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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

May 21, 2015

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Report Urges Greater Protection Of HCWs, Patients, Health Facilities, As Attacks Documented In 17 Countries

New York Times: Health Workers and Patients Under Threat in 17 Countries, Report Finds “Health workers, patients, and medical facilities have come under attack in 17 countries since the start of 2014, a coalition of 24 nongovernmental organizations said in a report released Wednesday that urged a greater international effort…

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Gates Foundation To Increase Nutrition Investments To Boost Other Development Sectors

Devex: Gates Foundation ‘more than doubling down’ on nutrition “Speaking Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chair Melinda Gates said her foundation — the world’s largest private foundation — will be ‘more than doubling down’ on nutrition investments in the lead-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in…

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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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WHO Sends Ebola Response Team To Guinea-Bissau Border Neighboring Recent Cluster In Guinea District

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] reported ‘a substantial increase’ in the weekly total of new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border…

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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 Must Play Larger Role In Protecting People From Pollution, U.N. Independent Expert Says

U.N. News Centre: Expert urges U.N. health agency to do more to protect people from toxic substances “The U.N. independent expert on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes today urged the World Health Organization to ‘play a much larger,…

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Cholera Death Toll Rises To 65 In Kenya, Cases Increase In Nairobi, Health Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: Kenya cholera death toll rises to 65 “At least 65 people are confirmed to have died in a nearly five-month-old cholera outbreak in Kenya, with infections also continuing to rise in the capital Nairobi, health officials said Wednesday…” (5/20).

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South Korea’s Second MERS Case Confirmed In Woman Who Nursed Infected Husband, Health Ministry Says

Reuters: South Korea confirms second case of MERS virus; third case possible “South Korean health officials have confirmed the country’s second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who nursed her infected husband before he was diagnosed with the disease after a trip to Bahrain…” (Cho, 5/20).

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Child Marriage Sanctions Sexual Violence, Must Be Ended, A.U. Goodwill Ambassador Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child marriage a form of slavery: African Union goodwill ambassador “Child marriage should be seen as a form of modern slavery and is tantamount to sanctioning child rape, the African Union’s goodwill ambassador said at a conference on ending the practice. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda said child marriage inflicted…

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