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Asia-Pacific Region Can Improve Investments To Help End AIDS Epidemic

Jakarta Globe: Asia-Pacific Can Lead World to End AIDS Epidemic Shamshad Akhtar, executive secretary of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director “…Ending the AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is possible, as long as countries have the courage…

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Increased Resources, Political Will To Bolster Small-Scale Agriculture Can Prevent Food Insecurity In Post-Ebola West Africa

Huffington Post: After Ebola: Why Rural Development Matters in a Time of Crisis Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development “…A food crisis seems increasingly likely to follow in the wake of the [Ebola] epidemic, which has devastated small-scale farmers. Without investment in their long-term development,…

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10 Advances In Global Health, Vaccinations For 2015

Huffington Post: 2015: Full Speed Ahead Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015: 1. A fully-funded Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; 2. An end…

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World Must Address Multiple Geo-Economic Risks In 2015, Including Conflict, Water Shortages, Climate Change

Huffington Post: 2015: A Year of Action for Global Risks? Margareta Drzeniek-Hanousz, lead economist at the World Economic Forum “Geo-economic conflict is the number one risk facing the world right now, according to the Global Risks 2015 report. Experts believe we face a greater threat of terrorist attacks and state…

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Gates Annual Letter Should Prompt Discussion About West’s Role In Poverty Eradication

Washington Post: Grading the 2015 Bill and Melinda Gates letter on poverty alleviation Chris Blattman, associate professor of political science and international and public affairs at Columbia University “…[T]o preview, my overall grade [of the Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter] is a B. … By 2030, probably half the…

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Childhood Vaccinations Provide Lifelong Health, Economic Benefits

Huffington Post: A Birthday Gift to Last a Lifetime Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…[T]he impact of immunization only begins with a vaccine shot. Where sickness impoverishes, health empowers, and not just individuals but economies too, helping to lift them out of poverty, potentially reducing dependence on…

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Social Sciences As Important As Medical Science In Preventing Drug Resistance, Disease Spread

Project Syndicate: The Social Science of Medicine Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust “…The growing capacity of pathogens to resist antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs is turning into the greatest emerging crisis in contemporary health care — and it is a crisis that cannot be solved by science alone.…

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WHO Needs Structural Reform, Proactive Leadership

Wall Street Journal: All Is Not Well at the World Health Organization Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust “…[E]ven if the WHO grasps this historic opportunity [to reform], there are fundamental and systemic failings that underlie its inability to learn lessons. This essential organization, with international legitimacy and respect…

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Health, Development Goals In Gates Annual Letter More Realistic Than Draft U.N. SDGs

Bloomberg Businessweek: Bill and Melinda Gates Want the U.N. to Get Real Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…The bets in the Gates [annual] letter are far more likely to happen than the U.N. [Sustainable Development Goals] draft’s targets. … The Gateses’ annual letter is a…

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Systematic Changes In Pricing, Procurement Must Occur For Universal Access To Affordable Vaccines

The Lancet: What are affordable vaccines? Editorial Board “…Although the world’s poorest countries are supported by Gavi, [a new report from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] describes how a large group of middle-income countries, aid agencies, and Gavi-graduating countries are struggling to afford key vaccinations. … MSF calls on governments and…

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