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U.S. Government ‘Must Help Counter’ Tobacco Industry Sales In Developing Countries

New York Times: Fitful Progress in the Antismoking Wars “…Although smoking rates among adults around the globe have fallen sharply since 1980, the number of smokers has increased significantly along with population growth and will continue to increase as national incomes and populations rise. The United States government must help…

Implementation Models For Dissemination Of Mental Health Research Needed

“In recent years, growing interest and awareness has resulted in global mental health finally stepping out of the narrow field of psychiatry and beginning to occupy space in public health discourse,” Julia Beart, head of business development for the U.K. charity Basic Needs, and Shoba Raja, director of policy and…

Preventing Childhood Diseases In India Must Be Prioritized

“As India celebrates Children’s Day [on Thursday], the frightening UNICEF statistic that 1.4 million children under five die every year in this country, the vast majority of them from preventable diseases, should not be forgotten,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College in Vellore,…

Let’s Work Together To Help Children With Cerebral Palsy In Nigeria

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Freeman Osonuga, founder and executive director of Heal the World Foundation in Nigeria, examines the issue of cerebral palsy, “a disorder of posture and movement which is caused by a permanent and non-progressive insult to the developing brain,” in the country. “Cerebral palsy…

Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Faces Obstacles But Is Best Option For Some

“Last year, the [WHO] finally recommended the preventative approach, called seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), in African regions where malaria is common and strictly seasonal,” Brooklyn-based science journalist Amy Maxmen writes in a post in Scientific American’s “Guest Blog” examining the “public health debate and the future of this potentially historical…

Opinion Pieces Address Challenges, Progress In Fight Against Pneumonia

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing pneumonia.World Pneumonia Day was observed on Tuesday. Kolleen Bouchane, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “[F]or all the beautiful things a child’s lungs can do, they also provide a breeding ground for many of the deadliest diseases affecting children: tuberculosis (TB), asthma,…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Urge U.S. To Invest In Global Fund

The following editorial and opinion piece address U.S. funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is holding its replenishment meeting in Washington, D.C., in December and aiming to raise an additional $15 billion over the next three years. Eugene Register-Guard: “The United States should set…

‘More Comprehensive, Integrated Approach’ Needed For Future Global Health Targets

The “disease-specific and demographic-selective approach” taken under the global health-related Millennium Development Goals “has skewed funding, resources and the global health narrative to the exclusion of other important causes of global morbidity and mortality,” physician and development advocate Tim Crocker-Buque writes in a Devex opinion piece. “Although the decline in…

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