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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…

World Must ‘Get Serious About Tackling’ Water, Sanitation

New York Times: Cholera and Clean Water Lisa Schectman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid “Drawing attention to the continuing catastrophe of cholera in Haiti is critical to bringing an end to the preventable suffering and death that stem from the true root cause: poor access to safe drinking…

Climate Change Is A Food Security Issue

Al Jazeera: Climate change and the food security dimension Hilal Elver, research professor in global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Climate Change Project “The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report made clear that climate change will be harmful for…

U.S. Food Aid Must ‘Prioritize Population Needs Over Industry Pressure’

Lancet Global Health: ‘From the American People': the U.S. Farm Bill and the reform of emergency food aid James Smith of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne “…With the support of several international non-governmental organizations, the current U.S. administration recently proposed substantial changes, which would largely delink food aid from…

Car Wash Started By Ethiopian Youth Provides HIV/AIDS Education

Huffington Post: Cleaning up Ethiopia — One Car at a Time Anne Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International “…Ethiopia is on track toward meeting all eight MDGs, from eradicating extreme hunger and poverty to improving maternal health to reducing child mortality. … In Gulele, a sub-city of the capital,…