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Progress Against Diseases In Africa Must Continue

“One of the leading impediments to freedom and prosperity in Africa has been disease, particularly HIV, tuberculosis and malaria,” a Deseret News editorial states. “The good news is that the world now has th[ese] and other diseases on the run,” the newspaper continues. “Political turmoil, poor education and improper sanitation…

Global Health Workers Need Comprehensive Training Rather Than ‘Quick Interventions’

“As governments from all corners of the world are desperately trying to improve their health systems and achieve the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] by 2015, they promise to increase the workforce of health workers manifold,” Frances Day-Stirk, president of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), writes in the Bill &…

Global Community Should Recognize Road Deaths As Growing Public Health Issue

“Car crashes and motorcycle accidents are symptoms of a disease, and it’s high time we started looking at killer roads as a public health crisis — or ‘pandemic,’ as the Pulitzer Center put it recently,” John Sutter, a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN’s Change the List project,…

War, Conflict Hinders Global Polio Eradication Efforts

In an opinion piece in The Conversation, John Rhodes, a fellow at the Royal College of Pathologists, examines how war, conflict and distrust in Syria are hindering global polio eradication efforts. “War in the country has seriously affected health services and immunization programs, and suspected polio in 22 children has…

Better Data On Global Food Waste Needed

“Food waste is an issue of global significance, affecting food security and environmental sustainability, yet basic information is lacking on the types and quantities wasted,” Julian Parfitt, principal resource analyst at the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “Global food waste estimates…

Improving Health Systems Must Go Hand-In-Hand With Increased HIV Treatment Access

Noting price reductions for HIV treatments over the past decade have helped increase access for millions of patients in Africa, Jeffrey Misomali, an Aspen New Voices fellow, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Aspen Institute” blog, “However, these new patients used HIV treatment and care services within an ailing health system…

Three Initiatives To Help Africa Meet Health, Development Goals

Writing in New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s “On the Ground” blog, Shawn Baker, Helen Keller International’s vice president and regional director for Africa, discusses three initiatives “that are poised for the kind of success at scale that will help us keep our promises” for health and development in Africa.…

U.S. Should Maintain Funding For Successful Public Health Programs In Afghanistan

“[F]inanced largely by American foreign aid, [Afghanistan's public health care system] has produced the most rapid increase in life expectancy observed anywhere on the planet,” Justin Sandefur, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes in an Atlantic opinion piece. “In terms of lives saved, it is as…

Opinion Pieces Address International Day Of The Girl Child

October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl Child “to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” according to the day’s website. The following summarizes several opinion pieces written in recognition of the day. Victoria Dunning, Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog: “[T]oo many girls…