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U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. ……

U.S. Navy’s Pacific Partnership Must Be More Responsive To Emergencies In Region

The Hill: Need more than lip-service from Pacific Partnership Eileen Natuzzi, medical education coordinator for the Solomon Island Living Memorial Project for the San Diego State University School of Public Health “…The failure of Pacific Partnership, [a Department of Defense forward readiness program in the Asia Pacific Region and] one…

Leadership, Global Governance Questions Must Be Answered For True Pandemic Preparedness

Washington Post: The next epidemic Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…The first and foundational layer of pandemic preparedness is the disease surveillance system in developing countries. … Many developing countries lack even the minimal capability to identify outbreaks before they become epidemics. Filling those gaps is one of the goals of…

Building Community Resilience, Food Security Can Improve Development Indicators

Huffington Post: From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa Darius Mans, president of Africare “…From 2008 to 2015 with support from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, Africare/Chad implemented the Batha and Ouaddaï Food Security Initiative (BOFSI). The project improved food security and…

Ending Corruption In Angola Would Help More Children Survive

New York Times: An Unsettling Complicity Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries. One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. … The other kind of parasite afflicting Angolan children is the crooked official, often working with Western executives. It’s…

2015, 2016 AIDS Conferences Could Be Revolutionary In Efforts Against Epidemic

Huffington Post: HIV Prevention on the Line: Time to Mobilize — Again Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…The 1996 and 2000 [AIDS] conferences [in Vancouver and Durban respectively] are by many accounts the two most significant global AIDS meetings that have ever taken place. And it is possible, if…

Gates Foundation Should Take Official Stance Supporting Universal Health Care

Al Jazeera America: Don’t reduce the global poor to potential consumers Nicole Aschoff, an Editor at Jacobin magazine and a lecturer at Boston University “…There is a growing global consensus on the importance of providing universal health care … The [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation], however, do[es] not agree. The…