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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…

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…