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USAID Reform Is Moving In Right Direction

Noting USAID on Wednesday released USAID Forward, “a progress report on its three-year-old reform effort … which in the words of Administrator Rajiv Shah has the ultimate goal of putting ‘ourselves out of business,'” Bill Lane, the director of International Governmental Affairs for Caterpillar, and Carolyn Miles, president and CEO…

Integration Of TB/HIV Services Necessary To Beat ‘Twin Epidemics’

Swaziland “is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB),” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post “Healthy Living” blog. “Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also living with HIV, and TB is the leading cause of death among people with…

Additional Resources Needed To Stave Off TB Resurgence

The release of new data by the CDC “showing that the number of people contracting tuberculosis in the U.S. has been declining for 20 years … should be good news,” but “as a physician and adviser working to control TB for more than 40 years, I’m more concerned than ever before about our…

Focused Approach Needed To End TB

Addressing the question of whether the international community can eliminate tuberculosis, Arundhati Maitra and Sanjib Bhakta of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of London write in an opinion piece in the AlertNet News Blog, “With an estimated 8.7 million reported cases and 1.4 million deaths due to…

U.N. Must Uphold ‘Moral Obligations’ In Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Noting the “aid group Doctors Without Borders said [on March 12] that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies,” a New York Times editorial states, “The dreadful backdrop to this emergency is an abdication…

Governments’ Attention To Health Policy Can Promote Dignity, Freedom

In a Lancet opinion piece, the journal’s editor-in-chief Richard Horton writes about “[w]hy governments should take health more seriously,” stating, “The purpose of government is to uphold the dignity of its people. … The task of government is, as far as it can (given available resources), to enable the different…

To Stop Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV, Focus On Safe Breastfeeding Strategies

“There is great hope that we can finally stop infants from getting infected with HIV by their mothers. But first, countries with high rates of HIV infection must work out how to deliver reliable health programs to protect babies form their mothers’ infected breastmilk,” Pierre Barker, senior vice president of…

Opinion Pieces Recognize World Water Day 2013

World Water Day is recognized on March 22 to raise awareness of water and sanitation issues worldwide. This year also marks the International Year of Water Cooperation, according to the World Water Day website (3/22). The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding access to safe water and sanitation services. Barbara Frost,…

Women, Girls Around The World At Risk From Inefficient Cookstoves

“For mothers around the world, preparing the family meal is a daily ritual and an act of love. But it’s also a grave risk for approximately three billion people who cook with open fires and inefficient stoves that burn solid fuels such as wood, animal and agricultural waste, and coal,”…

Male Circumcision A ‘Staggeringly Under-Utilized Tool’

“PrePex, the new nonsurgical circumcision tool experts believe could revolutionize the prevention of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, is easier to assemble than a toy you might find in a Happy Meal,” freelance journalist Patrick Adams writes in the New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog. “Recent studies in Rwanda indicate…