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Devex Continues #HealthyMeans Series With Opinion Pieces On Health Care Access

Devex: Want to fight dengue effectively? Get access to communities with local volunteers Walter Cotte, under secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Devex: Universal health coverage: An empty promise without focusing on chronic diseases Katie Dain, executive director of the NCD Alliance Devex:…

Autism Program Funding In Ethiopia Faces Catch-22; Mothers Create Care Center

Devex: For aid to Ethiopia’s autistic, the numbers don’t add up “…[T]hose few aid organizations that do provide services to Ethiopia’s autistic children face a difficult paradox: Their students require highly individualized, focused attention and low staff-to-child ratios, while most donors want to see big beneficiary numbers before they agree…

World Must Prepare For Aging Population, WHO, Lancet Say

Media sources report on calls from the WHO to prepare for a global aging population and the publication of a series in The Lancet on the issue. The Lancet: Series on Aging “This Series on Aging highlights a neglected area in the health sector and in social and economic-policy development.…

News Outlets Examine Cervical Cancer Screening In Developing Countries

News outlets report on cervical cancer screening in developing countries. Inter Press Service: Mozambique Tackles its Twin Burden of Cervical Cancer and HIV “…Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer among Mozambican women aged 15-44, says [Amir Modan of the United Nations Population Fund in Maputo]. Health authorities are tackling…

Cardiovascular Disease Top Health Challenge In Africa, But Funding Reflects Different Narrative

The Atlantic: Africa’s Top Health Challenge: Cardiovascular Disease “…[W]hile donors have poured resources into fighting infectious diseases, non-communicable, chronic diseases have quietly but rapidly ascended the morbidity and mortality ladders, especially high blood pressure, or hypertension. Today, cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa in adults…

Rwanda Program Provides Lessons On Providing Cancer Care To Poor

Nature Reviews Cancer: Bringing cancer care to the poor: experiences from Rwanda Rwanda Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho, Lawrence Shulman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and Partners in Health “…[T]he scientific yields of recent decades that have dramatically advanced…

Experts Warn Of TB-Diabetes Co-Infection

Reuters: Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB “Cases of tuberculosis are set [to] accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday…” (Hirschler,…

New Global Campaign Launched To Raise Awareness Of Stroke Among Women

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: October 29 is World Stroke Day Mary George, deputy associate director for science and senior medical officer in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, writes, “On October 29, 2014, for World Stroke…

Higher Taxes, Greater Regulation Key To Curbing Tobacco ‘Epidemic,’ WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says U.N. health agency “The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco ‘epidemic’ and…

WHO Approves Measure Urging Nations To Raise Tobacco Taxes

Washington Times: U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session “The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure [urging] countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a…