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South Africa Faces Challenges Implementing Universal Health Coverage

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: The Arduous Path to Universal Health Coverage in South Africa Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow in the CSIS Africa Program, discusses South Africa’s efforts to implement a National Health Insurance (NHI) program and the challenges facing the country as it…

Partnerships Can Help Women With Fistula Access Treatment, Care

Huffington Post: We Can Prevent and Treat Obstetric Fistula. Let’s Do Both. Catherine Murphy, director of digital marketing for Mercy Ships “On International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, the global health community paused to stand with the more than two million women around the world who live with the untreated…

African Health Leaders, International Partners Can Improve Continent’s Future

The Lancet: African health leaders: claiming the future Agnes Binagwaho, minister of health of Rwanda, and Nigel Crisp, independent member of the House of Lords and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health “Improving health in Africa is a team effort that involves many people from different…

China Rejects Patent Application For Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug

Reuters: China rejects patent linked to Gilead hepatitis C drug “China has rejected a Gilead Sciences Inc. patent application related to its costly hepatitis C drug, a U.S. advocacy group said, adding the move may lead to other countries to consider rejecting patents for the controversial treatment…”

Petitioners File Suit Against Kenyan Government, Call For Safe Abortion Guidelines

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya in court after botched abortion injures raped 15-year-old “The mother of a 15-year-old rape survivor, who needs a kidney transplant following a botched backstreet abortion, filed a case against Kenya’s government on Monday for denying women and girls safe access to terminations. … The petitioners are…

Continued Violence In Syria Blocks Humanitarian Access To Those In Need, U.N. Relief Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: deputy U.N. relief chief urges political solution amid ‘extremely challenging’ humanitarian crisis “Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, [Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang] warned…

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