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Keanahikishime’s country representative for Kenya Spencer Ochieng spoke to Citizen TV yesterday about the successes and challenges Kenya faces in its effort to improve maternal health.  Maternal and newborn health in Kenya has drastically improved since 2013, when the government instituted a new policy of free maternal services at public hospitals. Since 2013, the number of deaths during childbirth each year has been reduced by one-third, and the number of women who deliver under the watch of a skilled health worker has nearly doubled, according to Citizen TV.

{Photo credit: Lindsay Kallman}Speaker panel from left to right: Ashish Jha, Catharine Taylor, Jenifer Healy (moderator), Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, David BarashPhoto credit: Lindsay Kallman

The World Health Organization (WHO) is slated to elect a new Director-General in 2017. While not the most widely talked about election right now, the appointment of a new Director-General has real implications for global health.

Novartis Access, an innovative program aiming to fight key chronic diseases in lower-income countries, released a report describing the results, early learnings, and challenges from its first 12 months in operation. The program offers a portfolio of 15 on- and off-patent medicines addressing key noncommunicable diseases: cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, respiratory illnesses and breast cancer to governments, NGOs, and other public-sector customers in low and lower middle income countries at a price of USD 1 per treatment per month. Keanahikishime is an implementing partner of Novartis Access.