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Helping the most vulnerable: using patient navigators to strengthen health systems in Guatemala

This post originally appeared on Healthcare: The Journal Blog. As Rosita walks through the halls towards her first radiology appointment, she cannot read a single Read More

Decentralization and Governance of Universal Health Coverage

Decentralization is frequently recommended as a governance remedy for a wide variety of ills, for example: a means to deepen democratic governance and citizen empowerment, Read More

How do political considerations shape Universal Health Coverage?

How many times have you heard that there is a consensus on universal health coverage (UHC)?  How often have you been told that the global Read More

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Number Of DRC Ebola Cases Nears 1,000

Agence France-Presse: Ebola death confirmed in eastern DR Congo provincial capital “A six-month-old baby in the eastern DR Congo city of Bunia has died of Ebola, becoming the first fatality of the disease in a provincial capital, the heath ministry said Thursday…” (3/21). CIDRAP News: Ebola total approaches 1,000 as cases reappear in Beni “Continuing…More


‘Urgent And Sustained Funding’ Needed To Address Humanitarian Crisis In DRC, U.N. Officials…

U.N. News: ‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up “‘Urgent and sustained funding’ for a government-led response to what is now a ‘massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF)…More


Authors Of New Lancet Article Highlight 5 Key Takeaways On Link Between Democracy, Health

Washington Post: Democracy matters for health care. Here’s how we measured this. Tom Bollyky, director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations; Tara Templin, health policy PhD student at Stanford University; and Simon Wigley, associate professor of philosophy and department chair at Bilkent University “…[N]ew research suggests that elections and health…More


WHO, Aid Agencies Begin Providing Health Assistance To Cyclone-Hit Southern African Nations To…

Agence France-Presse: Toll from cyclone-hit southern Africa surges as U.N. launches health aid “The death toll from a cyclone that ravaged three southern African countries last week headed Thursday towards 400, as officials estimated that more than 1.7 million people had been affected by the storm and 15,000 people were still stranded in floodwater. As…More


U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Warns Venezuela’s Political Division Worsening Already Poor…

VOA News: U.N.’s Bachelet: Political Division Worsening Venezuela’s Rights Situation “The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, warns political divisions in Venezuela are worsening an already critical human rights and humanitarian situation in the country. In a report presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Bachelet urged the dissenting factions to resolve their…More


Working Paper Analyzes Impacts Of Global Fund Financing On Governance, Development

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Georgetown researchers find link between Global Fund support and better governance “In a new working paper, researchers from Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law analyzed the impact of Global Fund financing on governance and development in countries over the past decade and…More


Japan Pledges US$339.3 Million To Global Fund

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Japan Makes Significant Contribution to Global Fund “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria applauds Japan’s latest contribution of US$339.3 million to the Global Fund, signaling strong leadership in global health by Japan. … The contribution of US$339.3 million brings Japan close to fulfilling its…More


U.S., International Health Officials Easing Zika-Related Travel Warnings

Washington Post: As Zika danger wanes, travel warnings are eased for pregnant women “U.S. and international health officials are easing warnings against travel to regions with Zika virus because the threat has diminished markedly since the virus began to sweep across the globe four years ago. The World Health Organization designated Zika a global health…More


World Can Eradicate TB By 2045 But Only With Greater Investments In Diagnosis, Treatment,…

Agence France-Presse: Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045: experts “The world can eradicate tuberculosis by 2045 if the fight against the killer disease is properly funded, an international team of experts said Wednesday. Warning of the immense economic and social costs of inaction, they said that better screening, treatments, and public awareness were needed to…More


WASH Remains Critical To Health Security

Daily Caller: The Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Highlights a Big Mistake in Global Health Security Lindsay Denny, senior public health program associate for the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University and technical adviser for Global Water 2020 “…The absence of water/sanitation/hygiene is a daily threat. … It is not some unpronounceable drug that alone…More


WEF Writer Discusses Impact Of Air Pollution On Children’s Health, Development

World Economic Forum: Our poisonous air is harming our children’s brains Douglas Broom, senior writer for formative content at WEF, discusses the impacts of air pollution on children’s health and development, writing, “Action is becoming increasingly urgent. A 2018 United Nations report said that although child mortality rates have more than halved in the past…More


USAID Sends Disaster Assistance Team To Mozambique For Cyclone Idai Response

USAID: Statement by Acting USAID Spokesperson Tom Babington on the Deployment of the Disaster Assistance Team to Mozambique in Response to Cyclone Idai “[On Wednesday], the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) [activated] a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mozambique to lead the U.S. government’s response to Cyclone Idai, which has caused catastrophic flooding,…More


Southern Africa Humanitarian Emergency Growing In Aftermath Of Cyclone Idai, Aid Workers Say

New York Times: Cyclone Idai May Be ‘One of the Worst’ Disasters in the Southern Hemisphere “Cyclone Idai, the storm that battered cities, submerged homes, and killed at least 200 people in southeastern Africa, may prove to be one of the worst weather-related disasters ever in the Southern Hemisphere, a United Nations official said on…More


Advocates Should Urge Governments To Commit To Advancing Women’s Reproductive Rights At…

Rewire.News: We Can’t Let the Trump Administration Dismantle Women’s Rights Around the World Anu Kumar, president and CEO of Ipas “…Access to safe and legal abortion is as relevant to gender equality as women’s equal access to education, employment, adequate food, and housing — it puts women’s and girls’ lives, health, and human rights at…More


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