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Opinion Pieces, Blogs Address World Health Day

To mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO in 1948, the international community on April 7 observed World Health Day. This year’s theme was high blood pressure, or hypertension. The following is a summary of opinion pieces and blog posts addressing the day. Françoise Castex, Devex: “This year…

Politicians Need To Address ‘Increasingly Ominous’ Issue Of Food Security

“A study by the U.K. Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent of all the food grown in the world never makes it to the plate,” and “[u]p to one billion people are malnourished or hungry,” a Guardian editorial writes. “But food security is not just…

Investments Needed To Implement Interventions To Save Newborn Lives

“Each year, three million newborns die, making up 43 percent of the world’s under-five child deaths,” Joy Lawn, director of global evidence and policy for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives, writes in an Inter Press Service opinion piece. “The moments before, during and immediately after labor are critical for…

$15B Commitment To Global Fund Would Change The Course Of History

On Monday “in Brussels, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced an appeal to government and private sector donors for $15 billion for the next three years,” Joyce Banda, president of the Republic of Malawi, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “While this appeal…

Opinion Pieces Urge Continued Support For Global Fund

This week, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria gathered representatives from donor and implementing countries in Brussels, Belgium, to formally launch its 2014-2016 replenishment process. The following is a summary of two opinion pieces on continued support for the Global Fund. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Huffington Post “The…

Drug Makers Must Change R&D Practices Or Patent Disputes Will Continue

“[T]he impact of [a decision by the Supreme Court in India to disallow a new patent for an updated version of Novartis’ cancer drug Glivec] will likely be broader than just that issue, escalating a long-simmering fight over patented cancer medications in emerging markets,” Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health,…

Global Commitment Needed For Polio Eradication

“I have spent my career seeking to understand and tackling deadly viruses, from ebola to HIV. But polio stands out because, unlike these diseases, we already hold the key to its eradication: effective vaccines,” Peter Piot, director and professor of global health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical…

Opinions: Doctors In Developing Nations; Foreign Aid

Boosting Number Of Medical Residents In U.S. Could Negatively Impact Developing Nations In a New York Times opinion piece that focuses on health reform in the U.S., Shannon Brownlee, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and David Goodman, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Scientific American Examines Neglected Tropical Diseases A Scientific American article examines recent efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The author writes “NTDs have plagued humankind for thousands of years. … What is new, however, is that donors, drugmakers, health ministries in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization…

Opinions: Community-Based Health Care Models; U.S. Leadership In Reproductive Health Care

‘Accompaniment’ Can Reform Health Care Around The World “We don’t need to start fresh to create patient-centered medical homes. We just need to look to community-based models of care that are effective but often go unrecognized,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Heidi Behforouz, the director of the…