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mHealth ‘Not Yet Living Up To Its Potential’ To Transform Health Care Systems

“mHealth can be defined as medical and public health practices supported by mobile technologies, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices,” Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance, and Sarah Struble, a program associate at the mHealth Alliance, write in…

New Testing Technologies Can Help Fight TB, But New Treatments Needed

“[F]or many low-income populations, [tuberculosis (TB)] is nothing less than a modern-day public health emergency,” and “[t]o make things worse, many of these patients [a]re living with HIV,” U.N. Under-Secretary General and UNITAID Chair Philippe Douste-Blazy writes in a Huffington Post “Impact” blog opinion piece. “There is hope though, and a new piece of…

More Action Needed To Fight TB, As Drug Resistance Spreading

“As we mark World [Tuberculosis (TB)] Day on Sunday March 24, there can be no denying that TB, fueled by drug resistance, continues to pose a serious global health threat — one that must be urgently addressed,” John Lechleiter, chair, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and chair…

U.S. Foreign Aid System Needs ‘Overhaul’ To Better Foster Development

“In practice, the foreign aid system, and in particular, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), work very well in accomplishing what Washington politicians want them to do,” Charles Kenny, a fellow at the Center for Global Development and the New America Foundation, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Small World” blog.…

HIV Treatment Should Be Started Earlier For Most, But Challenges Remain

Noting “French researchers have identified 14 adults” who appear to have been functionally cured of HIV after beginning treatment “within a couple of months of infection” and continuing treatment “for one to seven and a half years” before stopping, a New York Times editorial writes, “The researchers estimate that as many as 15 percent…

Opinion Pieces Address U.N. CSW Declaration

The U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Friday adopted a declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls, despite pushback from some conservative Muslim countries and the Vatican during negotiations. The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the document. Jill Filipovic, The Guardian’s “Comment…

Philippines Government Must Support Reproductive Health Law

“Women in the Philippines have lacked autonomy over their bodies for decades. The overwhelming political power of the country’s Catholic church leaders — and the government’s acquiescence to many of their demands — has resulted in reproductive health care restrictions so severe they amount to human rights violations,” Melissa Upreti,…

Strong Leadership, Sustained Funding Necessary For Global Health Successes

“The ongoing budget negotiations in Washington will require many hard choices to be made in the coming weeks,” and “[w]ith respect to global health programs, these decisions may mean, literally, the difference between life and death,” Peter Chernin — chair and CEO of the Chernin Group, chair of Malaria No…

mHealth Programs Must Measure Health Outcomes

“Since a lot of health revolves around information, public health experts had high expectations for the mobile phone,” author and columnist Tina Rosenberg writes in the New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog, adding, “But roughly a decade after the start of mHealth, as the mobile health field has come to be…