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Education, Family Planning Critical To Future of Women, Girls

“As first ladies from around the world, including Michelle Obama, gather in Tanzania on Tuesday to talk about women’s empowerment, it’s crucial that both education and contraception are addressed,” Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of Population Action International, and Halima Shariff, director of Advance Family Planning Tanzania, write in GlobalPost’s…

Examining Global Burden Of Disease 2010 Estimates

In a PLOS Medicine essay, researchers from Sweden, South Africa, Denmark, the U.K., Jamaica, Ghana and Vietnam “present a range of reflections on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 estimates, highlighting their strengths as well as challenges for potential users,” the summary states. “The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation…

Volunteerism Can Be ‘An Integral Part Of Universal Health Coverage’

“Expanding volunteerism is one part of the solution to help improve global health investments and ensure equitable access to health,” Matthias Schmale, under-secretary general at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “But there is often vocal criticism…

International Cooperation, Action Necessary To End Violence Against Women

Noting several different U.N. actions taken recently condemning violence against women, including a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted last week “devoted to the issue of sexual violence in armed conflict,” Lakshmi Puri, acting head of U.N. Women and U.N. assistant secretary general, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” that…

Partnerships Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

Citing President Obama’s trip to Africa, including a visit to South Africa, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in a CNN opinion piece, “[A]s President Obama makes this historic trip to Africa, we are at a…

Continued Investment In Polio Eradication Has ‘Never Been More Critical’

“As I read the final communiqué from the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Ireland, I was struck by the virtual silence on global health and development,” Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada, writes in a Thomas Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “This absence is especially unfortunate given that one of…

International Community Must Step Up Humanitarian Response To Crisis In Syria

“The health and humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria is being severely hampered by a lack of coordination and insufficient funding,” public health doctors Adam Coutts and Fouad Fouad write in a Lancet opinion piece. They provide several statistics about the crisis, noting that, across the country, “seven million…