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U.S. Group Challenges Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug Patents In 5 Countries

Reuters: Gilead patents on costly hepatitis C drug challenged in five countries “A U.S. group is trying to block patents in five countries for Gilead Sciences Inc.’s costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, in a bid to give almost 60 million afflicted people access to cheaper generic versions. In Argentina, Brazil,…

Women From Philippines, CAR Share Motherhood Stories

Huffington Post: Stories of Motherhood from Central Africa to South East Asia Maria Cristina H. Oñate, project coordinator at Save the Children “…Maria Christina H. Oñate is from Metro Manila, Philippines. Holding the 105th spot out of 179 nations [in Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report], the…

High Maternal Mortality Rates Persist In Latin America Despite Social Progress

Inter Press Service: Pregnancy and Childbirth Still Kill Too Many Women in Latin America “In spite of strides in social progress, Latin America’s maternal mortality rates remain unacceptable, and many of the deaths are avoidable, occurring partly because of neglect of the prescriptions provided by experts: preventive action and health…

Russian Government’s Policies Worsening HIV Epidemic, Expert Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia’s HIV epidemic worsening “Russia’s top AIDS expert lambasted the Kremlin’s increasingly conservative agenda Thursday, saying the HIV epidemic is worsening and at least two million Russians are likely to be infected in about five years. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the country’s state…

Devex Examines World Bank President Jim Kim’s ‘Science Of Delivery’ System

Devex: Inside Jim Kim’s ‘science of delivery’ “…Kim’s emphasis on delivery and systematically sharing knowledge can be traced at least back to his time at the World Health Organization from 2003 to 2006. It was at the WHO where Kim noticed that policymakers and health care workers with access to…

Income Inequality Limits Reproductive Rights Of Women In Latin America, BBC Reports

BBC News: How inequality limits reproductive rights in Latin America “…In five countries abortion is outlawed completely and heavy restrictions such as those in Paraguay are in place across the region. But this is not just an issue of competing liberal norms and conservative values. It is mainly about inequality…