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Prisoners In Cambodia Should Receive Drug Use Treatment To Help Prevent HIV Infections

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Aphyra Chheav, a member of the Key Correspondents program, advocates that prisoners in Cambodia should have access to treatment for illicit drug use. “…One motivation to provide better drug treatment for prisoners relates to the global ambition to prevent new…

Developing Countries Need Strategies To Improve Science-Led Policy Development

SciDev.Net: Turning scientific consensus into development policy Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, former minister of science and technology development of Zimbabwe “Developing nations need a framework to bolster development plans through relevant research, says Heneri Dzinotyiweyi. … There is a need to evolve mechanisms that ensure that scientific consensus gets realized through appropriate…

Sustained Peace In South Sudan Critical For Guinea Worm Eradication

Huffington Post: The World’s Youngest Country and a Very Old Disease: South Sudan Proves Guinea Worm Can Be Defeated With Return to Peace Donald Hopkins, vice president for health programs at the Carter Center “…[T]his past year, the [South Sudanese] national program reported a 99 percent reduction in [Guinea worm]…

Grand Convergence ‘Provides Opportunity For Unity’ In Global Health

The Lancet: Grand convergence: a future sustainable development goal? “…Here is the case for grand convergence as a [sustainable development goal (SDG)]. A paralyzing weakness in the global health community is the rivalry between diseases. The ‘my disease is more important than your disease’ culture dissipates energy that should be…

PEPFAR Should ‘Become A Leader In Transparency’

Lancet Global Health: Governance and transparency at PEPFAR Matthew Kavanagh of the University of Pennsylvania and Health GAP and Brook Baker of Northeastern University School of Law and Health GAP “The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programs in…

U.S. Can Help End Rape By Passing International Violence Against Women Act

New York Times: How Brave Girls Helped Crack a Taboo Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…Rapes happen partly because women and girls are devalued and blamed. … Yet there is hope. Rape thrives when it is a taboo — considered too indelicate to discuss. Now more and more women…

Canada Can Help Save A Generation Of Syrian Children

Huffington Post Canada: An Investment Today Could Save a Generation of Syrian Children David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada; Patricia Erb, president and CEO of Save the Children Canada; and Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada “Can the Government of Canada champion the children of Syria and…

Nations Must Employ Multiple Tactics To Eliminate Polio By 2018

New York Times: Eradicating Polio Everywhere “It has been three years since the last new case of polio was reported in India. The country can now be declared polio-free. India’s victory is an important milestone in the global effort to eliminate polio. … But the viral disease remains a threat.…

NTD Treatment, Prevention Will Accelerate Global Poverty Reduction

The Guardian: NTDs: treatment could lift one in six people out of poverty Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “A global effort is now underway to make sure that access to medicine and other interventions will be possible for the one in six people…

PEPFAR Pledges Support For ‘Saving Mothers, Giving Life’

Huffington Post: Saving Mothers, Giving Life: New Year, New Results for Maternal Health Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting U.S global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa…