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Donors To Uganda Continue To Announce Aid Suspensions Because Of Anti-Gay Law

As international outcry over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill continues, the World Bank announces it has postponed a loan to the country meant to strengthen its health care system. Associated Press: Uganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay law “Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted…

U.S.-Funded Hospital In Afghanistan Fails To Open

Reuters: Ambitious U.S. hospital project in Afghanistan faces failure “An ambitious U.S.-funded project to build hospitals in Afghanistan has run into the ground, with the largest hospital ever planned in the country unlikely to open in full, U.S. and Afghan officials said…” (Donati/Harooni, 3/5).

Op-Ed Examines Reasons Why India’s Polio Effort Was Successful

New York Times: An End to Polio in India? Esha Chhabra, freelance journalist”…The success of India’s polio effort has turned it into a blueprint for large-scale health campaigns. Now India is using what it did with polio to boost rates of routine vaccinations. … The Indian government has pitched in…

NEJM Perspective Piece Examines Global Shortage Of Health Professionals

New England Journal of Medicine: Global Supply of Health Professionals Nigel Crisp of the U.K. House of Lords and Lincoln Chen of the China Medical Board “There is a global crisis of severe shortages and marked maldistribution of health professionals that is exacerbated by three great global transitions — demographic…

Save The Children Report Describes State Of Syria’s Collapsing Health System

News outlets report on Save the Children’s new report (.pdf) released Monday on the state of Syria’s collapsing health care system. New York Times: Report Cites ‘Devastating Toll’ on Health of Syria’s Children “The Syrian civil war’s impact on the health of Syria’s children is far more insidious than has…

Lesotho’s HIV ‘Expert Patient’ Program Suffering Funding Shortfalls

Deutsche Welle: Cutbacks threaten Lesotho’s HIV sufferers “… Around half of Lesotho’s expert patients [who fill the gap between doctors and their patients] are funded directly by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Now, due to contribution shortfalls from donor countries, support from the Global Fund for…

Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care After MSF Forced To Halt Myanmar Operations

News outlets report on the condition of Myanmar’s health system in its Rakhine state after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, was forced to stop its operations there. Associated Press: Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar “…Living conditions in The Chaung village and surrounding camps…

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…

Research Collaborations Can Improve Health Care, Policy In Africa

PLOS Medicine: Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations Kathryn Chu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Sudha Jayaraman of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; and Patrick Kyamanywa and Georges Ntakiyiruta of the University of Rwanda “…Global health partnerships and international research collaborations have enormous potential to improve…

GAVI Takes Steps Toward Improving Data Verification

“…[W]e’re encouraged by the GAVI Alliance’s new application guidelines, which outline strengthened requirements for data verification of the immunization outcomes used for performance payments as part of its Health System Strengthening (HSS) support,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow with the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Kate McQueston, a program…