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U.N. Holds First-Ever High-Level General Assembly Session On Disability And Development

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic U.N. meeting of world leaders Monday ‘to break barriers and open doors’ for the more than one billion disabled people around the world,” the Associated Press/Huffington Post reports, noting, “The goal of the first-ever high-level General Assembly meeting was to spur international action to…

Podcast, Reporting Series, Infographic Examine Global Road Safety

The Guardian’s Global Development Podcast examines “how the roads have become one of the world’s biggest killers.” Hosted by journalist Annie Kelly, the discussion features journalist Sajid Chowdhury reporting from Bangladesh; Overseas Development Institute Executive Director Kevin Watkins; Kate McMahon, formerly with the U.K. Department of Transport and currently a…

U.N. Must Involve Communities To Form Post-2015 Global Health Agenda

In a Project Syndicate column, Kent Buse, chief of political affairs and strategy at UNAIDS, and Sarah Hawkes, a Wellcome Trust senior fellow in international public engagement at the Institute for Global Health at University College London, examine the post-2015 development agenda discussions surrounding global health issues, particularly non-communicable diseases,…

Despite Obesity Problems, Many In Mexico Are Food Insecure

“Despite talk of Mexico’s emerging middle class, 45.5 percent of this nation’s more than 118 million people remain mired in poverty,” GlobalPost reports, adding, “Though Mexico this year became the fattest of the world’s most populous countries, according to [the U.N.] Food and Agriculture Organization, millions still don’t get enough…

Honduras, Ukraine Challenge Australian Laws On Tobacco Marketing At WTO

“Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging Australian laws that impose uniform drab green packaging and large graphic health warnings for cigarettes, diplomats said on Friday,” Reuters reports. “Tobacco firms say the Australian rules, which outlaw logos, infringe their trademarks,” the news agency…

Maternal Mental Health Should Be Priority On Global Agenda

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Sara Gorman, an MPH candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, examines the need for an increased focus on improving maternal mental health. “Integrating mental health programs with maternal health programs is not only as important in saving mothers’ lives…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. Jessica Haberer and colleagues report that high adherence to antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people in serodiscordant relationships, “achieved in the setting of active adherence monitoring and counseling support, is…

CFR Blog Examines Debate Over TPP Tobacco Regulation Proposals

In a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) “Expert Brief,” Thomas Bollyky, a CFR senior fellow for global health, economics, and development, examines debate over the treatment of tobacco under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “the pending trade deal between the United States and eleven other countries.” He continues, “The White House…