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Blogs Address World Toilet Day

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing World Toilet Day, which was observed November 19. Alex Gordon, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog: “Without a toilet, people are forced to defecate outside — an act that compromises a person’s dignity, privacy and safety, and…

Responsibility Of Replenishing Global Fund Must Be Shared By Wealthy, Developing Countries

“The Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] is asking for $15 billion for the next three years, of which the U.S. is asked to contribute $5 billion,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health specialist, writes in The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” “So far, the U.K., France, Japan, Germany, Scandinavian countries,…

China Should Abolish One-Child Policy

Noting China last week announced it will ease its one-child policy, allowing families with at least one parent who is an only child to have two children, a Washington Post editorial provides a brief history of the policy and writes, “It was an ill-conceived response to the overpopulation fears that…

As Long As Polio Exists Anywhere, World Is At Risk

“[A]s long as polioviruses circulate anywhere in the world, they can be exported to countries that are now poliomyelitis-free and can cause serious outbreaks,” Trevor Mundel, president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, and Walter Orenstein, a professor and associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center,…

Stop Polio In Three Endemic Countries To Prevent Its Spread Elsewhere

“One of our worst fears was recently confirmed: Polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years, infecting at least 10 young children,” Siddharth Chatterjee, chief diplomat at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in an Al Jazeera opinion piece. “In…

U.S. Military ‘Should Prioritize’ Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response

“The scale of the U.S. military’s response to the disastrous Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines has been impressive … But military-led disaster relief is not only a humanitarian imperative — it can also serve a larger strategic imperative as a part of U.S. foreign policy,” Erik Brattberg, a fellow at…

Policymakers Must Acknowledge Climate Change, Storms, Food Security Connections

“While directly connecting climate change and specific storms has always been difficult, it is easy to see the impact of these super storms on food security,” Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Copenhagen, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” blog,…

Opinion Pieces Published Ahead Of Global Fund Replenishment Conference

The following is a summary of opinion pieces published ahead of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment conference scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on December 3. Phyllis AlRoy, Times of Trenton: “The choice is clear: invest in efforts to end these pandemics or allow…

Senate Should Ratify U.N. Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

“Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has revived … the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities,” a New York Times editorial states, noting the Senate last year “fell five votes short of ratifying [the] international treaty that…

Intensified Efforts To Diagnose, Treat TB Needed In Philippines

Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, “[l]ack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, which the Philippines Department of Health officials say are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon,” Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, writes in the…