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Success Of SDGs Requires Sustained International Commitment, Strong Accountability Mechanisms

Project Syndicate: Another Great Leap Forward for Development Javier Solana, president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution “…Without strong accountability mechanisms, the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will amount to little more than an exercise in raising awareness, effectively subordinating the…

Fears Of MERS Outbreak During Hajj Pilgrimage ‘Probably Overblown’

Vox: Why worries about a MERS virus outbreak at the Hajj are probably overblown Julia Belluz, health reporter at Vox “…There are a few reasons fears about a deadly outbreak [of MERS] are overblown. … Heading up to this year’s Hajj, [a pilgrimage taken by millions to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca,]…

Strategies To Encourage Vaccination Must Be Tailored To Local Communities

Devex: Why we should not hesitate to vaccinate Philippe Duclos, executive secretary for the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization “…There is no ‘magic bullet’ or single intervention strategy that works for all instances of vaccine hesitancy. We need tailored strategies to improve vaccine acceptance, using effective communication to…

TPP Could Decrease Availability Of Generic Medicines To Patients Worldwide

JAMA: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Implications for Access to Essential Medicines Jing Luo and Aaron S. Kesselheim of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School “…[I]n its current form, the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] could lower the bar for the patenting of pharmaceutical innovations…

Liberia Needs Resilient Health System, Economy To Strengthen Nation Post-Ebola

Huffington Post: Bringing Resiliency and Normalcy to Ebola-Free Liberia Jolene Mullins, Liberia country representative for Project Concern International (PCI) “…Even with the significant achievements made to date, Liberia needs more health workers, supplies, resources, and infrastructure to protect against future outbreaks. Chaos has ended but rebuilding a country’s structure takes…

On 70th Anniversary, U.N. Must Undergo 3 Key Upgrades To Fulfill Goals

Project Syndicate: The U.N. at 70 Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on the Millennium Development Goals “…If the U.N. is to continue to fulfill its unique and vital global role in the twenty-first century, it must…