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Front row (left to right): Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Chemuttaai Langat (Medtronic), Ndinda Kusu (MSH), and Nathan Mulure (Novartis) with attendees at the signing ceremony.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been on the rise in Kenya over the past decade. More than half of inpatient admissions and over 55% of hospital deaths are due to NCDs, severely compromising health care budgets.The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Kenya is focused on accelerating progress to prevent and control NCDs and is continuously exploring strategies for mainstreaming the NCD agenda into Kenya’s broader plans toward universal health coverage (UHC).

 {Photo Credit: Warren Zelman}A mother holds her newborn at a hospital in Mwene-Ditu, Democratic Republic of the CongoPhoto Credit: Warren Zelman

By Kimberly Whipkey, Advocacy Manager, White Ribbon AllianceThis story was originally published by the White Ribbon AllianceNearly five years into the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, maternal mortality rates worldwide are still unacceptably high. Why?It’s not for a lack of technical know-how.

Unable to work, Rasel worried about how his family would survive while he went through treatment for drug-resistant TB.Photo credit: Challenge TB Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a global hotspot for TB, and the country’s government and its partners are hard at work to find and treat missing cases of TB and prevent the spread of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). The available treatment for MDR-TB is expensive, lengthy, and complex, and the disease is often considered a death sentence.

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