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New Pope Should Consider ‘Hidden Burden’ Of NTDs

“Almost certainly, in its deliberations [to select a new Pope,] the conclave of cardinals will consider a number of difficult and well-publicized problems now facing the Catholic Church,” Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, writes in the journal’s “Speaking of Medicine” blog. “However, one issue I…

Examining The Global Fund’s New Funding Model

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an interview with Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in which she discusses the Global Fund’s new funding model. Derrick says, “[T]he new funding model encourages countries — and their health experts…

Thanking Japan For Its Commitment To The Global Fund

In a post in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s blog, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul notes “[t]he contribution Japan made in 2012 was the highest annual amount that the country had made in 10 years of remarkable support to the fight against HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and…

Global CEOs Should Sign U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles

In an opinion piece in Forbes’ “Leadership” blog, contributor Davia Temin highlights International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, writing, “There has been so much talk, but so little action — around women’s leadership, gender equality, and curtailing violence against women. This year, however, efforts seem to be more serious.”…

Objections To Sexual, Reproductive Rights Language In CSW Agreement Are ‘Misguided’

“[W]hile sitting through events, debates and discussions in New York [at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting], my recurring thought was why, in 2013, are we still arguing over whether women should have ownership of their own bodies?” Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Guardian’s global development website,…

Examining The Need For Better Data, Policy, Services To Prevent GBV

“This past week I traveled to India and Burma to meet with leaders of the private sector, civil society, and government who are charting their nations’ bright and prosperous futures,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah reports in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” Highlighting the observance of International Women’s Day on Friday, he writes,…

Many Challenges Exist To Delivering Proven Interventions For Preventing Pediatric HIV Infections

Last week’s “scientific report on the ‘functional cure’ of an HIV-infected infant has set the world’s media ablaze with discussion and speculation,” Randal Kuhn, director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Benjamin Young, chief medical officer of the International Association…

Listen To Women’s Needs When Designing HIV Prevention Strategies

According to “results from a large HIV prevention trial among African women” known as VOICE and released last week, “none of the prevention methods tested in the study made a difference in HIV infection rates, because few women actually used them as directed,” AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren writes in an…

Blog Reports On Case Of ‘U.N. Cholera Denial’ In Zimbabwe

“There is understandable outrage over the United Nation’s reaction to its role in first creating and then denying responsibility for Haiti’s cholera outbreak in 2010 that killed 8,000 people,” Todd Moss, vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Health Policy”…

International Community Should ‘Strengthen And Sustain’ Efforts To Prevent GBV, HIV

Noting the ongoing 57th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and International Women’s Day, recognized today, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and head of the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé write in the Huffington Post’s “Global…