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mHealth Programs Must Measure Health Outcomes

“Since a lot of health revolves around information, public health experts had high expectations for the mobile phone,” author and columnist Tina Rosenberg writes in the New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog, adding, “But roughly a decade after the start of mHealth, as the mobile health field has come to be…

USAID Working With Non-Profit Partners To Improve Health Systems Worldwide

“It takes only a fraction of a single penny per American taxpayer dollar to train a global health workforce — a workforce that will reach millions through treatment, prevention and counseling services,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, and Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International,…

USAID Addressing GBV In Humanitarian Response To Disasters

Anita Malley, acting senior displacement and protection policy adviser for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the office’s commitment “to finding solutions to address gender-based violence (GBV) as a part of our humanitarian response to disasters.” She describes USAID’s support of International Rescue Committee…

New Funding Model Will Help Global Fund Grow, Learn, Help More People

“At the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria], we launched a new funding model this week that is built to capitalize on open interaction and information flow,” Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, adding, “With more open dialogue between cooperative partners,…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces React To ‘Functional Cure’ Of Infant Born With HIV

Scientists on Sunday announced that an infant born with HIV appears to have been “functionally cured” of the virus after receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 30 hours of birth. The following is a summary of three opinion pieces published in response to the announcement. Sarah Boseley, Guardian: “This is progress and will open…

New Pope Should Consider ‘Hidden Burden’ Of NTDs

“Almost certainly, in its deliberations [to select a new Pope,] the conclave of cardinals will consider a number of difficult and well-publicized problems now facing the Catholic Church,” Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, writes in the journal’s “Speaking of Medicine” blog. “However, one issue I…

Objections To Sexual, Reproductive Rights Language In CSW Agreement Are ‘Misguided’

“[W]hile sitting through events, debates and discussions in New York [at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting], my recurring thought was why, in 2013, are we still arguing over whether women should have ownership of their own bodies?” Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Guardian’s global development website,…

Global CEOs Should Sign U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles

In an opinion piece in Forbes’ “Leadership” blog, contributor Davia Temin highlights International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, writing, “There has been so much talk, but so little action — around women’s leadership, gender equality, and curtailing violence against women. This year, however, efforts seem to be more serious.”…

Thanking Japan For Its Commitment To The Global Fund

In a post in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s blog, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul notes “[t]he contribution Japan made in 2012 was the highest annual amount that the country had made in 10 years of remarkable support to the fight against HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and…

Examining The Global Fund’s New Funding Model

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an interview with Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in which she discusses the Global Fund’s new funding model. Derrick says, “[T]he new funding model encourages countries — and their health experts…