Significant advancements in sub-Saharan Africa’s health care in the last decade are giving the International Finance Corporation’s Biju Mohandas “many reasons for optimism.” 4 “essential elements” are driving change:

As an emergency medicine physician, I find some of the toughest days in the emergency department are on holidays.  This year’s New Year’s Day was no exception. Waiting rooms were filled with adults and children who were sick or injured and didn’t know where else to go. A…

Designing new health care facilities finds its exemplar in an old tuberculosis hospital. Without a cure for TB, doctors prescribed bed rest, clean air, and sunshine. So, the 87-year-old Paimio Sanatorium in Finland was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto to be “an instrument…

Get ready to be outraged.  The Lown Institute’s 3rd Annual Shkreli Awards came out yesterday. The tributes to pharma bro Martin Shkreli call out the 10 “worst actors in health care.” Here’s a couple: 

The world faces a “potentially catastrophic” shortage of nurses, the International Council of Nurses warns, marking the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,Nursing Times reports.  

The WHO has approved a biosimilar version of Herceptin—a “cheap copy” of the gamechanging breast cancer drug.    Herceptin targets HER2+ breast cancer and is considered an “essential medicine,” but its price tag—$20k per patient—is prohibitive.    A disproportionate number…

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Universal Health Coverage is a nation’s promise to its people that health is a fundamental right. And on UHC Day today, the focus is on leaders keeping the promises they made in September at the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in a political declaration on UHC—the most…

Lebanese hospitals and their patients are in dire straits because they are owed years of back payments from the government, according to Human Rights Watch.   Lebanon's financial crisis has limited the import of medical supplies and facilities’ ability to buy medicines and…

The future of global HIV response must be very different from today’s efforts. It must be youth focused and youth led. Otherwise, many of our successes against HIV may be endangered by the rapid growth of vulnerable youth populations in the highest burden countries. Nearly…