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India Rejects Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug Patent Request; Decision Will Allow Local Companies To Make Generic Versions

Financial Times: India spurns Gilead over hepatitis C patent “India’s patent controller has rejected a patent application from Gilead Sciences for a key compound for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, a refusal that activists said would allow Indian companies immediately to start producing cheap generic versions of the medicine…”…

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Dengue Fever Deaths Among Cambodian Children Down 64% In 2014

Xinhua: Dengue fever kills 21 Cambodian kids last year, down 64 pct “At least 21 Cambodian children had been killed by dengue fever last year, a decrease of 64 percent from 59 deaths in 2013, [a] local newspaper reported Wednesday…” (1/15).

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Catholics In Philippines Increasingly Support Contraception Use, As Pope Visits Country

Wall Street Journal: Pope Faces Changing Attitudes on Birth Control in Philippines “Pope Francis lands in the Philippines Thursday facing a rapidly changing society where Catholicism remains strong, but where some Catholics dismiss the Church’s line on sex and birth control as outdated. … Last year, the Philippine Supreme Court…

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Improving Maternal, Newborn Survival Requires Training, Community Buy-In For Lifesaving Practices

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Making Childbirth Safer: It Takes a Sales Force Atul Gawande, executive director of Ariadne Labs; Vishwajeet Kumar, founder and CEO of Community Empowerment Lab; Ruth Landy, principal at Strategic Communication for Social Impact; and Mariam Claeson, director of the MNCH team at the…

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China Boosts Ebola Support To West Africa With Additional Health Workers

Associated Press: China sending large Ebola relief team to West Africa “China is ramping up its assistance in the fight against Ebola by dispatching an additional 232 army medical workers to West Africa, state media reported Tuesday…” (1/13).

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212 Cambodian Villagers Infected With HIV; Outbreak Linked To Contaminated Needles

Reuters: Cambodia finds 212 with HIV where unlicensed medic operated “Cambodian health authorities have found 212 villagers infected with HIV in a district where an unlicensed medic has been charged with murder on suspicion of spreading the virus with contaminated equipment…” (Thul, 1/10). VOA News: HIV Outbreak Linked to Infected…

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Community-Based Workers Spread Family Planning Messages In Laos; Experts Say More Women Needed In Role

The Guardian: Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos “…While CBD [community-based distribution] workers … are proving critical in reaching remote and mountainous areas once cut off from family planning services, there is an important element missing — women. According to a Laos government spokesperson, of the 74 CBD workers…

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Increased Political Commitment, Attention To TB Bolstering Control Efforts In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How India is moving the needle on TB Puneet Dewan, senior program officer for tuberculosis in the Gates Foundation’s India office, discusses TB efforts in India, writing, “The increased public attention, political commitment, and innovative solutions are generating much optimism and momentum around…

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Eastern Europe, Central Asia Region Faces International Aid Cuts To HIV, TB Funding, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Marginalized Communities Warn of AIDS/TB “Tragedy” in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…The EECA is home to the world’s only growing HIV/AIDS epidemic and is the single most-affected region by the spread of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). For years, HIV/AIDS and TB programs in many of its…

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Chinese Family Planning Enforcers Working As Child Development Counselors In Pilot Program

The Economist: Family Planning: Enforcing with a smile “…[Qin Shuhui] is a member of a 1 million-strong army of family planning officials whose mission is to enforce China’s one-child policy. … Ms. Qin is part of a small pilot program that began in November, involving just 69 workers in the…

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