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Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Public Health Issues In New York Times Interview

The New York Times features a conversation with Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the interview, they discuss the foundation’s family planning advocacy, support for research to find an AIDS vaccine, and efforts to create what Bill Gates refers to as “a toilet…

Opinion Pieces Address World Food Day

October 16 is recognized as World Food Day, with this year’s theme of “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.” The following summarizes several opinion pieces addressing issues surrounding food production, distribution and security. Chris Brett, The Guardian’s “Sustainable Business” blog: “According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture…

Rep. Clarke Introduces ‘Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act Of 2013′

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reviews HR 3206 [.pdf], “the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) on September 27.” The bill was “[r]eferred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that day, just a few days before the government shutdown,…

Family Planning Options Essential For Strong Societies, Economies

“‘Unmet need,’ in the context of family planning, is a rather mundane term that masks an urgent social justice and human rights issue,” Kesetebirhan Admasu, minister of health in Ethiopia, writes in an AllAfrica opinion piece. “Policymakers, public health professionals and donors must provide the necessary leadership, commitment and resources…

Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the…

Controversial Family Planning Advertising Would Spur Discussion, Behavior Change

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, Christopher Purdy, executive vice president of DKT International, discusses the benefits of controversial condom advertising in Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the Philippines, saying such ads have “provided opportunities to bring the conversation about family planning out of the bedroom and into the open.” He…

Media Coverage Of UNFPA State Of World Population Report Continues

News outlets continued their coverage of the UNFPA’s State of World Population 2013 report, which was released on Wednesday and “seeks to offer a new perspective on teenage pregnancy, looking not only at girls’ behavior as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities…

U.S. Must Push For Inclusion Of Reproductive Health In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“It’s a true testament to how far we have come over the last decade that reproductive health and rights are now an essential piece of the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of millions of people around the world,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…

To Improve Women’s Access To Health, Improve Women’s Education

“When talking about improving health care, it is paramount that local traditions and customs are taken into account,” Edna Adan Ismail, a nurse-midwife, U.N. diplomat, and former Foreign Minister of Somaliland, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “In some cultures, including mine, women — for example — cannot…