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Health Services in Iraq.

March 2013,The Lancet; Summary-After decades of war, sanctions, and occupation, Iraq’s health services are struggling to regain lost momentum. Many skilled health workers have moved to other countries, and young graduates continue to leave. In spite of much rebuilding, health infrastructure is not fully restored. National development plans call for …

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Dying on a Prayer: Preachers tell Zambians to Stop Taking ARVs

March 2013,ThinkAfricaPress ; Over the past few years, Zambia, which has one of the heaviest HIV/AIDS burdens in world, has managed to reduce its HIV/AIDS rate and make promising progress in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and care. But while there have been some heartening national advances in combating HIV/AIDS …

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U.S. Congress Passes Bill Maintaining Full Support for Global Fund

March 2013, Global Fund; Today Congress reinforced the United States’ commitment to global health, passing a continuing resolution (CR) that secures robust funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Despite a constrained budget environment, the bill recognizes the critical needs met by the Global Fund and …

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Emerging threats to public health from regional trade agreements

March 2013, By Deborah Gleeson: The decision by Australia’s High Court to uphold the constitutionality of the country’s ground-breaking tobacco plain packaging laws1 has been heralded as a victory for national sovereignty over vested interests.2 However, the ability of governments worldwide to introduce and implement public health policies and laws …

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Housing improvements linked to good health

SciDev, By Rachel Bundy; Having enough suitable living space is a key determinant of health outcomes around the world, a review of studies on housing improvements for health has found. Initiatives targeting housing improvements at the most impoverished people and those in the poorest health were more effective than generic …

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Visualise Global Health- statistics

March 2013, by Tom Paulson; It’s a new dawn for global health data borne of necessity, mind-numbing numbers, Netflix and a desire to avoid insanity. “For our own sanity, we needed to create a new way to look at this stuff,” said Peter Speyer. Speyer, head of data development at …

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Project eyes robust medical technology for poor countries

Feb 2013. James Dacey A Swiss initiative launched this month (7 February) seeks to develop robust versions of key medical products adapted for use in the developing world, starting with a combined X-ray and ultrasound device. One aim of EssentialTech, launched by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne …

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