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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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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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Impact of an Innovative Approach to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV — Malawi, July 2011–September 2012

March 2013, CDC: Antiretroviral medications can reduce rates of mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to less than 5% (1). However, in 2011, only 57% of HIV-infected pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries received a World Health Organization (WHO)–recommended regimen for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and an …

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The Giving Pledge Goes Global

Feb 2013. By Trevor Neilson: A little noticed piece of news emerged in the world of philanthropy this week. A dozen new billionaires signed onto the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge. The Pledge, established in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, encourages the world’s wealthiest individuals to give at least half …

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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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