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Look To Global HIV Treatment Successes For Lessons On Hepatitis C

Washington Post: The global AIDS response can help in fighting hepatitis C Paul Farmer, a professor at Harvard University, an infectious disease physician with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a co-founder of Partners in Health “…Smart investments in accurate diagnosis and in effective therapy for hepatitis C…

Pulitzer Center Features Articles On Maternal Health Care In Guinea

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting features two articles on maternal health care in Guinea. Pulitzer Center: Guinea: Realities of Maternity Care “The West African nation of Guinea has some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and infant death. For families that can afford improved medical facilities and services…

Blog Examines Debate Surrounding High Cost Of Hepatitis C Drug

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes ongoing debate surrounding the high cost of a newly approved and highly effective treatment for Hepatitis C. “…[T]he drug shortens treatment for chronic hepatitis C from 48 weeks to 12, and offers a 90 percent cure rate, at more than…

‘Grand Convergence,’ Strategic Investments In Health Are Critical For SDGs

LiveMint: Towards a single health goal K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India and a member of the Commission on Investing in Health “…The commission believes that infectious diseases, maternal and child health — which constitute the grand convergence — together with some key elements of…

Developing Nations Ask For Affordable Hepatitis C Drug

New York Times: Poor Nations Seek New Hepatitis C Drug “Now that wealthy nations have a simple pill regimen that can cure hepatitis C, calls are mounting from representatives of poor nations for the same drugs…” (McNeil, 2/10).

Number Of Winter-Related Illnesses Rising In Northwest Pakistan, Doctors Report

Reuters: Doctors say health crisis growing in Pakistan’s remote northwest “Already enduring frequent attacks on militants by U.S. drone aircraft, a Taliban insurgency, sectarian violence and poverty, Pakistanis in the remote northwest face a new enemy: an unusually bitter winter. A growing number of cases of pneumonia, hypothermia and other…

High Maternal Mortality Rate Plagues Zimbabwe

Al Jazeera: Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality crisis “…Each year in Zimbabwe, an estimated 3,000 women die during child birth and at least 1.23 percent of GDP is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to the United Nations. The situation is especially bad for poor women in rural Zimbabwe, who continue…

Gilead To License New Hepatitis C Drug To Indian Generic Drug Manufacturers

Reuters: Gilead to license hepatitis C drug to lower-cost manufacturers in India “Gilead Sciences plans to license its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to a number of Indian generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing for lower-priced sales of the medication in that developing nation, according to the company…” (Beasley, 2/6).