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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Emergence Of New Bird Flu Strain In China

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces and an editorial written in response to reports of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — emerging from China. Peter Christian Hall, Reuters’ “The Great Debate”: “Memories of China’s repression of news during its tumultuous 2002-03 SARS outbreak could…

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More Must Be Done To Find Balance Between Drug Innovation, Affordable Health Care

“The decision by India’s Supreme Court to overturn the patent on Novartis’s cancer treatment Glivec is good news for more affordable health care and bad news for drug innovation,” a Financial Times editorial states, adding, “It fails fundamentally to address either issue, both of which need wide-ranging reform.” By disallowing…

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To Meet TB Treatment Goals, Latent TB Cases Must Be Diagnosed

“If everyone in the world were tested for latent infection with tuberculosis (a status that predisposes people to develop active disease) today, at least one billion people would be positive,” Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “From the World…

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‘Remarkable Alignment’ Of PEPFAR, Global Fund Efforts Is Reason For Continued Support

Recent global health events — including the release of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation (.pdf), the launch of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model, and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evaluation of PEPFAR — “mak[e] it clear; it is a time of transformation for global health,”…

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More Information Needed About New Strain Of Bird Flu In China

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, recounts recent events in China, including the discovery of hundreds of dead pigs, ducks, and geese in rivers and the diagnosis of several human cases of a new strain of avian influenza,…

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NTDs Have ‘Devastating Consquences’ For 1 Out Of 6 People Worldwide

“There are so many things we take for granted in America. One of them is that our children are not regularly infected by one of the tropical diseases so common among the world’s poorest people,” Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, writes in an ABC News opinion…

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Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…

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‘Innovative’ Awareness Campaigns On Maternal Health Will Push Progress In Ghana

Despite international praise for Ghana’s successful economic growth and its “reputation as a beacon of democracy in Africa,” “4,000 women die every year and over 200,000 are disabled due to pregnancy-related complications,” Kwesi Owusu, executive producer of the Maternal Health Channel television series, writes in a CNN opinion piece. “So how…

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Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Address Global Health

“A proliferation of complex challenges to development, such as political conflict, economic austerity, and environmental degradation, all demand attention, but should not deflect from recognizing that good health is central to advancing global prosperity,” GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and…

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Global Community Failing To Address Health Inequalities

“The goal of the WHO — amplified … in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — is to ensure the attainment by the entire world’s people of the highest possible level of health,” Calum Macpherson, director and vice president of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, writes in a…

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