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Pope Francis’s Pledge To Poor Can Translate Into Social Action

Writing in a SciDev.Net feature article, journalist Imogen Mathers examines what the election of the new pope will mean for the development sector. “With the sector gearing up for World Health Day this weekend (7 April), debates continue about what changes — if any — Pope Francis I will make…

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…

Global Health Efforts A Casualty Of Across-The-Board Cuts Under ‘Sequester’

“The across-the-board cuts under the ‘sequester’ will undermine efficient programs, along with the inefficient. One unfortunate casualty is spending on global health efforts,” a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial says. Noting the sequester as well as “the budget introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan [R-Wis.], who chairs the House Budget Committee,” would reduce…

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…

FY14 Budget Request Has Mixed Implications For Foreign Aid, Humanitarian Programs

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Jeremy Kadden, senior legislative manager at InterAction, examines the potential implications of the Obama administration’s budget request for U.S. foreign aid. He states that “[d]igging in to the details of the budget plan” there is “mixed news,” and provides figures from the request.…

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,…

President’s FY14 Budget Proposal Encourages More Donation To Global Fund

By proposing $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “in his 2014 budget request to Congress, President Obama gave the world the next big shove it needs to control and end AIDS, tuberculosis [TB], and malaria,” Kolleen Bouchane, director of ACTION, writes in the Huffington Post’s…

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…

Ensuring HIV/AIDS Treatment For MSM, Drug Users In Russia Is Human Rights Issue

Noting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “new ban on ‘homosexual agendas,'” Frank Wong, an associate professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, writes in an Al Jazeera opinion piece, “Putin’s anti-homosexuality agenda is only one part of a much larger problem. Not all Russian citizens are entitled…

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