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U.N., Countries Must Address All Barriers To Improve Access To Medicines

Devex: U.N. needs to look beyond patents for improving access to medicines David J. Olson, technical adviser for the Palladium Group “…[L]eaks from [U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines’] highly secretive proceedings suggest that the secretary general told the panel to focus on intellectual property and…

Long-Term Political Will, Funding For Health Systems Improvement Critical To Ending Preventable Maternal Deaths

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Women Around the World”: Ending Preventable Maternal Death Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer of Partners In Health, discusses ways in which the organization addresses women’s health issues globally, including supporting community health workers, providing prenatal care early, supporting facility-based deliveries, and supporting the provision of emergency…

Humanitarian Organizations Must Respond Quickly To Emergency Situation In Nigeria’s Borno State

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Humanitarian Emergency in Northeast Nigeria Jean-Hervé Bradol, emergency coordinator for Borno State and research director at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Center for Reflection on Humanitarian Knowledge and Action (CRASH), discusses the humanitarian crisis that has developed since Boko Haram’s occupation of Borno state in…

The Atlantic Examines Challenges To Preventing, Treating TB

The Atlantic: The Danger of Ignoring Tuberculosis “…[I]n the United States, where tuberculosis has been on the decline since 1992, there’s a vague perception that it is a historic disease — long since cured and largely forgotten. That is not the case. Tuberculosis remains a major killer. As antibiotic-resistant strains…

TPP Would Result In Increased Drug Prices In Developing Countries

The Hill: TPP would make medicine a luxury for developing nations Nicholas Archer, contributor to Economics21 and student at Hillsdale College “…The [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] agreement offers many benefits, but contains several troubling provisions, including one that would force member countries to implement strong monopoly protections for newly introduced biologics.…

Guardian Seminar Explores WHO’s ‘Test And Treat’ HIV Policy With Expert Panel

The Guardian: Can WHO’s new ‘test and treat’ HIV policy reach those who need it most? “…The WHO’s new ‘test and treat’ policy aims to cut HIV transmission by suppressing the virus in those carrying it, which decreases their likelihood of passing it on to others. Yet, reaching the remaining…

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