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Progress On HIV Viral Load Testing In 7 Sub-Saharan African Nations; Challenges Persist, Require International Support

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HIV viral load testing capacities progress, require global support, multiple partners to reach 90-90-90 goals Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a report recently published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that examined the implementation of and…

African Nations Must Strengthen Steps To Implement Universal Health Coverage

Project Syndicate: Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa Matshidiso Moeti, regional director for Africa at the WHO “…[S]trong health care systems are critical not only in times of crisis. They are also needed to provide children with life-saving immunizations; to provide women with reproductive care, including contraception; and to provide…

Malawi, UNICEF Open Drone-Testing Corridor For Delivering Health Care, Disaster Relief

Agence France-Presse: Malawi drone test center to help with health care, disasters “Malawi on Thursday launched Africa’s first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests…” (12/15). U.N. News Centre: UNICEF partners with the…

Tanzania Unveils Digital Health Road Map To Improve 5 System Areas, From Performance To Data

Devex: Tanzania’s new digital health road map has the government ‘in the driver’s seat’ “Tanzania’s new digital health road map offers a pioneering example of ‘putting national government in the driver’s seat’ and of systems based approaches to e-health, experts say. … The plan is the culmination of an 18-month…

New Issue Of Global Health: Science And Practice Journal Available Online

Global Health: Science and Practice: December 2016 The new issue of the Global Health: Science and Practice online journal features articles on various topics, including an editorial on rethinking approaches to indoor residual spraying for malaria; a research article on the use of referral systems to integrate health and economic…

President-Elect Trump Should Acknowledge Effects Of Climate Change On Most Vulnerable

New York Times: As Donald Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die of It Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…Climate change, disproportionately caused by carbon emissions from America, seems to be behind a severe drought that has led crops to wilt across seven countries in Southern Africa. The result…

Mali Eliminates Guinea Worm Disease, According To Government Figures, Carter Center

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Mali eradicates Guinea worm in global milestone against parasitic disease “Mali has eliminated Guinea worm disease bringing the world a step closer to eradicating the debilitating parasitic disease that is now only endemic in three African countries, the U.S.-based Carter Center said, citing provisional government figures. Guinea…

Most XDR-TB Cases Spread From Person-To-Person, Study Shows

NPR: Why Is Extensively Drug-Resistant TB On The Rise? “One of the big questions about extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis [XDR-TB] is whether this severe form of the disease is on the rise due to a failure of medications or if it’s spreading through the air. A new study of more than…

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