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U.S. Group Challenges Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug Patents In 5 Countries

Reuters: Gilead patents on costly hepatitis C drug challenged in five countries “A U.S. group is trying to block patents in five countries for Gilead Sciences Inc.’s costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, in a bid to give almost 60 million afflicted people access to cheaper generic versions. In Argentina, Brazil,…

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Despite Global Successes In Malaria Eradication Efforts, Challenges To Prevention, Treatment Remain

The Guardian: Malaria: can we eradicate one of the world’s deadliest diseases? “…[I]n recent years genuine progress has been made in pushing back against this disease, with an estimated 4.3 million lives saved from malaria since 2001, thanks to a colossal global push. … So how can this be sustained?…

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WHO Governing Body Agrees To Global Malaria Strategy, Budget For 2016-17

WHO: World Health Assembly agrees Global Malaria Strategy and Program Budget 2016-17 “…The strategy aims to reduce the global disease burden by 40 percent by 2020, and by at least 90 percent by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 new countries by 2030. Between 2000…

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BBC Examines Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic In Russia

BBC News: Fighting HIV where no-one admits it’s a problem “For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and AIDS. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades — and he…

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Partners In Health Works In Conjunction With Peruvian Government To Treat TB

NPR: She’s Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She’s Hopeful “Drug-resistant tuberculosis is not only airborne and lethal; it’s one of the most difficult diseases in the world to cure. … The key to containing it is to get patients into treatment. But that treatment can take…

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Disease Eradication Efforts Must Continue In Earnest, Be Fully Supported Until Completion

Bloomberg Business: How the World Is Wiping Out Killer Diseases Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…These eradication efforts [for Guinea worm, polio, malaria, and other diseases] represent genuine and largely unheralded breakthroughs, not just for Africa but for the planet as a whole. At the…

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Free, Anonymous HIV Testing, Treatment Can Reduce HIV-Related Deaths Among Key Populations In Bangkok, Study Says

World Bank: Expanding Free, Anonymous HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment Essential to Save Many Lives in Bangkok “There is an HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Bangkok. Increasing the availability and use of free and anonymous testing and treatment of HIV infection among all at-risk groups,…

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International Community Must Take Necessary Steps To Reach Every Child For Polio Immunization

Devex: What we’ve learned about reaching every last child Hamid Jafari, director of global polio eradication operations and research at the WHO “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership, has managed to reach and vaccinate almost every last child on earth in a bid to rid the globe of…

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Unsafe Funeral Practices Cause Guinea’s Ebola Cases To Rise, Health Official Says

Reuters: Guinea Ebola cases climb due to transmissions at funerals “Guinea has seen a spate of new Ebola cases due to transmissions at funerals, a worrying sign for the African nation as it seeks to stamp out a year-long epidemic that has killed over 11,000 people across the region, a…

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TB Described As ‘National Emergency’ In PNG Due To Poor Access To Health Care, Rising Multidrug-Resistant Cases

Al Jazeera America: Taming one of world’s oldest diseases in fast-growing Papua New Guinea “…Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Pacific region, where 60 percent of new cases originate, according to the World Health Organization. The epidemic there is being described as a national emergency.…

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