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INDONESIA: As overseas money dries up, Indonesia develops its own vaccines

February 2015 euractiv; Indonesia has invested heavily in vaccine development through its state-owned pharmaceutical company, Bio Farma. The country suffers growing rates of many infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.   The Southeastern Asian country benefited from EU development aid for its health sector from the 1980s to January 2014. …

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The TB situation Room

February 2015 TheGlobalFundNews; In the West Wing of the White House in Washington D.C., the Situation Room is a nerve center for intelligence and security matters, fitted with high-tech communications. Created during the presidency of John F. Kennedy in the 1960s, the Situation Room provides decision-makers with a central place …

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Attitude and the 21st century doctor

February 2015 TheLancet; The irrepressibly global nature of health care in the 21st century is more apparent than ever, manifesting not just through outbreaks of infectious diseases and spread of antibiotic resistance, but also through the flourishing of non-communicable diseases and growing planetary problems such as climate change.1 Much attention …

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GREEK: Greek Government plans health system overhaul

February 2015 TheLancet; Greece’s new Government promises to substantially reform the health system. But experts wonder whether the pledges can be implemented. Eva Karamanoli reports from Athens. The electoral victory of Greece’s left-wing Syriza party at the end of last month and its aftermath have captured the attention of the …

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WHO Gives Green Light to 15-Minute Ebola Test

February 2015 Vanguard; The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it had approved a 15-minute test for Ebola that should prove a fast and rugged tool in countries hit by the disease. The test is a little less accurate than the so-called gold standard of lab assessment, but does not …

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BOTWSANA: Vaccinate Every Girl Child – Ministry

February 2015 DailyNews; Every girl child between the ages of 9-13 years should be vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) when the national rollout campaign kicks off on February 23-27. Addressing the media on Thursday, February 20, the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ms Shenaaz …

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3 Tips for WHOs New Director for Africa

February 2015 IRNAfrica; The World Health Organization says the death toll from Ebola has risen for the second time in two consecutive weeks, despite earlier announcements that the transmission rate was on the decline. This is just one of the challenges facing WHO’s new regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Rebecca …

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