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USAID Report Links Health Systems Strengthening To Measurable Impacts On Health Outcomes

USAID Health Finance and Governance Project: “Groundbreaking” Report Links HSS Interventions to Health Outcomes On Tuesday, “USAID’s Office of Health Systems (OHS) released a major new report, which for the first time presents a significant body of evidence linking health systems strengthening interventions to measurable impacts on health outcomes. The…

Low-Cost Oral Rehydration Solution Can Save Many Lives Worldwide

Skoll World Forum: ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Anita Zaidi, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases Program at the foundation “…One critically important intervention the health community has…

Health Messaging SMS Campaign Reaches 125K Pregnant Women, New Mothers In Tanzania

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzania’s free SMS health campaign helps pregnant women, new mothers “…Since the campaign, Wazazi Nipendeni, ‘Parents Love Me’ in Swahili, was introduced three years ago, some 125,000 pregnant women have registered for the free text messages. More than five million text messages have been sent to subscribers,…

More Than 70K Births In Liberia Unrecorded During Ebola Outbreak, Leaving Children Vulnerable To Trafficking, Denial Of Services, UNICEF Warns

New York Times: Liberia: Ebola Stalls Birth Registrations “The births of more than 70,000 children in Liberia during the Ebola crisis were never recorded, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization as noncitizens, denial of government services, trafficking, and illegal adoption, UNICEF reported Thursday…” (Gladstone, 7/30). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ebola disrupts Liberia…

Number Of Nations Reaching Immunization Goals Doubled Since 2000, But Challenges Remain, U.N. Data Show

News outlets report on updated WHO/UNICEF data on global immunizations. International Business Times: U.N. Agencies Say Number Of Countries Meeting Global Immunization Target Has Doubled “Between 2000 and 2014, the number of countries ensuring 90 percent coverage of children receiving routine, life-saving vaccinations doubled, UNICEF and the World Health Organization…

PEPFAR Using Data To Effectively Target Resources, Help Achieve AIDS-Free Generation For Women, Children

Huffington Post: Preventing New HIV Infections, Saving Lives Deborah L. Birx, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy “…PEPFAR is proud of its contributions to reducing new HIV infections among children, expanding access to [antiretroviral treatment (ART)] for adults and children, and preventing new infections…

Greater Investment In Health Systems, Workforce, Compassionate Role Models Necessary To Prevent Mistreatment During Childbirth

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: Stronger Health Systems Could End Abuse during Childbirth Rebeccah Bartlett, a nurse and UNC-IntraHealth summer fellow, discusses volunteering in a maternity ward in 2013 in the Philippines, where “[w]hat troubled me most was the way the women were treated.” She recounts verbal and physical mistreatment of…

U.N.-Backed Diagnostics Access Initiative Announces Lower Price Of Infant HIV Testing Technologies In Partnership With Roche

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed initiative announces deal to sharply lower price of HIV early infant diagnosis “A dramatic 35 percent reduction in the price for HIV early infant diagnostic technologies [Monday was] announced by the United Nations-backed Diagnostics Access Initiative, in partnership with Roche Diagnostics. … The new access price…

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