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Ebola Outbreak Serves As ‘Wake-Up Call’ To Boost R&D, Prepare For Next Outbreak

Scientific American: After Ebola, a Blueprint Emerges to Jump-Start R&D Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health systems and innovation “…The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been called a wake-up call for so many reasons. … From where I sit in Geneva, the response by the global health…

World Governments Should Set Smart Development Targets, Focus On Key Priorities

Project Syndicate: Smart Development Targets Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “…[T]he U.N. is currently poised to consider an impossibly inclusive 169 targets [for the post-2015 development agenda]. … In truth, having 169 priorities is like having none…

Social Costs Of Diseases Must Be Considered When Debating Costs Of Drug R&D

U.S. News & World Report: The True Cost of Costly Drug Development Paul Howard, senior fellow and director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, and Yevgeniy Feyman, a fellow and deputy director of the Center for Medical Progress “…Focusing on the development costs, or even drug prices, without…

Clean Cooking Technologies Can Improve Women’s Health, ‘Create Community Change’

Nature: Sustainability: Clean cooking empowers women Laura S. Brown, program coordinator, and William F. Lankford, founder and president of the Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP) “…For nearly 25 years, [the Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP)] has provided financial and technical assistance to thousands of poor, rural women for…

Disease Eradication Efforts Must Continue In Earnest, Be Fully Supported Until Completion

Bloomberg Business: How the World Is Wiping Out Killer Diseases Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…These eradication efforts [for Guinea worm, polio, malaria, and other diseases] represent genuine and largely unheralded breakthroughs, not just for Africa but for the planet as a whole. At the…

Ending Obstetric Fistula In Uganda Can Help ‘Restore Women’s Dignity’

Huffington Post: Whole Again: Obstetric Fistula in Rural Uganda Orrin Tiberi, Global Health Corps fellow at Uganda Village Project “On May 23, Uganda will join the world in celebrating the third International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which arose from the Campaign to End Fistula initiated in 2003 by the…

U.S. Must Maintain Investments In HIV Vaccine, Prevention Research

The Hill: Choosing the worst time to scale back AIDS research Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…For the first time, we can honestly talk about how to end the AIDS epidemic — and we have not only researchers, advocates, and trial participants to thank, but also American taxpayers. But…