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Saving Lives At Birth Announces Round 6 Of Grand Challenge For Development

Saving Lives at Birth: Round 6 Broad Agency Announcement “USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers…

SIGAR Raises Concerns Over USAID-Funded Health Clinics In Afghanistan

United Press International: U.S. has wrong coordinates for several Afghanistan medical facilities, inspector says “…The special inspector general responsible for the oversight of rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan has determined that geographic coordinates given by U.S. officials for a handful of medical facilities there are inaccurate — in some cases by…

Kerala Offers Model For Palliative Care In India

New York Times: In India, Dispensers of Balm Travel to Death’s Door Ankita Rao, multimedia journalist “…How can health systems offer the possibility of a dignified death to everyone? … [I]t took time for palliative care to become an official part of Kerala’s health system. That happened in 2008, when…

MSF Clinic In Yemen Hit By Ordnance; Third Incident In 3 Months, Group Says

New York Times: Hospital Aided by Doctors Without Borders Is Bombed in Yemen “A hospital in northern Yemen supported by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders was struck by ordnance early Sunday, killing at least four people and causing several buildings to collapse, the organization said in a statement…” (Fahim,…

Philippines Legislature Removes Contraceptive Funding From National Budget, Health Secretary Says

Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Philippines axes contraceptive budget “The legislature in the mainly Catholic Philippines has axed the government’s budget for contraceptives, despite a law mandating that the state should provide them to the poor. The health secretary, Janette Garin, confirmed on Wednesday that the department’s 2016 budget for contraceptives had…

Access To Mental Health Services Limited In Congo

IRIN: Grappling with mental health challenges in Congo “…Despite the high needs, provision of mental health services is limited [in Congo]. Less than one percent of the government’s health budget goes towards it. There are six mental health hospitals in the entire country and only one mental health outpatient facility,…

As G7 Chair, Japan Can Promote UHC By Framing As Health Security Issue

BMJ Blogs: Gavin Yamey: Can Japan rouse the G7 nations to action on universal health coverage? Gavin Yamey, a professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, discusses Japan’s G7 chair status and its potential influence in promoting universal health coverage (UHC) as a focus issue for upcoming G7 summits. Yamey…