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Panel Of Experts Discusses Improving Prenatal Care In Developing Nations

Medill News Service/United Press International: Poor prenatal care driving change in developing nations “Contraception, health care coverage, abortion-rights debates — the dominating issues in the women’s health debate in the United States also resonate internationally, especially in developing countries and areas with low resources. … [A] panel Tuesday at the…

Quality As Important As Access In Universal Health Coverage

New England Journal of Medicine: Putting Quality on the Global Health Agenda Kirstin Scott and Ashish Jha of the Initiative on Global Health Quality in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health “…Universal health coverage has been proposed as a potential umbrella goal for…

UNITAID President Discusses Eradicating Extreme Poverty, Tackling AIDS

Euronews: UNITAID head on ending extreme poverty, tackling AIDS and innovative fund raising Euronews’s “The Global Conversation” interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy, former minister in the French government and president of UNITAID, on “eradicat[ing] extreme poverty and rais[ing] awareness of the need to tackle AIDS in the world’s poorest countries” (7/3).

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

Public-Private Partnership Brings Drugs, Essential Medical Supplies To Remote Areas

Huffington Post: Going the Extra Mile for Health Wendy Taylor, director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID, and Michael Goltzman, vice president of international government relations & public affairs at the CocaCola Company “…Five years ago, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria turned…

Ethiopia’s Decriminalization Of Abortion Helping To Reduce Maternal Deaths

IRIN: Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law “After decades battling high maternal death rates — at least a third of which were due to botched abortions — Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives.…

Blog Summarizes News From AIDS 2014

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” is live-blogging this week from the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Science Speaks: AIDS 2014: PrEP is a beginning with new prevention technologies in the works “Kenneth Mayer of the Fenway Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health offered a…

Myanmar’s Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care

Reuters: Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis “…Since international aid groups were forced out of [Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine] in February and March, members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community who relied on them say basic health care services have all but disappeared…” (Mooney/Win, 7/24).

Rapid Economic Growth Not Spurring Increase In African Health Care Spending

Los Angeles Times: African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth “…Ebola has focused attention on the inability of local [African] health systems to contain a major disease outbreak. But even in African nations untouched by the epidemic, health systems are struggling with insufficient financing and poor organization. That is…

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:…

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