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International Community Should Better Integrate Mental Health Care Into Humanitarian Responses

“October 10 commemorates World Mental Health Day and is observed, in part, to raise public awareness about mental health issues. One matter that deserves critical attention is better integrating mental health care into global humanitarian responses,” Curt Goering, executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture, writes in the…

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Three Initiatives To Help Africa Meet Health, Development Goals

Writing in New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s “On the Ground” blog, Shawn Baker, Helen Keller International’s vice president and regional director for Africa, discusses three initiatives “that are poised for the kind of success at scale that will help us keep our promises” for health and development in Africa.…

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Improving Health Systems Must Go Hand-In-Hand With Increased HIV Treatment Access

Noting price reductions for HIV treatments over the past decade have helped increase access for millions of patients in Africa, Jeffrey Misomali, an Aspen New Voices fellow, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Aspen Institute” blog, “However, these new patients used HIV treatment and care services within an ailing health system…

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Governments Should Find ‘Home-Grown Financing Systems’ To Achieve UHC

Universal health coverage (UHC) “could transform the lives of millions of people by bringing life-saving health care to those who need it most,” Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima writes in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog. “But some donors and developing country governments have been promoting health insurance schemes as…

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Ensuring HIV/AIDS Treatment For MSM, Drug Users In Russia Is Human Rights Issue

Noting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “new ban on ‘homosexual agendas,'” Frank Wong, an associate professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, writes in an Al Jazeera opinion piece, “Putin’s anti-homosexuality agenda is only one part of a much larger problem. Not all Russian citizens are entitled…

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Rwanda’s Prime Minister Discusses MDG Progress

Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog about his country’s progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “While the government in Kigali plays a central coordinating role, Rwanda’s success has been driven by the way services and programs have been delivered…

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CDC Working To Eradicate Polio Amid Partial Government Shutdown

Noting how the U.S. government’s partial shutdown is affecting the CDC — closing eight of 10 global disease detection centers worldwide — Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson writes in an opinion piece, “Fortunately, the CDC’s polio eradication effort has been largely exempted from the shutdown.” He continues, “It is part…

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Conservatives Should Support Family Planning Programs

Saying conservatives historically supported family planning programs but recently have argued against contraception, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece, “But what if I told you that there are a number of really good conservative arguments for supporting and even increasing…

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Substandard, Fake Medicines Continue To Harm Patients Most In Need Of ‘Cheap, Good Medicine’

“Over the past six years, my research group has sampled thousands of medicines used to treat tuberculosis, malaria, and major bacterial infections in emerging markets,” Roger Bate, author and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece, noting “just over five percent of products failed…

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International Cooperation Needed To Ensure Food Security

After “a sharp rise in maize prices, triggered by the worst drought in the last 50 years in the U.S. Midwest, [one year ago] sent shock waves through the international food markets raising fears that food prices would spiral out of control,” “[t]he outlook for international food markets finally looks…

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