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TPP Would Create ‘Damaging Monopolies,’ Hurt Health System

Washington Post: Letter to the Editor: The Trans-Pacific Partnership would worsen health crises Rohit Malpani, director of policy and analysis for Médecins Sans Frontières’s Access Campaign “The April 25 editorial ‘A healthy agreement’ suggested the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] won’t significantly restrict access to medicines, including in developing countries. [However, some]…

CDC Will Continue Efforts To End Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Global immunization: 50 Years of work and success Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…CDC will continue working closely with governments and ministries of health in countries where disease takes a heavy toll and where immunization systems have gaps. … At the same time,…

Liberia Should Pass Legislation To Ban FGM, Protect More Women, Girls

The Guardian: Liberia needs to muster the courage to ban FGM Mary Wandia, FGM program manager at Equality Now “…Unlike neighboring countries such as Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia has already managed to significantly reduce FGM prevalence … However, unless tough legislation is enacted and properly implemented, it may be…

Mental Health Stigma Could Be Lessened, Treatment Improved Through Legislation

The Guardian: Mental health laws would diminish stigma and improve the lives of millions Laura Davidson, barrister and international development consultant “…Despite compelling economic arguments for investing in mental health, stigma perpetuates the lack of resources allocated. So what can be done? A mental health law which enshrines the rights…

Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Response

USA TODAY: Daschle and Klain: We’re not ready for next Zika virus Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate majority leader and member of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, and Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator “…Combating biological threats — either naturally occurring like Ebola or Zika, or…

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