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Focus On Economic Agenda Important For Africa To Meet MDGs

Sudan Vision: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Are the Priorities for Africa? Alula Berhe Kidani, sustainable development advocate “As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of…

Australia Stands With S. Africa In Defense Of TRIPS Flexibilities

Huffington Post: Unlikely Allies Sandeep Kishore, chair of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, and Kavitha Kolappa, a psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General/McLean Program “The recent Executive Board proceedings of the World Health Organization (January 20-25, 2014) provided new ground for unlikely allies South Africa and…

Contraception Access For Adolescent Girls Is Critical To Achieve MDG5

The Guardian: Progress review: contraception use among adolescent girls Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, adolescent health and development coordinator at the WHO, and Karlien Braet, WHO intern “Empowering adolescent girls to access and use contraception is a global public health priority. High unmet need for contraception translates into high numbers of unintended pregnancies,…

Maintaining Health Gains In Afghanistan Must Be Aim Of Drawdown Agreements

Foreign Policy: The Taliban Are Winning The War On Polio Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, and Maxine Builder, research associate, at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week’s tragic reappearance of polio in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after 13 years, poses serious questions about the future of health…

Look To Global HIV Treatment Successes For Lessons On Hepatitis C

Washington Post: The global AIDS response can help in fighting hepatitis C Paul Farmer, a professor at Harvard University, an infectious disease physician with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a co-founder of Partners in Health “…Smart investments in accurate diagnosis and in effective therapy for hepatitis C…

Humanitarian Resolution In Syria Must Be Reached To Save Civilians

The Guardian: Syria: save the civilians “…If humanitarian access could be extended to other cities and towns [in Syria other than Homs], we might be able to speak of a real improvement at a time when, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the pro-opposition monitoring group, Syrians are…

Public Support For U.S. Foreign Aid ‘Near A Historic Low’

GlobalPost’s “The Unraveler”: U.S. foreign aid is shrinking and Americans don’t care Michael Moran, foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost “As the White House puts finishing touches on its budget plan for 2015, most of the attention is focusing on domestic issues. … but something’s absent from the national conversation: foreign…

Global Health Security Is A U.S. National Priority

The following opinion pieces address the U.S. government’s new Global Health Security Agenda. CNN: Why global health security is a national priority Secretary of State John Kerry, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the U.S. president for homeland security and counterterrorism “…Infectious diseases — whether naturally occurring,…

India’s Supreme Court Can Help Country Prioritize Pollution Reduction

New York Times: India’s Air Pollution Emergency “…More people die of asthma in India than anywhere else in the world. Indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking fires, and outdoor air pollution are the third and fifth leading causes of death in India. … The best hope for reining in air…