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Ugandan Scientist Responds In Open Letter To Country’s Proposed Anti-Gay Law

New York Times: An Open Letter on Homosexuality to My Fellow Ugandan Scientists Dean Hamer, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is about to sign into law a vehement anti-gay law after ‘medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but…

Larval Source Management Should Be Used As Malaria Control Strategy

The Guardian: Targeting mosquito breeding sites in the fight against malaria Lucy Tusting, a research degree student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “…Great success has been achieved in malaria control in the past decade, with global malaria mortality cut by a quarter. However, our core vector…

Integrating Agriculture, Nutrition Is Critical to Eliminate Malnutrition

The Guardian: Can agriculture play a bigger role in solving malnutrition? Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…Forging stronger links between agriculture and nutrition sectors is a critical big part of eliminating malnutrition. So we need to start using the investments pledged in…

Congress Should Approve Additional Funding For Global Health Security Agenda

New York Times: Coping With Infectious Disease “The list of infectious diseases that could leap from remote areas of the world to strike countries thousands of miles away is growing. … It made good sense, then, when the Obama administration, after meeting with representatives of three United Nations agencies and…

‘No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance,’ Save The Children President Says

Huffington Post: No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children “…As new research released [on Monday] by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone. ……

Education Important For Curbing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it’s by choice? Ola Perczynska, program manager at Her Turn in Kathmandu, Nepal “Despite child marriage being a human rights violation and the negative effects on girls and subsequently their children being well documented, in rural Nepal, an increasing…

Political Will, Funding Necessary To End Newborn Deaths

The Hill: Honoring every newborn Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) “…[T]here are existing interventions that, if scaled up, have the potential to reduce newborn deaths by as much as 75 percent. What’s lacking is the political will and funding to deliver…

‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Can Help Address Spread Of Leishmaniasis In Conflict Zones

Huffington Post: Leishmaniasis: The Neglected Disease of War, Conflict, and Human Misery Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “One of the least known consequences of modern conflict in the Middle East and East Africa has been the widespread devastation that results from a tropical infection…

Re-establishing USAID As Stand-Alone Agency ‘Essential’ To Fixing U.S. Foreign Aid

Reuters: How to fix foreign aid Paul Brinkley, former deputy under secretary of defense and founding director of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations from 2004-20ll “…America’s inability to provide even symbolic access to economic opportunity is crippling our image abroad. The mistaken belief that the United States…