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U.S. TB Funding Should Reflect Global Threat Posed By Drug-Resistant Strains

New York Times: Losing the Fight Against Tuberculosis Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “…Americans can no longer afford to be indifferent to the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis. … At least in the short term, poor countries need the specialized expertise only America can provide. When the president’s budget requests for the…

Providing Basic Public Health Measures Will Save More Lives Than Fighting Terrorism

Bloomberg Businessweek: Fighting Disease, Not Terrorism, Will Save More Lives in 2015 Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…If we dealt with the major causes of tragically early death with the same urgency we devote to combating terrorism, we could see even more progress in 2015…

‘Basic Health Care For All’ Achievable, Even In Poorer Nations

The Guardian: Universal health care: the affordable dream Amartya Sen, professor at Harvard University and a Nobel prize-winning economist “…[A] number of poor countries have shown, through their pioneering public policies, that basic health care for all can be provided at a remarkably good level at very low cost if…

Obama Should Nominate Influential Development, Health Leader To Head USAID

The Hill: Think big on USAID administrator Richard Lugar, former Republican Senator from Indiana “…From the recent Ebola outbreaks, to the instability caused by chronic hunger, to terrorist recruitment fueled by crushing poverty, the United States has a deep interest in being a leader on development issues. The President should…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Examine Efforts To Contain Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa Editorial Board “…[O]ver the past decade, there have been four major outbreaks of infectious disease caused by a virus: severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS; swine flu; Middle East respiratory syndrome; and now Ebola. Each has taken populations by surprise.…

Violence Against Women Should Be Treated As Global ‘Public Health Crisis’

Washington Post: How to cure the pandemic that women face Mary Ellsberg, director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University “When violence is inflicted upon women and girls, we rightly think of it as a crime and a tragedy. But we should also recognize it for what it…

India Needs Real Reform To Address High Suicide Rate, Mental Health ‘Crisis’

New York Times: India’s Mental Health Crisis Editorial Board “On Oct. 10, the government of India announced an ambitious new policy to provide universal mental health services. … India has the highest number of suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000 suicides recorded worldwide in…

U.S., Other Donors Should Fully Fund Gavi

Washington Post: A global conspiracy of health Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…[O]ne little-known global institution based in Geneva — Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — supports vaccination for nearly 60 percent of the world’s children. It is a global conspiracy of health. … The Obama administration and other governments are in…

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