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Tackling Food Security Is Critical To HIV Response

Scientific American: Beyond medicine: Delivering on the promise of food security in the context of the AIDS epidemic Suneetha Kadiyala, senior lecturer in nutrition-sensitive development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Rahul Rawat, research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…There remain stark inequities…

Sanitary Napkins Can Help Improve Women’s Health, Education

The Atlantic: How Sanitary Pads Can Help Women Improve Their Health and Education Betsy Teutsch, contributor “…Many women living in poverty use rags, newspaper, or even mud to manage their menstrual periods. None of these work very well and can introduce infections or injuries; they also circumscribe women’s movement. ……

Contraception Access Can Change Course Of Population Growth, Climate Change

Al Jazeera America: Family planning for climate change Malcolm Potts, director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and J. Brian Atwood, chair of global policy studies at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs…

Action, Funding Needed To Alleviate Cholera In Haiti

New York Times: Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera “…The United Nations is in an awkward spot in this crisis. It has been blamed for bringing cholera to Haiti in the first place, through its negligent soldiers who contaminated a river with their sewage. Because it has steadfastly refused to…

Malaria Vaccines Make ‘A World Without Malaria’ Possible

The Guardian: Malaria vaccines: from impossible to probable Ashley Birkett, director of PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative “At the turn of the last century, governments, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and the commercial sector mobilized to stem the tide against malaria, an ancient scourge. The result has been impressive — an estimated 3.3…

Changing The Way The U.S. Gives Foreign Assistance

Politix: Getting Our Money’s Worth On Foreign Aid Diana Ohlbaum, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies “…[F]oreign aid is only about 1 percent of our budget — and the part that is used to help the world’s poorest people is less than half that amount. These…

Candidate Vaccine Against Malaria Brings Hope To End Disease

Financial Times: An effective vaccine against malaria may at last be in sight Joe Cohen, adviser to the malaria vaccine project at GlaxoSmithKline “…While huge progress has been made during the past decade, thanks to bed nets, better treatments and diagnostic tools, [malaria] still claims hundreds of thousands of lives…

Senegal Leads By Example In Fight Against Malaria

Skoll World Forum: The Battle to End Malaria: Senegal Leads by Example Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Senegal’s Minister of Health, and Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…Certainly, World Malaria Day is a time to consider the great progress we have made globally…

Opinion Pieces Highlight World Malaria Day, Efforts To Eliminate Disease

The following is a summary of three opinion pieces addressing World Malaria Day 2014. Huffington Post: Top 10 Reasons to Believe Malaria Can Be Defeated in Our Lifetime Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing “In 2008, the malaria community came together to celebrate the first World Malaria Day…

Saudi Arabia Must Embrace Transparency, Cooperation In MERS Outbreak

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia’s MERS virus outbreak demands transparency “…Major uncertainties about the MERS virus persist, including how it spreads, whether it has efficiently begun human-to-human transmission and whether its genetic makeup has evolved. The Saudis must throw open their doors to international scientific inquiry. … For everyone’s safety and…