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MSF Opposes Pfizer’s Pneumonia Vaccine Patent Application In India

LiveMint: Doctors Without Borders opposes Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine patent in India “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, a Paris-based international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization, on Friday said it has filed a ‘patent opposition’ in India to prevent U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. from getting a patent on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine…

South Korea Considering Exceptions To North Korea Sanctions To Allow TB Medication Shipments

Reuters: South Korea considers approval of North Korea tuberculosis aid despite sanctions “South Korea is considering allowing a shipment of tuberculosis medication to North Korea, a government official said on Thursday, despite newly imposed sanctions against the reclusive state for its recent nuclear test and rocket launch…” (Park/Pearson, 3/10).

Ipas Trains Indian Health Care Workers In Safer Abortion Technique

The Guardian: India’s doctors learn safer abortion techniques to cut maternal deaths “…At Vani Vilas hospital for women and children in Bangalore, in the south-west state of Karnataka, doctors and nurses gather for training in a safer, quicker [abortion] procedure — the manual vacuum aspiration technique, which is significantly underused…

Pakistan Records 3 New Polio Cases, Bringing Global Total For Year To 5

VOA News: New Cases of Polio Reported in Pakistan “Three new cases of polio were reported in Pakistan last week, bringing the total number of worldwide polio cases this year to five — all of them in Pakistan. The country remains front and center in the global fight to eradicate…

Global Health Communication Approaches Should Cater To Target Audiences

Humanosphere: Amid a flurry of high-tech approaches, programs find merit in low-tech techniques David J. Olson, global development communications and social marketing consultant, discusses the role of using high- and low-tech global health interventions to bring health information to hard-to-reach populations, noting the importance of using the appropriate form of…

Cultural Stigma Complicates Care For Many Living With HIV In South Korea, Activists Say

Christian Science Monitor: South Korea struggles to overcome cultural stigma of AIDS “…Many [people living with HIV] risk being ostracized by family and friends, saddled with a stigma that has its roots in Confucian beliefs that still thrive alongside the country’s advanced economy and pop culture juggernaut. Kim Jae-cheon, an…

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