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Work Continues To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030

The Economist: Is the end in sight? “Targets, students of management agree, help achieve goals. The best are demanding but realistic. And that is something those in charge of the fight against AIDS have come to realize. Their latest target, by far their most ambitious, is to end the epidemic…

Early Marriage, FGM Connected To Other Injustices Girls Endure

The Guardian: Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish Ghadeer Malek, Rachel Arinii, and Nelly Bassily, members of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development “…The commitments made at the Girl Summit on eradicating FGM and child marriage, the focus on tougher laws (including putting the onus…

World Must Prioritize Health, Safety, Education For Girls

CNN: Time to stand with girls demanding change Melissa Hillebrenner, director of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign “Thursday marks 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their families and community in northeast Nigeria, a reminder of the horrors and hardships many girls face when trying…

Improving Access To Toilets Can Cut Child Stunting

The Guardian: What do toilets have to do with nutrition? More than you might think Lawrence Haddad, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Because of the public goods nature of access to improved water and sanitation (private income can take you only so far — there…

Enforcing Reparations Can Empower Sexual Violence Survivors In DRC

Inter Press Service: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations Sucharita Varanasi, senior program officer with Physicians for Human Rights “…Understanding the various hurdles that a [sexual violence] survivor must overcome in accessing the formal legal system is the first step in a survivor’s pursuit of justice. ……

Opinion Pieces Discuss Strategies, Challenges Around HIV Control

The following opinion pieces discuss different aspects of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The Conversation: It takes a global village: how we got ahead in HIV control William Bowtell, executive director of Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at UNSW Australia “…The world is…

Cooperation Vital To Achieving Development Goals

Devex: Better when we’re together Steve Hollingworth, president of Freedom from Hunger “…As a development community, we must continue to evolve our thinking about how — and with whom — we will continue to make progress toward the MDGs. How can various segments of our community work more closely with…

New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…

Affordable Hepatitis C Medicine Can Cut Number Of New Infections

Financial Times: Global push can bring remedies within reach of all who need them Stefan Wiktor, team leader of the WHO’s global hepatitis program, and Gottfried Hirnschall, director of WHO’s HIV department “We are witnessing a remarkable transformation in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). Intensive research is…

Opinion: China Forced Abortions; U.S. Work In Africa; Foreign Aid; Uganda Legislation

Detroit News Opinion Examines Forced Abortions In China   “One of the few incontrovertible assertions one can reasonably make is that no one supports forced abortion,” syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker writes in a Detroit News opinion piece that examines reports of “coerced abortions” and involuntary sterilizations in China. The piece…