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Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces address issues surrounding the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Beyond Screening for Ebola Editorial Board “The new monitoring rules to be placed on travelers coming into the United States from three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa form a smart and workable response to a…

Rotary’s ‘This Close’ Campaign Aims To End Polio

Roanoke Times: We’re “this close” to ending polio Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic; Jon Barlett, CEO of LewisGale Medical Center and president of LewisGale Regional Health System; Cynda Johnson, president and founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Bertram Spetzler, president of the…

Focus On Health During Birth, Of Newborns Needed To End Preventable Child Deaths

The Lancet: Ending preventable child deaths: addressing the high-risk days after birth Colin Mathers, senior scientist at the WHO “…For the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, WHO and other U.N. agencies are discussing a goal to ‘end preventable child deaths’ with a proposed 2030 target of 25 or fewer under-five deaths…

#Commit2deliver Working To Bolster Efforts To Save Lives Of Women, Children

Huffington Post U.K.: Five Things You Need to Know About #Commit2deliver Allan Pamba, GSK vice president for East Africa “…Last month I was at an Every Woman Every Child event held in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly week, where heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists — even…

Gender Must Be Integrated Into Post-2015 Development Goals

Devex: Gender and poverty interventions: 5 ways to get it right in 2015 Sylvia Chant, professor of development geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Gwendolyn Beetham, senior program coordinator at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University “…For gender advocates, one of the main critiques of…

Scientific Community Ready For ‘Constructive Discussion’ Over Gain-Of-Function Research

Nature: A ripe time for gaining ground Editorial Board “Late last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an immediate pause in all new government funding for gain-of-function (GOF) research — experiments to boost the transmissibility, virulence,…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following editorial and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Some Good News on the Ebola Front Editorial Board “…Both [Nigeria and Senegal, each recently declared Ebola-free after outbreaks,] will need to keep their guards up. As long as the epidemic rages out of…

Obama Should Appoint Special Envoy For LGBT Rights

The Hill: Special envoy for gay rights needed Shawn Gaylord, advocacy counsel for LGBT rights at Human Rights First “…[In his first term,] Obama signaled that he intended to champion the concerns of LGBT people not just in the United States but also overseas. … But now in his second…

Mobile Phones, Data Can Help End Malaria

Devex: Data and mobile Martin Edlund, founding member and CEO of Malaria No More “Of all the tools in the malaria fight (including the obvious ones such as nets, testing, treatment, and spraying) mobile phones may be the ones that tip the balance toward ending this disease. That’s why at…

Network Of Hospitals In Middle East Gulf States Work To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

The Guardian: Tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria through collaborative networking Hosam Zowawi, microbiologist and scientific entrepreneur “…In 2011, the World Health Organization dedicated World Health Day to antibiotic-resistance and produced a policy package to combat antimicrobial resistance. Proposed measures included increasing surveillance and laboratory capacity, regulating and promoting the rational use of…