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Blog Highlights Debate Around South Africa’s Delayed Patent Reforms

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses details on “Pharmagate,” a plan with the aim “to derail proposed patent reforms in South Africa, [however,] those involved indicated that the plan, dubbed ‘genocidal’ by South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, was the product of a misunderstanding…” (Barton, 2/11).

U.N. Calls On African Countries To Protect Sexual Rights

VOA News: U.N. Urges African Nations to Protect Sexual Rights “African countries have been called upon to accept ‘sexual rights’ as an integral and inalienable part of basic human rights and remove all barriers preventing women and girls from claiming such rights…” (Kindzeka, 2/10).

‘Brain Drain,’ Migration Fosters Exports In Africa, Could Bring Development, Study Says

The Atlantic: Why ‘Brain Drain’ Can Actually Benefit African Countries “…Migration, then, is considered inversely proportional to success in African development. But a fascinating new paper from the World Bank turns this logic on its head. ‘Does Migration Foster Exports?­’ has a title with an unnecessary question mark. According to…

USAID, Ethiopia To Expand Partnership With Country’s Urban Health Program

Addis Standard: U.S., Ethiopia launch urban health program “The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, launched the Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program, which will promote greater health access and improved health status for more than 1.6 million households…

Rwanda, Global Fund Sign $204M Grant To Fight HIV

On Monday, “Rwanda signed a $204 million (around Rwf 138 bn) grant with the Global Fund for implementation of the five-year national strategic plan (2013-2018) to curb HIV/AIDS through this innovative financing mechanism. The innovative approach is expected to significantly contribute to improve the efficiency of the fight against HIV…

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…

Letter To Ugandan President Highlights Impact Anti-Gay Laws Have On Public Health

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights a “letter from physicians, researchers and academics explaining the science of sexual orientation and the impact of laws criminalizing homosexuality.” The letter “appeared as a full page ad in a Uganda newspaper last week [and] went directly to Uganda President…

Men Must Be Engaged In HIV Response

The Standard: Eliminating pediatric HIV, men should play a part Moses Mugugunyeki, an editor at The Standard “…Zimbabwe is making headway in achieving its Millennium Development Goal of reducing new HIV infections by half by the year 2015. … The role of men in society is unquestionable. It is for…