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Opinion Pieces Examine Health Needs Of Children During Holiday Season

The following is a summary of opinion pieces examining the needs of children around the world this holiday season. Marion Roche, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: Noting “[d]iarrhea remains the second leading cause of death in children under five years old” and “is also the leading cause of malnutrition in children…

Effective Healthcare Requires Universal Access, Delivery In Addition To Research

In a SciDev.net opinion piece, Roger Williamson, an independent consultant and visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, examines what “the poorest billion need to improve ‘poor health.'” He highlights an article published by SciDev.net last week, which “reported that the WHO will decide…

Guardian Partner Zone Features Opinion Pieces From PATH

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network Partner Zone,” sponsored by PATH, features several opinion pieces from the organization. In the first of these pieces, PATH President and CEO Steve Davis “reflects on his recent trip to the [Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)], where he traveled with staff working to improve…

Faith Leaders ‘Uniquely Positioned’ To Help Eliminate HIV/AIDS Stigma

“[T]here has been tremendous progress in the medical and scientific aspects of HIV and AIDS. But there has been much less progress on the social aspects of the pandemic, especially the stigma associated with the disease,” David Barstow, president of EMPACT Africa, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Religion” blog. “Leaders…

Global Health Challenges Best Addressed By Locally Driven Solutions

In a three-part series in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Eric Silfen, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Philips Healthcare, proposes “that many of the ‘global’ health care challenges we face can best be addressed by developing affordable, accessible and cost-effective solutions that satisfy patients’ needs,” or…

Food Is A Global Health Issue

Writing in the PLOS “Translational Global Health” blog, Alessandro Demaio, an Australian medical doctor, examines the links between food and global health and provides five reasons “why food is, and must be, a global health issue.” He discusses the emergence of food-related disease, such as diabetes, heart disease and some…

All Health Workers In Rural Africa Should Have Access To Bikes For Transportation

In a CNN opinion piece published as part of a series produced in association with the Skoll World Forum “on people who are finding new ways to help solve the world’s biggest problems,” Andrea Coleman and Barry Coleman, co-founders of Riders for Health, an organization that helps health workers in…

MAMA Helping Women Through Pregnancy, With Childbearing

Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog about MAMA South Africa, a program “launched with the support of global partners USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation, the mHealth Alliance, and BabyCenter.” She notes, “In addition, Vodacom…

Polio Resurgence In Syria Could Reinvigorate Global Campaign Against Disease

“As of November 26, WHO has confirmed a polio outbreak with a total of 17 cases caused by wild poliovirus type one in Syria, which had been polio-free since 1999,” a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial states. “At present, polio is endemic in three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan,” the…