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Brazil’s engagement in health co-operation: what can it contribute to the global health debate?

April 2013  Health Policy and Planning  ; Brazil and other emerging powers, such as China and India, are becoming increasingly influential world players. As they expand their global recognition and the associated diplomatic influence and access to markets, these countries are multiplying their development co-operation efforts with low-income countries often …

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H7N9 avian flu infects humans for the first time

April 2013 BMJ: The H7N9 avian influenza virus has infected humans for the first time, killing three people in China—two in Shanghai in March, and one in Hangzhou whose death was reported on 3 April. It is known to have infected a further six people in different locations across the …

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Indian Court’s Novartis Ruling Keeps Door to Cheap Drugs Open

April 2013  SciDev.net; The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has lost its seven-year court battle to patent the cancer drug Glivec in India, where generic versions of the medicine provide life-saving drugs to thousands of people. Novartis wanted exclusive rights to manufacture the drug on the grounds that a new substance …

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Trouble in Nigeria’s House of Health

April 2013  Vanguard News; THERE is trouble in Nigeria’s house of health at the Federal level, where health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, are spoiling for a showdown with Federal government. The grouse of the workers, comprising nurses, midwives, laboratory scientists, non-academic staff and …

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Policies key to deployment of healthcare technologies

April 2013, Daily Nation; The health ecosystem in Kenya, like many other sectors, faces its own unique challenges more so when trying to build a technology based business that addresses the needs of this particular vertical. Having been involved in a number of initiatives in this space, I have experienced …

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Global health post-2015: the case for universal health equity

April 2013 Global Health Action; Conclusions-The global landscape is changing. Virtually all reporters acknowledge a global context indistinguishable from the one in which the MDGs were formulated. Climate change, the environment, planetary boundaries, globalisation, the global economic crises, urbanisation, industrialisation, migration, the double burden of non-communicable and infectious diseases, conflict, …

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Activists fear less focus on HIV after 2015

April 2013 Plus News BANGKOK, 28 March 2013; As a UN high-level panel completes worldwide consultations to pick development goals for 2015 and beyond, PlusNews consulted experts to see how HIV/AIDS might fit into this new agenda. The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, …

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World Bank Aims to End Extreme Poverty by 2030

April 2013 IPS News; World Bank President Jim Kim has unveiled a series of new institutional goals aimed at ending extreme poverty by 2030 and focusing on the promotion of “shared prosperity” – increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent in each country while placing increased focus on dealing …

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