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Op-Ed: Pres. Obama’s Ghana Trip, Africa Policy

Obama’s Policy Could Make U.S.-Africa Relations ‘Flower’ Although critics have said that President Obama’s speech in Ghana “sounded a familiar refrain” echoing “the same message about good governance… from presidents Clinton and George W. Bush” and “[n]o new programs or initiatives” for the continent, “just because the message is old doesn’t mean…

Opinion: U.S. Global HIV/AIDS Funding; Maternal Health; Meeting Needs Of Recipient Nations

U.S. Lawmakers Should Not Slow AIDS Funding According to a Concord Monitor opinion piece, PEPFAR has “fostered self-reliance… strengthened drug supply and delivery systems… trained new health care workers,” and the impact of U.S. tax dollars has been “multiplied” by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “A…

Opinions: Maternal Mortality; Health System Strengthening

Columnist Sees ‘Dawn Of A Global Movement Against Maternal Mortality’ Columnist Nicholas Kristof examines maternal health in developing countries in his latest New York Times opinion piece. Kristof describes a Pakistani woman’s birth experience to illustrate the sort of “dramas” that “play out constantly in poor countries” where one “woman dies a minute…

Recent Releases: USAID; NTD Fact Sheet, Journal; Ethics In NGO Research

Blog Examines State Of USAID, Potential Farmer Appointment The OhMyGov! blog examines the possible appointment of Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer to lead USAID, “a troubled institution that has been without a leader since President Obama’s inauguration.” The blog looks at the vetting process and what some “USAID watchers”…

Opinion: An ‘Integrated Approach’ To U.S. Global Health Aid; G8 Agriculture Investment

Global Health Aid Should Take An ‘Integrated Approach’ “As the health care reform debate unfolds domestically, we face an opportune moment to recalculate for the better how we maximize the success of our efforts abroad to strengthen global health,” Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority leader and current member of the…

New Testing Technologies Can Help Fight TB, But New Treatments Needed

“[F]or many low-income populations, [tuberculosis (TB)] is nothing less than a modern-day public health emergency,” and “[t]o make things worse, many of these patients [a]re living with HIV,” U.N. Under-Secretary General and UNITAID Chair Philippe Douste-Blazy writes in a Huffington Post “Impact” blog opinion piece. “There is hope though, and a new piece of…

mHealth ‘Not Yet Living Up To Its Potential’ To Transform Health Care Systems

“mHealth can be defined as medical and public health practices supported by mobile technologies, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices,” Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance, and Sarah Struble, a program associate at the mHealth Alliance, write in…