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MSF Accuses Gilead Of Restricting Hepatitis C Drug Access In Developing Countries

Reuters: Charity attacks Gilead over hepatitis C drug restrictions “Charity Médecins Sans Frontières has accused U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. of restricting access to its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in developing countries as it tries to protect profit margin in wealthier nations. MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders,…

Proper Hygiene, Access To Clean Water Essential To Prevent Maternal, Newborn Deaths

Huffington Post: A Healthy Start: Why Moms and Babies Everywhere Need Safe Water at Childbirth Sarina Prabasi, chief executive of WaterAid America “…[On Wednesday] WaterAid launche[d] Healthy Start — a new four-year campaign focusing on the devastating impact a lack of safe water, toilets, and proper hygiene practices have on…

Letter Calls For Formation Of TB Partnership To Improve Treatment Access

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB advocates call on organizations, leaders to work together, speed access to existing treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a letter sent last week by…

Improving WASH Access For Women Would Benefit Global Productivity, Economy, Report Says

Forbes: Water Access Improvements Will Improve Global Productivity “The Water For Women report released [Friday] written by a private-public partnership for the United Nations World Water Day highlights how very much global productivity can rise if the access of the poorer half of the world’s population to water improves. ……

Lancet Commentary Endorses Vancouver Consensus, Calls For Universal HIV Treatment Access

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Leaders, advocates, researchers, clinicians call for universal immediate HIV treatment access Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses an August 7 commentary published in The Lancet endorsing “the Vancouver Consensus, which emerged at the 2015 International AIDS Society conference last…

Fighting In Eastern DRC Forces Closure Of 32 Clinics, Official Says

IRIN: Amid clashes, many clinics close in eastern DRC “…According to the top medical health official in [the eastern Beni region of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province], 32 clinics around Beni have shut up shop since July. The people running the clinics are ‘frightened of being targeted…

Yemen War Hitting Children Hardest, UNICEF Says; WFP Warns Of Potential Famine

News outlets highlight findings from a new UNICEF report, titled Yemen: Childhood Under Threat, and famine warnings from the World Food Programme. Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of ‘storm’ of famine in conflict-hit Yemen “The United Nations warned Wednesday of a ‘developing famine’ in Yemen, where more than half a million…

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