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Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address World Health Day Issues

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized on April 7 and this year focused on vector-borne diseases. CNN: World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6 Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “…It’s easy to…

Programs To End Child Marriage Must Include Families, Communities

Devex: Ann Warner: Include families, communities in programs to end child marriage “Child marriage affects girls — but the solution to end the practice needs more than focusing on the victims. Effective programs to end child marriage should also include the families of the girls and members of the communities…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of the “She Builds” campaign. Devex: A revolution without boundaries Ashley Judd, actress, humanitarian, ambassador and board member for PSI Judd outlines five goals, including ending child marriage and stopping gender-based violence, to help move gender equality forward. “…More than ever, women are…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

Support For Locally Led Initiatives Improves Maternal Health In Malawi

Writing in a guest post in Oxfam’s “Politics of Poverty” blog, Dorothy Ngoma, principal secretary and national coordinator of Malawi’s Presidential Initiative for Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, discusses several of the projects under the initiative, stating, “As a result of this initiative, in two years we have managed to…

Public Private Partnerships Can Help Create AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: An AIDS-Free Generation Rhonda Zygocki, executive vice president of policy and planning at Chevron Corporation “…[E]nding HIV transmission from mother to child remains one of the most achievable ways to realize an AIDS-free generation — with the potential to bring about an end to new infections, keep mothers…

‘Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied’ For Reproductive Health Care Rights

The Guardian: Reproductive rights and wrongs: how discrimination blights maternity care Mónica Arango, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights “More than 4,000 Brazilian women die each year from complications with their pregnancy. Maternal mortality remains the leading cause of death among women…

April 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The April 2014 issue of the WHO Bulletin features a public health news round-up, an article on improving breastfeeding rates in Indonesia, and an article on the challenges of eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases, among other articles (April 2014).

Melinda Gates Discusses The Power Of Mothers

Huffington Post: Bring Every Good Thing to Our Children Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “…Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good in the world. Whenever I…