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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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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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