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Indonesia Launches Universal Health Coverage Amid Public Enthusiasm, Caution From Experts

IRIN: Hopes and fears as Indonesia rolls out universal health care “The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care. The government aims to have every Indonesian covered by health insurance by…

Stigma Remains Barrier To HIV Treatment For Sex Workers In Myanmar

IRIN: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains In Myanmar, “[d]espite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services…” (1/14).

Bloomberg Businessweek Examines Russia’s AIDS Epidemic

Bloomberg Businessweek: Russian HIV Surge Shows Scourge Sochi Swagger Can’t Mask “…Hidden from the outside world and abetted by policies that critics say promote infections rather than curbing them, the HIV scourge plaguing Russia is one that even the poorest countries have begun to subdue. As Putin puts the final…

Bill Gates Discusses Achieving A Polio-Free India

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates discusses the success of India’s polio elimination efforts. He writes, “India’s victory galvanized the global health community to commit to achieving a polio-free world by 2018.” He notes that “India’s success is cause…

Gates Foundation Support Enables Indonesian TB Treatment Program

Gabrielle Fitzgerald, director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about a TB treatment program in Indonesia. “…I visited Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital with colleagues from the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] and Tahir, a prominent…

China Reports Additional Cases Of H7N9 Bird Flu

News outlets report the latest data on H7N9 bird flu in China. Reuters: China reports second H7N9 bird flu death in a week “China reported one more death from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in southwestern Guizhou province, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, in the second death…

TIME Features Articles On India’s Food Security Law

TIME: India’s Plan to Feed 800 Million People Is Either Amazing or Insane “…In an unprecedented experiment, the central government is now legally bound to provide each of over 800 million people — just shy of the combined populations of the U.S. and the European Union — 5 kg of…

CGIAR Announces Increased Funding To Address Food Insecurity

VOA News: Expanded Research Puts Global Food Security on the Horizon “Scientists and food experts have high hopes in achieving global food security as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) recently announced a billion-dollar funding milestone. The world’s largest agriculture research partnership says funding for research and development went…