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WHO elections

Candidate for WHO top post David Nabarro is all for making healthcare affordable

David Nabarro told the Economic Times that if elected he would transform the UN body into a dependable and predictable organization and strive to make healthcare affordable. Extreme inequalities in different parts of the world is hampering people from accessing health services and this is an area that needs WHO’s attention

May 2, 2017
Economic Times

Promoting health through the life course

Chained to health ministry, Peruvians protest mining pollution

Parents of sick children who live near one of Peru`s oldest mining pits camped out in front of the health ministry in Lima for an eighth day on Thursday, demanding help to deal with the impact of decades of mining pollution. Dozens of residents of Simon Bolivar, a district in the city of Cerro de Pasco in the Peruvian Andes, travelled to Lima to press the government to declare a health emergency and build a regional hospital specializing in exposure to heavy metals. More than 40 percent of the area`s children who were tested in a 2012 study had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood, according to a screening of some 2,700 children by regional health authorities

June 23, 2017
Reuters

U.N. rights expert urges Myanmar to protect detained Rohingya children

Myanmar should guarantee the rights and medical care of children from the Rohingya Muslim minority detained in an army crackdown launched in October, a U.N. human rights investigator said. Speaking at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Yanghee Lee said children should not be "arbitrarily deprived of their liberty" and she urged the government to investigate the death of a child who, according to the government, died because of ill health in February. The government did not report the death until last week, she said

June 15, 2017
Trust.org

Cry for Venezuela

Not so long ago, Venezuela enjoyed a semblance of comfort, security and hope; The Globe and Mail’s Stephanie Nolen reports that it is now a shambles, the people suffering from inadequate health care, food shortages – and government that appears to be looking out for its own, sometimes brutally

June 9, 2017
Globe and Mail

Cost of childbirth at private hospitals in Tamil Nadu 70% more than national average

Tamil Nadu may boast of high maternal and child health indices, but that comes at a hefty price tag. Expectant mothers head to private hospitals for better treatment but pay 13 times more than what they would at government hospitals, a new study has found. The cost of childbirth at private facilities is 70% higher than the national average, according to a new study

June 5, 2017
Times of India

Spreading south, jihadist violence threatens future of children in central Mali

The growing Islamist threat in central Mali has hit farming and shut down hundreds of schools, while a nationwide state of emergency restricts movement – hindering aid delivery and making it harder for people to access services like healthcare. With aid agencies stretched thin already, at least 3.8m people across Mali will need food aid this year, up from 2.5m in 2016, according to OCHA. More than half of those in need are children, who also run the risk of being recruited if they are not at school

May 22, 2017
Reuters

African countries to feel worst of US health aid cuts, report says

New findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that African countries, and those where abortion services are legal, will likely feel the greatest impact of the U.S. ‘global gag rule’ – also known as the Mexico City Policy. The U.S. provided bilateral global health assistance to 65 countries in fiscal year 2016, and more than half of them (34) were African. With the reintroduction of this policy $8bn in U.S. global health assistance is at stake which was previously tied to just U.S. family planning funding. Potentially expanded guidelines for funding roll this out wider across the 34 nations and encourage NGOs to discontinue legal activities in order to comply

May 5, 2017
Devex

Most doctors' breast cancer advice may be out of date

A new study says that women may be getting contradictory advice on when they should start having a regular mammogram. The study found some doctors suggesting between the ages of 40 and 44 (81%) and others between the ages of 45 and 49 (89%), advice with contradicts U.S. Federal recommendations which say start at age 50

April 10, 2017
Time

Protests against abortion bill in Angola

Some 200 demonstrators protested in Luanda against a draft law criminalizing all abortions, which is set to be voted on by parliament in the next few days. The proposed law punishes anyone who has an abortion, or performs one, with up to 10 years in prison

March 18, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Public Radio International
March 20, 2017
TVC News

Children with HIV write to Modi after Cipla stops drug supplu over non-payment by government

A report in The Hindu said that stocks of Lopinavir syrup (an HIV drug that is child-friendly) were finished after Cipla stopped manufacturing it because of non-payments by the Indian health ministry

March 6, 2017
Outlook India

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera death toll in Yemen reaches at least 180: Red Cross

Cholera has killed at least 184 people in Yemen in recent weeks, the ICRC said on Monday, a day after authorities declared a state of emergency and called for international aid. After more than two years of war which has destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water 

May 15, 2017
Reuters, CNN
May 16, 2017
AlJazeera
May 15, 2017
Wall Street Journal, Sky, Voice of America, France24, CBC

Sube a 9 número de fallecidos por dengue en Piura

Some health centres in the Piura region are buckling at the knees at the volume of dengue cases they are having to admit to the hospitals each day. Deaths from dengue have risen once more and now stand at nine. There are around 8,000 probable dengue cases and 800 confirmed across the region. It is clear to local health experts that there is a need for more doctors to deal with the emergency

April 18, 2017
La Republica, Peru 21
April 17, 2017
Diario Vea, Peru 21

American Samoa declared dengue emergency to access funds

Questions have been raised over American Samoa’s declaration of emergency for a dengue outbreak, after no emergency was declared when people died of dengue two years ago. The health director explained that the territory ‘can get federal money to help prevent, diagnose and treat dengue with such a declaration.’ Two types of dengue fever (types 1 and 3) have been found on Kiribati. Elsewhere, the number of dengue cases is rising in French Polynesia and on Tahiti

March 8, 2017
Radio New Zealand
March 7, 2017
Pacific Islands Report
March 6, 2017
PINA
March 7, 2017
TNTV News
March 6, 2017
Tahiti Info

Non communicable diseases

OPPI to develop integrated disease management process

Speaking at the OPPI Sixth Healthcare Access Summit, Shailesh Ayyangar, President of OPPI and Managing Director of Sanofi India, said, “Collaborating with the government and other stakeholders at national, state and local levels, the summit endeavours to develop and expand an integrated disease management process broadly engaging with affected communities in the fight against non-communicable diseases.” “The good news is that we have therapies that can combat the non-communicable diseases and help patients live a full and normal life by strengthening patient self-management education; community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization,” said Ayyangar – this is needed given the scale of the issue and the rising costs of NCDs to the Indian healthcare system

June 9, 2017
Economic Times
June 11, 2017
Hindu Business Line

Cancer Taught Me To Love Sunsets

Jheric Delos Angeles, founder of the Lymphoma Philippines Foundation, writes about his experience as a twice diagnosed cancer sufferer in a developing world country who had to raise cash for his treatment and learnt how the technology for treatment is not there in some far flung places. Now he is fighting to help create better access to healthcare for fellow cancer sufferers through his foundation

June 1, 2017
Huffington Post

NCDs: Answer lies in early screening, prevention

The New Times Rwanda takes an in-depth look at how the Rwandan health authorities in the Gaghengeri Sector, Rwamagana District, are starting to use early screening and diagnosis to tackle the emerging burden of non-communicable diseases, which are threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system

May 22, 2017
New Times Rwanda

Tanzania: Challenges of Caring for Cancer Patients in Tanzania

There are three main causes: ageing population, rapid unplanned urbanization and the globalisation of unhealthy lifestyles. NCDs also have some common denominators: tobacco usage, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, diet and physical inactivity – these are acknowledged risk factors. There is a need for reliable statistics to understand the scale of the problem and the resources needed, as well as specialist training for cancer care and the equipment to support it

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, The Citizen

Mentally ill accessing less U.S. health care

More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress and they are less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a new U.S. study says

April 17, 2017
Reuters

RS Passes Bill To Safeguard Rights, Provide Medical Help For HIV/AIDS Patients

A crucial bill to ensure equal rights to people afflicted by HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs was passed by the Rajya Sabbha

March 22, 2017
Huffington Post, News18
March 24, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 21, 2017
First Post
March 22, 2017
zeenews

Venezuela's spiralling mental healthcare crisis

Al Jazeera reports on Venezuela’s economic strife and how the healthcare system is left struggling to cope with the nation’s growing mental health crisis

March 20, 2017
AlJazeera

Health systems

Gaza health care suffers as Palestinian factions play blame game

In what is seen as the latest step in an effort to force Hamas to relinquish its control of Gaza, Abbas in June reduced the payments the PA makes to Israel for electricity it supplies to the territory, meaning that Gaza`s two million people now have only 3 to 4 hours of power a day, forcing hospitals and other medical facilities to rely chiefly on generators and expensive fuel. Hamas says that Abbas restricted transfers of medicine to Gaza in March, accusing Hamas of failing to reimburse the PA for its purchases, and cut the salaries of its officials in May

July 19, 2017
Reuters

One Nightmare Scenario in Senate Bill: Drug Rationing

Senate Republicans may not realize it, but their repeal-and-replace health-care legislation, if passed, would set the U.S. on the road to European-style price controls and rationing of prescription medications. This would follow fairly directly from the enormous cuts to Medicaid that the bill would impose

June 28, 2017
Bloomberg

When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay

A study about equity in access to health care for 21 countries in 2000 revealed that the United States had the highest degree of inequity in doctor use, even higher than Mexico — which is both poorer and generally more inequitable. And as noted in a 2003 study by the Institute of Medicine, insurance status, more than any other demographic or economic factor, determines the timeliness and quality of health care, if it is received at all. A review of studies published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine reported that health insurance substantially raises people’s chances of survival. It improves the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, significantly cutting mortality rates. It reduces death rates from breast cancer and trauma. Over all, the review concluded that health insurance reduces the chance of dying among adults 18 to 64 years old by between 3 and 29 percent

June 27, 2017
New York Times

U.S. Republican healthcare bill imperilled with 22 million seen losing insurance

Twenty-two million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the U.S. Senate Republican healthcare bill, a nonpartisan congressional office said, complicating the path forward for the already-fraught legislation. Moderate senators are concerned about millions of people losing insurance. Key conservative senators have said the Senate bill does not do enough to repeal Obamacare. The CBO assessment that an additional 15 million people would be uninsured in 2018 under the bill and its prediction that insurance premiums would skyrocket over the first two years prompted concern from both sides

June 27, 2017
Reuters

Stripping Americans of health insurance could be deadly: study

Health insurance saves lives – that’s the conclusion of a report released just in time to weigh into the debate among Senate Republicans considering a bill that could strip millions of Americans of coverage. “Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that lack of insurance is sometimes deadly,” co-author Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at the City University of New York’s Hunter College School of Public Health, said. Based on findings from a variety of large studies, Americans without health insurance faced 40 percent higher odds of dying during the study periods than the privately insured, the report found. “Being uninsured is deadly,” co-author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler said. “That was the conclusion from a 2002 Institute of Medicine report. The evidence that’s accumulated over the last 15 years actually strengthens the Institute of Medicine’s conclusions”

June 26, 2017
Reuters

Thiruvananthapuram: Ambulances mere showpieces!

Many of the ambulances available at Government health centres in the district do not cater to patients due to the absence of drivers or their unwillingness to drive, say activists. The crew members of 108 ambulances say that this puts pressure on their fleet which was primarily meant to attend to accident cases. For instance, the ambulance at Nedumanagaud hospital has not been functioning during the dengue epidemic outbreak. The driver appointed by the Public Service Commission has gone on leave citing health issues

June 21, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Patients in India are not empowered and this leads to distrust: Dr D S Ratna Devi

Dr D S Ratna Devi, CEO, DakshamA Health & Education, New Delhi, talks about the major issues that the patient faces in the current healthcare system, which is ‘all fragmented and once a patient enters into a system they are lost in it, they keep asking questions and they don`t get all answers from one services provider’. ‘There is a lot of variation between what happens in the diagnostic area, treatment area and post treatment. There isn`t information given to the patient and that is why there is a lot of distrust and people don`t feel empowered at all’

June 21, 2017
Economic Times

Counterfeit curers: They claim to be doctors, but they are not

They say they are doctors but they are not. And they are a big reason why India`s healthcare system is not in the best of health. As part of the series Bad Medicine - The Ugly Truth of Indian Healthcare, CNBC TV18`s Archana Shukla uncovers a parallel world of unqualified medical practitioners, who appear to fill gaps in the public health system, but more often than not, create medical complications

June 20, 2017
Money Control

Eight 'absentee' doctors from Gurugram sent packing by Haryana Government

After a stern warning, the Haryana Government finally cracked the whip by dismissing 160 doctors (including eight from Gurugram) for being absent from duty for several weeks. Besides Gurugram, large numbers of doctors that have been dismissed are 10 doctors from Hissar, nine from Bhiwani, eight from Fatehabad and eight from Kurukshetra

June 20, 2017
Millenium Post

Achieving universal health coverage in Kenya through Innovative financing

Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy. Africa accounts for a quarter of the world’s disease burden but has less than five per cent of the world’s doctors. The continent lags far behind in basic healthcare coverage for services such as immunization, water and sanitation, and family planning. Kenya can institute targeted taxation as an innovative financing policy to complement existing financing mechanisms

June 19, 2017
The Star

Nigeria: 'Nigeria Loses 3,000 Women, Children to Preventable Diseases Daily'

Nigeria loses 3,000 children and women daily to preventable diseases due to poor access to basic healthcare, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib has said. Speaking at a workshop on the Implementation of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof policy, Mr. Shuaib said "Primary Healthcare remains the foundation for reasonable and sustainable changes to the poor health indicators in the sector, since it deals with these preventable diseases"

June 16, 2017
Premium Times Nigeria, AllAfrica.com

Uganda's plan to send 1,000 medical workers to Libya criticised by activists

Uganda is planning to send about 1,000 medical workers to Libya, an official said, a plan criticised by health activists who believe it would further weaken the country`s struggling health care system. Over the last decade, foreign recruiters and employers from the Middle East have increasingly turned to the east African nation for cheap labour. "If they finish safety assessment work today or tomorrow, then we`ll be ready to send these people," an official said, adding they would include a mix of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel

June 16, 2017
Reuters

EAC short of health specialists: report

The East African Community (EAC) partner states have a serious shortage of qualified medical specialists, a recent minister`s report shows. According to the report, the regional bloc currently has less than 44.5 physicians, nurses and midwives per 10,000 people required to fast-track the attainment of health-related sustainable development goals. As a result of the low number of health specialists, EAC partner states cannot provide quality health care to their citizens without addressing the issue of training of human resources for health, both in terms of quality and quantity

June 14, 2017
The Citizen, AllAfrica.com

South Africa's cancer doctor shortage: 'There is a real crisis'

There are no public health radiation oncologists left in the entire city of Durban in South Africa. The city has seen many doctors shift away from the public to the private sector, because the working conditions in public health care have made treating patients virtually impossible. Many of the machines used to diagnose and treat cancer patients are malfunctioning and left in disrepair, despite multiple appeals to fix them

June 13, 2017
CNN

Medics and school staff forcibly recruited in South Sudan's war

Staff working in South Sudan`s health centres and schools have been forcibly recruited by armed groups, causing facilities to close, the United Nations said, as it struggles to provide aid in one of the world`s most dangerous war zones. More than 250 aid workers have been relocated because of fighting this year, almost double the number during the same period in 2016, it said. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 14 community volunteers and health workers had reportedly been forcibly recruited by armed groups in Guit county, in the country`s north, as of June 6

June 13, 2017
Reuters

India’s HIV/Aids bill and its aftermath

Not even two months after India passed the HIV/Aids (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, at least five states say they have run out of life-saving HIV drugs: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra and Meghalaya are bearing the brunt of this lack of medicines. There is also a shortage of diagnostic machines and kits in AP, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland and Uttarakhand

June 7, 2017
Newsbytesapp.com

CRM report shows poor blood services in Arunchal

The 10th Common Review Mission report of the National Health Mission expressed its concern about the availability of blood services in six Indian states, including Arunchal Pradesh, particularly at the sub-district level. The limited functioning of blood storage units, either due to a lack of trained human resources or non-linkage with a mother blood bank were significant causes

June 4, 2017
Arunchal Times

In Nagaland, Missing Health Services Are a Matter of Life and Death

The Wire tells the story of how massive central funding for health and development in healthcare often goes missing on the ground, leaving residents in remote districts to struggle through and fend for themselves, it does so through the eyes of a farmer from eastern Nagaland

May 27, 2017
Wire India

Cutting HIV and Aids treatments costs in South Africa

About 15% of India’s pharmaceutical exports arrive in Africa and in South Africa, in particular, with the availability of generic antiretrovirals from India leading to a significant drop in the cost of treatment for millions of people with HIV or Aids. The BBC’s Taurai Maduma reports on Africa Business Report for the BBC World Service

May 26, 2017
BBC

India’s dismal record in healthcare

New research by The Lancet shows India ranking at 154 out of 195 countries in terms of access to healthcare, which is worse than Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Liberia. Live Mint takes three comparative charts and shows how relative prosperity in India in many places counts for little if the government significantly underinvests in its own healthcare system

May 24, 2017
Live Mint

Need more focus on health; country’s spending to be 2 per cent of GDP: Owaisi

MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi pitched for increasing India’s health budget to two percent of GDP, he based his comments on points raised in The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 which reported that the country has to focus more on health. The Lok Sabha member said ‘if the country doesn’t spend two percent of GDP on health, then the health indicators in India would be below those of sub-Saharan countries’. He called on the government to focus more on improving health standards

May 23, 2017
Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, DNA India

Swiss minister condemns attacks on health facilities

Swiss Health Minister, Alain Berset, addressed delegates at the World Health Assembly. He condemned attacks on health workers and health facilities around the world. He urged countries to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of health policy and to guarantee health coverage for all, including migrants

May 22, 2017
Swiss.info

Free health care could pose challenge to development - IDB

The problems facing Jamaica’s health sector, especially with free access to public services and treatment, are among several gaps being looked at by the Inter-American Development Bank as it develops its 10-year strategic plan. IDB sources told the Jamaica Gleaner that ‘in some instances free health care can threaten the delivery of sustained quality care and we support a health system model which target those who could afford to pay to improve access for the poor’

May 22, 2017
Jamaica Gleaner

Medicaid cuts coming in Trump budget: Washington Post

US President Trump’s budget proposal, set to be unveiled on Tuesday, will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programmes for low-income citizens, the Washington Post reported. The Republican healthcare bill seeks to overhaul the national healthcare system and cut more than $800bn over the next 10 years from Medicaid, the government health insurance programme for the poor and the disabled

May 21, 2017
Reuters

2016 sees 302 attacks on health care in 20 countries: WHO

According to WHO, in the first quarter of 2017, there have been some 88 attacks on health facilities and at least 80 people have been killed. WHO said attacks on health workers and ambulances continue with alarming frequency and they have direct consequences for health service delivery, depriving people of often urgently needed care

May 19, 2017
xinhuanet

How did HIV drugs worth 1.8 billion Naira expire in Nigeria?

The Nigerian minister of health said over $3bn worth of HIV drugs expired in storage. This could mean that Nigeria’s stock of HIV drugs is low. The Minister blamed incompetence and poor knowledge of healthcare workers saying there is no excuse for the waste as it adds to the massive cost involved in the HIV prevention campaign

May 19, 2017
Ventures Africa

South Africa: Medics Protest As KZN Health Care System Collapses

The South African Medical Association and public interest law firm SECTION27 warned the Kwa-Zulu-Natal health system is on the point of collapse. On 5th May over a thousand health workers marched tom Durban to highlight the crisis. A memo addressed to the government highlighted the 16 problems which included: shortage of staff caused by unfunded or abolished posts, a lack of medical school graduates, an unwanted overtime policy, failures with equipment procurements, shortages of supplies, problems with medical records and poor management

May 16, 2017
allafrica.com

Thousands of Cameroonians to benefit from free healthcare soon

Six thousands Cameroonians will soon benefit from free medical services from an international NGO. Mercy Ships will settle at the Douala Sea Port, where it will carry out the ten-month programme. The NGO was invited to Cameroon by the head of state at the backdrop of growing health concerns in the country, especially for the financially unstable. Transportation, lodging and feeding are all free: no patient will remove a penny from their pocket authorities in Yaounde say

May 10, 2017
Cameroon Concord

Doctors are scapegoats for India’s failing health system

The FT’s Amy Kazmin argues that Indian doctors are scapegoats for the country’s failing healthcare system. Public expectations about treatment simply cannot be met without more public spending. Symptoms of the problem are occurring with a growing number of assaults on doctors by patients. India is suffering from an acute doctors shortage, with just one physician for every 1,800 people. Government spending is just 1.4% of GDP, compared with China which spends 3.1%. As a result the healthcare system has neither the manpower nor the equipment to provide a reasonable standard of care for patients

May 8, 2017
Financial Times

Solar power: A shot in the arm for India's health centers

A pilot project is launching in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana states which aims to set up replicable, cost-effective solar power plants at health centres. As the first point of access to a doctor for rural residents, the aim is to increasingly create a more resilient health system in rural India, benefiting primarily women and children

May 5, 2017
Reuters

Drug pricing must be reformed

The FT’s Andrew Jack argues that drug pricing needs to be reformed. Drug companies can sometimes charge more in poorer countries because they focus on middle-class patients who pay for their own care rather than the population at large. The same issues apply in the USA, where insurance cover for patients is patchy. Investigations in the UK show that complex rules governing generic drugs mean manufacturers can increase prices when there are few or no other competitors – so we need greater scrutiny and more transparency in the way drugs are priced

May 5, 2017
Financial Times

Head of NGO fighting for better access to medicine

The Greek publication published an interview with James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, an NGO focused on knowledge management and governance. The interview zeroed in on his view that de-linkage of the cost of research from the final cost of a drug is an unavoidable change in pharmaceutical business models, if the world is to find ways of mass producing medicines cheaply, and thus, reduce the cost. Achieving this would allow mass production of drugs, which would reduce mushrooming healthcare costs and bring huge benefits to public health all over the world

May 1, 2017
Ekathimerini

On the prohibitive cost of drugs to the average Nigerian

Nigeria’s Sun News calls on the executive to take action on the prohibitive cost of drugs for the average Nigerian. The paper cites the current recession, a shortage of foreign exchange to import medicines and the inability of the government to make the services of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency available to the masses

April 30, 2017
Sun News Online

Anger as Government Scraps Off H/C IIs

There is anger in Uganda over the government’s decision to scrap Health Centre II’s which rural leaders say will gravely worsen health services in rural areas. The Kabarole District chair, Richard Rwabhunga, said “scrapping Health center II’s takes away services from the most vulnerable people in rural areas.” He said this “was a death sentence, considering the less-than-satisfactory state of Uganda’s infrastructure and health referral system

April 29, 2017
Chimp Reports

Uganda: Mayuge Fishermen Demand Anti-HIV/Aids Services

A substantial section of the population in the Mayuge district of Uganda are unhappy with dwindling healthcare services which authorities are rendering to communities that are at most risk of catching HIV/Aids due to the lifestyle surrounding the fishing communities, so there is an urgent need for worthy treatment and services. The need for regular HIV Aids/TB check-ups and information on permissible sex and the distance people have to travel to access healthcare leaves them extremely vulnerable

April 26, 2017
allafrica.com, Monitor uganda

Injured Venezuela protesters face another woe: finding medicine

Demonstrators in Venezuela where the state prosecutor says 437 people have been hurt in a months of protests are struggling to get treatment in a crisis-hit country where basics like antibiotics and painkillers are running short. Families are hauling relatives to multiple health centres, scouring pharmacies for medicine, raising funds to buy pricier drugs on the black market and posting messages on social media begging for medical donations

April 26, 2017
Reuters

Doctors and staffers handling swine-flu cases at the Nagpur GMCH hospital are facing the threat ...

Doctors and staffers handling swine-flu cases at the Nagpur GMCH hospital are facing the threat of the H1N1 virus as none of them have been provided with swine flu vaccines. Every year doctors in the risky environment put themselves at high risk and the Times of India reports this hospital sees two to three of them get infected with TB on average each year

April 25, 2017
Times of India

Opinion: Making it possible for refugee health workers to answer their calling

WHO data says the global health workforce is experiencing a shortage of 7.2m doctors, nurses and midwives – a shortage that will increase to 18m by 2030 unless urgent action is taken. Ironically, a report from the Massachusetts Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants in 2014 found there were 3,000 doctors unable to work, unemployed or working in low-wage, low-skilled jobs in Massachusetts alone. This need could be met if we reach out and discover how many there are and then take the necessary steps to restore their professional identities and verify their credentials lost in flight and conflict

April 14, 2017
Devex

Absent staff renders most health centres useless

A report on the functioning of health centres in Barmer reveals that a large number of sub-centres are lying closed and several others are not functional as the staff are missing. The report was compiled by district authorities responding to complaints against the non-functional health centres in rural areas in Barmer

April 12, 2017
Times of India

HIV law promises equality

With the Indian parliament passing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, people living with HIV Aids are guaranteed equal rights in medical treatment, admission to educational institutions and jobs. The Bill lists grounds on which discrimination against HIV-positive people and those living with them is prohibited

April 12, 2017
The Hindu
April 11, 2017
Financial Express, New Indian Express

Focus on ailing healthcare, lack of doctors on World Health Day

The Times of India reported that World Health Day in Assam was observed against a backdrop of deteriorating healthcare in the public sector, a lack of infrastructure, a shortage of doctors and rising incidences of medical negligence. On top of that, women in Assam are not aware of the importance of hygiene during menstruation nor do they have a comprehensive knowledge of HIV Aids

April 8, 2017
Times of India

23 dead in South Darfur camps lacking medicines

More than twenty people died of an unknown disease in Otash and Lama camps near Nyala in the past two weeks, most of the victims were women or children. Dabanga Sudan reported that many patients have been transferred to Nyala Teaching Hospital because of a lack of medicines and treatment at the camps’ health centres. They cited community leaders as appealing to the international community and aid agencies to provide medicines for the camps

April 7, 2017
Dabanga Sudan
April 11, 2017
Sens 360

Borno runs out of anti-retroviral drugs

The Borno Agency for the Control of HIV Aids said its state run specialist hospital had run out of anti-retroviral drugs at its main centre

April 6, 2017
City Voice

Blame game over high drug prices escalates with new advert

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, its lobbying association, launched an advertising campaign urging insurers to share with customers more of the benefit of rebates they have negotiated. In response, the main health insurance lobby pushed back and pinned the high cost blame on drug makers

April 6, 2017
Bloomberg

Health needs of men who have sex with men neglected in South Africa

MSM men are twice as likely to be HIV positive partly because their health needs are not being met and they are stigmatized and discriminated against in health facilities in South Africa. The Anova Health Institute explains how it is working to sensitise health facilities to help them become more MSM friendly through its Health4Men programme

April 4, 2017
Health24.com

Linking benefits for AIDS patients to Aadhaar triggers privacy concerns

Linking people living with HIV AIDS with Aadhaar cards has allegedly ‘driven away patients from hospitals and antiretroviral therapy centres’ in Madhya Pradesh. The patients feared that the compulsory submission of an Aadhaar card to get free medicines and medical check-ups under a government’s AIDS control scheme, could lead to disclosure of their identity, inviting social stigma

April 3, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 29, 2017
HT Syndication

Polio vaccine in short supply in private hospitals

The Hindu says that the polio vaccine is in short supply in private hospitals in Hyderabad. After India’s switch to bivalent oral polio vaccine from trivalent oral polio vaccine, there has been a global shortage of IPV

April 3, 2017
The Hindu

UN: 50% of Yemen Health Facilities Closed, Medicines Urgently Needed

More than 14m people in Yemen have no access to health services, the UN health agency said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week heralds the third anniversary of the conflict

March 30, 2017
Alahed News

Why do residents work such long hours?

Resident doctors call the practice of assigning shifts stretching 24-48 hours inhuman and an exploitation of doctors. In contrast, the medical establishment believes it is routine practice and it has been there for ages and should continue. A spokesperson said ‘it is part of the learning process. Residents need to observe and follow a patient over a period of time continuously and see if the disease is progressing or worsening, and this can only be done when they are on longer shift patterns’

March 29, 2017
Times of India

EU rapid drug approval plan worries some national agencies

A push by the European Medicines Agency to speed up the approval of new drugs that show promise is running into stiff resistance from some of the national agencies that will ultimately decide if the medicines are worth buying. Critics worry that lowering the requirement for lengthy clinical trials, selling drugs with relatively little testing data, even if the go-ahead comes with strict limits, will expose patients to greater risks 

March 29, 2017
CNBC, Reuters

Trump FDA Nominee Wants Lower Drug Costs With More Generics

President Trump’s pick to head the FDA is one of the most vigorous advocates of lowering drug costs by approving generics faster. He’s particularly focused on complex medications that combine old drugs with newer deliveries, as well as those with unusually complicated formulations. The main generic drug law, crafted more than 30 years ago didn’t contemplate complex drugs and so it does not provide an efficient and predictable path for enabling generic entrants – Scott Gottlieb wrote in an Oct 24 Forbes column. Revamping the process is likely to be his focus

March 29, 2017
Bloomberg

Jharkhand will soon be second state in India provides 'free health services'

The Health Minister for the state of Jharkhand said he is looking to encourage Public Private Partnership and that Jharkhand is going to be the second state in the country to offer ‘free health services’ for all minors in government-run hospitals

March 28, 2017
Siasat.com

Men who have sex with men face difficulty getting HIV medicine due to stigma

Homosexuals are a vulnerable group who struggle to access treatment for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases because of the stigma and discrimination against them, health professionals and NGOs from Eastern and Southern African countries were told at a Johannesburg event to discuss HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment 

March 28, 2017
Business Day

Culture of disease diagnosis inevitable for health nation

In an opinion article for the Tanzania Daily News the editorial argues that it is time to introduce a culture of disease diagnosis in the Tanzanian healthcare system. He argues that identifying troubles early mean many diseases are far more treatable and the costs of treatment are lower as they are managed at this initial stage

March 28, 2017
Daily News

MP blames provincial govt for drugs shortage

In Papua New Guinea the local Kerema MP has called out the Gulf provincial government for not addressing the issue of medicine shortages at the Kerema General Hospital. The MP said he had been told there was no medicine at the local hospital and patients were told to use herbal medicine while waiting for new supplies. He said the government must immediately address the issue because people needed the basics like malaria and tuberculosis drugs urgently

March 28, 2017
The National

Zambia fears health programs will suffer under Donald Trump's proposal to cut foreign aid

Critical programs across Africa will be impacted  by significant foreign aid cuts proposed by the Trump administration, Zambia warned. A White House blueprint calling for a 28% cut in State Department funding, means drastic reductions in funding to UN agencies with knock on effects around the world; the country’s vice president said a range of health programs involving maternal health, HIV/AIDS and malaria eradication could well be impacted

March 28, 2017
abc.net.au

City has 54 doctors per lakh population against Beijing’s 355

The Times of India reports that there are only 54 doctors per 100,000 population in Mumbai, which is poor when compared to 296 in Shanghai, 282 in Tokyo, 393 in New York, 355 in Beijing and 85 in Sao Paulo. The upsurge in demand for medical services in India is not being matched by the training of health professionals

March 27, 2017
Times of India

Lone surgeon at NICVD in Karachi, as 15,000 children lose life battles every year

More than 15,000 children die in Pakistan from cardiac disease. Despite that. Professor Sohail Bangash is the only paediatric cardiac surgeon at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, which is the largest public-sector hospital in the Sindh-Balochistan region catering to cardiac care

March 26, 2017
Tribune Pakistan

Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortages

Triple digit inflation and a decaying economy have left medication ranging from simple anti-inflammatory drugs to chemotherapy medication out of reach for most Venezuelans

March 25, 2017
Reuters

Counties to share health experts to address shortage

Governors from 13 counties that make up the Kenyan Lake Region Economic Bloc have initiated a plan that will see the devolved units share medical specialists to address shortage. Hospitals will specialise in treating different ailments and reduce patients in key referral hospitals. The plan also involves tackling the high growing disease burden and prevalence of malaria, HIV and infant mortality

March 24, 2017
Daily Nation, Business Daily

Tamil Nadu: Nothing positive in HIV bill, say patients

HIV positive people came together to protest against a recent government proposal to ‘take measures, as far as possible, to provide anti-retroviral treatment, diagnostics and treatment for opportunistic infections to those living with HIV’. They argue the bill fails to ensure free and complete treatment of HIV positive people and want the phrase ‘as far as possible’ removed from the proposed law 

March 24, 2017
Deccan Chronicle, New Indian Express, Hindustan Times

Poor patients turned away as doctors strike against assaults in India

Reuters reported that poor patients in western India were unable to access care for a fourth day at state hospital as doctors maintained a strike in protest at assaults by patients families. The High Court in Mumbai ordered doctors back to work in Maharashtra but asked the government to ensure their security, adding more pressure to an overburdened public healthcare system

March 23, 2017
Reuters
March 25, 2017
First Post
March 27, 2017
The Hindu

Beijing ends hospital markups on drug prices

Beijing announced public hospitals will end mark-ups on drug prices to separate medical treatment and drug sales and to lower costs to patients. Previously, drug prices were marked up by 15%, but this is now disallowed in over 3,600 hospitals and medical institutions across the city from April 8 

March 22, 2017
xinhuanet

53 doctors attacked in two years, not a single conviction

The Bombay High Court criticized resident doctors at hospitals in Maharashtra for their strike because of the impact it was having on patients. The young doctors remained firm in their demand for adequate security to protect them from recent attacks by enraged relatives of patients in Dhule and Sion in Mumbai

March 22, 2017
Mumbai Mirror
March 21, 2017
The Guardian

13 counties in western Kenya agree to joint delivery of health services

Thirteen counties in western Kenya have agreed to work together to improve delivery of healthcare services, particularly on malaria and HIV/Aids. The counties forming the Lake Region Bloc are in discussion to develop a joint blue print to address joint health service challenges

March 21, 2017
Standard Media

Britain to launch fund for small charities helping world's poorest

Britain is to launch a fund to help small charities scale up their work with some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The fund is to be launched in the summer and the minister said ‘these organizations are a crucial part of the UK’s offer on international aid and development’ 

March 20, 2017
Reuters

Cancer rates are soaring in Africa, yet Tanzania's radiotherapy hub stands idle

The Guardian reports on Mwanza in Tanzania, where a state of the art oncology clinic lacks the funding and staff to get its equipment up and running, despite thousands of people requiring its life saving treatment

March 20, 2017
The Guardian

'I thought cancer was a disease for the elderly': tackling Nigeria's 80% mortality rate

NGO’s are working hard to change cancer treatment in Nigeria, despite poor facilities and a lack of awareness. The Guardian reports on the work of the Nigeria-based Health and Psychological Trust Centre, known as Project Pink Blue, which is trying to bring best practice cancer care to Abuja

March 20, 2017
The Guardian

LAPO blames government, institutions, others, for poor access to health service by rural dweller...

NGO Lift Above Poverty said it believes ‘low government spending, poor or weak institutions, inadequate supervision and inadequate health professionals’ are the main reasons why Nigerians outside of the cities in rural areas are receiving such poor access to healthcare 

March 17, 2017
Business Daily

GOP Health Bill Threatens to Throw Free-Care Burden Back on Hospitals

Unlike insurers, drug makers and other healthcare companies, acute care hospitals in the USA cannot refuse to serve patients because of a lack of ability to pay. As the number of people without insurance fell under Obamacare, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs dropped as well, according to the American Hospital Association. Under the new Trump healthcare proposals the Congressional Budget Office projects an increase of 24m uninsured by 2026, so who pays becomes an even more central issue  

March 17, 2017
Bloomberg

Amid Dramatic Cuts, HIV/AIDS Funding Spared in New Trump Budget

One surprise winner in the proposed Trump administration budget will be HIV/AIDS funding, despite a nearly 18% cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. It has been made clear that the new budget ‘promises to provide sufficient resources to maintain current commitments and all current patient levels on HIV/AIDS treatment under the President’s Emergency Plans for AIDS Relief’

March 17, 2017
NBC News

Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

Michael Botticelli, who served as President Obama’s National Drug Control Policy chief, said ‘he is concerned the proposed Republican health plan will reduce access to health services for people with addiction’

March 15, 2017
NPR

Kenya doctors end three-month strike after deal with government

Kenyan doctors ended a three-month public hospital strike on Tuesday, after reaching agreement on pay and working conditions. This has ended the standoff which threatened to embarrass the government before August’s elections 

March 14, 2017
Reuters

Care coordination in U.S. lags other developed nations

U.S. patients are more likely to experience gaps in coordination among healthcare providers than their counterparts in other high-income nations, a new study suggests

March 13, 2017
Reuters

Over 30 killed as gunmen dressed as medics attack Afghan military hospital

Gunmen dressed as medics attacked a military hospital in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, and battled security forces for hours, killing 30 people and wounding dozens more 

March 8, 2017
Reuters

Lower $1,000 Pill Price? We'd Love It, Says Express Scripts

Gilead and Express Scripts Holding are in a spat over drug costs and rebate prices, with Express Scripts CEO challenging Gilead’s CEO to lower prices on their more expensive drugs

March 7, 2017
Bloomberg

The House Republicans’ health-care bill is a thicket of bad incentives

The former acting administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015-2017, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post about the new American Health Care Act, describing the Republicans’ new bill as a thicket of bad incentives  

March 7, 2017
Bloomberg

Attackers Target Afghanistan Health Centers 240 Times in Two Years: Report

Hospitals and clinics in Afghanistan have increasingly been targeted by armed groups over the past two years, weakening an already degenerated health care system, a children’s rights group said in a report issued Monday 

March 6, 2017
Newsweek, Reuters

Drop in London HIV rates 'may be due to internet drug PrEP'

A drug being bought online is believed to be the reason for a 40% drop in new rates of HIV in London. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, reduces the risk of catching the virus and costs around £40 per month. Four London clinics are reporting dramatic falls in new cases of HIV last year, when compared to 2015, and they suggest the new drug may be the reason why 

March 5, 2017
Sky News

Ministry of Health suspends 18 health workers for obstructing Polio vaccine program

The Nepalese Ministry of Health suspended 18 health workers, including three health office chiefs, on the charge of obstructing the Polio vaccine administration programme 

March 5, 2017
My Republica, My Republica

South Korea fines Novartis over kickbacks, suspends sales of some drugs

South Korea has decided to fine Novartis over paying kickbacks to doctors in exchange for recommending the company’s drugs. The government said it has levied a fine on 30 drug items and banned sales of 12 variations of 3 drug types, including Alzheimer drug Exelon, for three months

March 2, 2017
Reuters

Communicable diseases

Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise

The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since 2005, the United Nations said. In its latest global report on the pandemic, which has killed around 35 million people worldwide since it began in the 1980s, the UNAIDS agency said there were particularly encouraging signs in Africa, a continent ravaged by the disease

July 20, 2017
Reuters

Hepatitis B affects 3.5 million Ugandans

Ugandan government figures show the prevalence rate of Hepatitis is 10% compared to the 7.3% of HIV/AIDs in Uganda. One of the biggest challenges in the fight against the disease is that people who test positive and are referred for treatment do not even know where to go. There are few available facilities for testing Hepatitis viral load across the country and they are very expensive with poorly trained staff

July 20, 2017
New Vision

Decline in infrastructure, support systems hampering HIV fight in SA

In a new report, UNAIDS cautioned that while new HIV infections had fallen dramatically in the past two decades, especially among children, the trend among adults has stalled and even risen in a number of places over the past five years. Cuts in foreign aid will have an impact on the national fight against HIV/Aids, but the decline in South Africa’s critical infrastructure and support systems has an equally negative effect on eradicating the disease. “Structural issues need to be addressed by government. You can’t do Aids prevention when people are hungry, homeless or unemployed” UNAIDS said

June 13, 2017
The Citizen, The Citizen, Oscar OFM

WHO urges India to up spending on healthcare

Addressing the SYMHEALTH 2017 international conference on healthcare, WHO representative Henk Mekedam told delegates that India needs to increase its spending on healthcare. “Currently investment amounts to 1.2% of GDP. This has pushed 60m people below the poverty line.” WHO had previously recommended 2.5% of the country’s GDP should be allocated to healthcare. Mekedam went on “globalization leaves us far better connected but this poses challenges such as the faster spread of infectious diseases”

May 7, 2017
Times of India

Global foundation launches value-based healthcare pilots

Key healthcare stakeholders, led by the World Economic Forum, plan pilot programmes this year to show the value of a new model for healthcare that would track and pay for treatment based on how well it works rather than the volume of care. The first pilot being set up in Atlanta Georgia will focus on treating heart failure. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies are starting to realize that if they don’t change the nature of healthcare their prices will be slashed. If they want healthy profits they will have to prove that their drug actually lowers the overall costs of care

April 26, 2017
Reuters

Polio in Afghanistan 'Americans bomb our children daily, why would they care?'

After being denied access by the Taliban for 15 months, health workers resumed a vaccination campaign agaianst polio in parts of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan. Days before the Taliban allowed vaccinators access, a 14-month old girl in Kunduz was found to have been paralysed by polio. Until the inoculation was blocked the disease had been all but eradicated in Afghanistan

April 10, 2017
Guardian, El Diario

Opinion: My vision for the WHO

One of the three candidates to become Director General of the World Health Organization talks to devex.com about his vision for the future of the World Health Organization should his campaign turn out successful

March 27, 2017
Devex