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U.N.’s Ban Says Gaps In HIV Prevention, Treatment Must Be Closed To End AIDS Epidemic by 2030; Mayors Sign Paris Declaration

U.N. News Centre: World AIDS Day: U.N., urban leaders endorse ‘fast track’ to ending epidemic by 2030 “Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires a comprehensive approach that includes social justice, the democratization of science, gender equity, and a people-centered approach to health, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on…

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Gambian Law Restricting LGBT Rights

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of State’s press statement expressing concern over a Gambian law restricting LGBT rights. Associated Press: U.S. condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law “The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts…”…

U.S. Should Rethink Cuban Medical Defection Program

New York Times: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S. Editorial Board “…It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by…

Cuba’s ‘Doctor Diplomacy’ Payment Scheme Questioned

Wall Street Journal: Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors Mary Anastasia O’Grady, editor at Wall Street Journal “…Cuba is winning accolades for its international ‘doctor diplomacy,’ in which it sends temporary medical professionals abroad — ostensibly to help poor countries battle disease and improve health care. But the doctors are not…

U.S. Health Officials Attend Ebola Meeting In Cuba

News outlets report on a meeting held in Cuba on Wednesday, where U.S. and Cuban health officials discussed Latin America’s response to Ebola. Associated Press: U.S. sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting “U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to…

Australia Weighing Personal Request From Obama To Send Ebola Medical Team To West Africa

Associated Press: Australia weighs U.S. request for Ebola Africa team “Australia’s prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region…” (McGuirk, 10/23).

Cuba Urges International Community To Further Engage In Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on a regional summit on Ebola held in Cuba on Monday, as well as Cuba’s efforts to address Ebola in West Africa. Al Jazeera: Cuba punches above its weight in Ebola fight “Cuba offered to collaborate with the United States to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa…

Europe Taking Steps To Increase Ebola Efforts In West Africa, Spain

Reuters published several articles discussing how Europe is addressing the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: Diplomats discuss E.U. military coordination against Ebola “European Union diplomats will discuss a plan to give the E.U. a coordinating role for European military missions countering the spread of Ebola in West Africa. E.U. officials and diplomats…

China Steps Up Contributions In Ebola Response

Financial Times: China steps up support for fight against Ebola “China is stepping up its contributions to the fight against Ebola, seen as a test of its diplomacy in Africa given growing trade and investment as well as historic pledges of friendship. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged $6m…

Security, Public Health Objectives Should Remain Separate

The Guardian: Ebola, polio, HIV: it’s dangerous to mix health care and foreign policy Sophie Harman, senior lecturer in international politics at Queen Mary University of London “There are reasons to be fearful of the Ebola crisis gripping parts of West Africa: death, the risk of contagion, overburdened health infrastructure,…