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China’s New First Lady Has Ability To Influence Public Health Activism

In an opinion piece published on contextChina, Robert O’Brien, a PhD candidate in international relations at the University of Oxford, examines how China’s new first lady, acclaimed folk singer Peng Liyuan, might influence public health activism in the country. “While Peng is not likely to wield the sort of power held…

Opinion Pieces Address Violence Against Women

Several opinion pieces have been published in recognition of One Billion Rising, a global campaign calling for an end to violence against women and gender equality. The following summarize some of those pieces. Ana Lukatela, Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network”: Lukatela, U.N. Women’s peace and security section program specialist, highlights recent…

Blogs Examine Root Causes, Implications Of Myths About Polio Vaccination

Citing a review by Telegraph correspondent Rob Crilly criticizing the film Zero Dark Thirty “for getting its facts wrong about the CIA vaccination campaign that sought to confirm the DNA of [Osama] bin Laden’s children,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in the Humanosphere blog, “Crilly’s larger point is to say that the film…

Blogs Address IHME Report On Global Health Funding

“Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released ‘Financing for Global Health: The End of the Golden Era?,’ its fourth annual report analyzing trends in Development Assistance for Health (DAH) from 1990 through 2009, with estimates through 2011,” the Maternal Health Task Force blog reports, noting, “One of the areas where…

Blog Examines Future Of European Union Aid

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Elisa Baldini, an advocacy and campaigns officer with Plan E.U., examines the future of European Union aid, writing, “Last week, European Union leaders came together for a decisive summit to discuss how much they think the E.U. should spend…

USAID Blog Reports On India’s Call To Action Summit For Child Survival, Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, provides an overview of India’s “Call to Action Summit for Child Survival and Development,” which took place last week, writing, “Led by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Summit called for an accelerated response to…

Women Raped In War Need Access To Safe Abortion

“While there is welcome attention focused on the plight of women and girls raped in war, there are still significant gaps in the international response to this global scourge,” Glenys Kinnock, founder and president of One World Action and a board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, writes…

Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…

To Overcome Challenges In Africa’s Malaria Response, Focus On Testing, Treatment At Community Level

“Significant investment in malaria research has yielded effective interventions such as insecticide treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) and artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to control the disease, but its burden continues to be felt among the poorest,” George Okello, a research fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and…

Introduced In SOTU By President George W. Bush, PEPFAR Has Saved Millions Of Lives

“The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) exist[s] entirely because of a willing leader, a creative policy team, a smattering of activists and a vast, bleeding need,” columnist Michael Gerson writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. He cites President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, during…