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Blog Examines Public Health Impacts Of Mental Health Disorders In Africa

Global Health Africa: Responding to the Needs of the Vulnerable: The State of Mental Health Care in Africa Diana Kingsbury, an instructor at Kent State University and a blog contributor, discusses the impacts of mental health and substance use disorders on public health systems in Africa (5/18).

New Drugs Approved To Treat TB; Access To Treatment Still Uncertain

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB drug approvals, distribution deal inches options forward, but MDR-TB treatment access still uncertain where needed most Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses recent TB drug approvals and potential…

HIV Drug Treatment In Short Supply In Venezuela

USA Today: Anti-HIV drugs dry up in Venezuela “The wretched condition of Venezuela under its socialist leadership is now worsening the ability of hospitals to treat people, especially patients with HIV. … Nearly 50,000 Venezuelans are taking antiretrovirals … [but t]housands of HIV patients are now without their medicines, non-profit…

UNFPA, Gates Foundation MOU Aimed At Improving Contraceptive Access Through Innovation

“…Innovation is the key to improving access to family planning services and contraceptives. … That’s exactly what the partnership that UNFPA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently signed is all about. … UNFPA and the Gates Foundation will collaborate to develop and identify innovative approaches to allow for…

Belief In Witchcraft Undermining Health Care In Papua New Guinea

IRIN: Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service “…[S]tories [of people being treated by traditional healers because they believe they are cursed] are not uncommon in [Papua New Guinea (PNG)], a largely traditional society with 836 languages and where belief in witchcraft or sanguma as it is known in Tok Pisin,…

Survey Shows Widespread Support For Public Health Efforts In Africa

The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project blog reports on new survey data showing “[c]oncerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority. In particular, people want their governments to improve the quality of…

NEJM Features Articles On Global Health Issues

The New England Journal of Medicine features several pieces on global health in its current issue. In an editorial, David Hunter of Harvard School of Public Health and Harvey Fineberg of the Institute of Medicine discuss “five major forces and trends suggesting that as the 21st century progresses, a global…

Global Health Product Development Forum Shows ‘Tremendous Progress’ In Field

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the foundation, shares his reflections on the 2014 Global Health Product Development Forum, which took place last week in Seattle. Mundel notes, “This year’s forum — and the many productive meetings that took…

J&J Announces Collaboration With Stop TB Partnership To Improve Access To TB Drug

Media sources report on efforts by Johnson & Johnson to improve access to Sirturo, its medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Bloomberg News: J&J Eases Access for Tuberculosis Drug in Poor Nations “Johnson & Johnson is taking steps to ensure Sirturo, its medicine for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis, is available and…

Pulitzer Center Report Examines Health Care In India

Pulizter Center on Crisis Reporting: India’s Health Care Crisis “Journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photojournalist Sami Siva report on a broad cross-section of urban and rural health care issues in West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh, including the routine discrimination against patients with HIV/AIDS in state hospitals, a promising public…