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Why governments should take health more seriously

March 2013,Lancet; The standard answer to the question “what is a health system for?” is often something to do with the prevention, control, and treatment of disease. A more positively framed answer would be the protection and promotion of health. An even more ambitious, although now somewhat tarnished, objective (plagiarising …

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Financing Family Planning- Madagascar

April 2013, SHOPS; The SHOPS project worked with Marie Stopes Madagascar to implement a year-long program (October 2010 to September 2011) in Madagascar that aimed to (1) expand access to voluntary family planning through provision of long-acting and permanent methods via mobile outreach teams working across underserved regions and (2) …

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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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In Africa, corruption dirties the water

March 2013, IRN; Collusion among government officials, unscrupulous water vendors and large farm owners results in diverted water supply lines, misappropriated funds, and failure to implement laws on protecting water sources from encroachment and pollution. These are just some of the ways corruption is denying millions of poor people in …

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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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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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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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