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Maps reveal ‘hidden hunger’ that strifles development

July 2013 SciDevNet; The lack of vital micronutrients in children‘s diets — deficiencies that are widespread across much of Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia — is strongly linked to low levels of economic development and has a major impact on productivity, a study has found.  The burden of this …

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Innovative Finance can boost Global health R&D

July 2013 SciDevNet; Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health R&D funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden. This is hardly surprising, given that markets in these countries have historically been unable to deliver sufficient …

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Sierra Leone Demands Improvements in Maternal Health

July 2013 theguardian; Local communities in Sierra Leone are being encouraged to rate their clinics and demand more from their healthcare services in a bid to cut the country’s high maternal mortality rates.   The riskiest thing a woman can do in Sierra Leone is get pregnant; one in every …

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LIBERIA:African Governments Still Underfunding Health

July 2013 IRN; Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are …

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WHO issues new HIV recommendations calling for earlier treatment

July 2013 WHOBulletin; New HIV treatment guidelines by WHO recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The move could avert an additional 3 million deaths …

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