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Editorials, Opinion Pieces Address Supreme Court’s Ruling Striking Down Anti-Prostitution Pledge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the federal government’s requirement that groups accepting U.S. aid declare their opposition to prostitution. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion (.pdf), with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting, and Justice Elena Kagan was recused. The following editorials…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address WHO Report On Violence Against Women

According to a new report from the WHO, published in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council, 35 percent of women worldwide are victims of sexual or physical violence. The following opinion piece and editorial address the report’s findings. The…

Forbes Interview Examines Link Between Women’s Rights, World Population

Noting the U.N. last week “announced in its ‘World Population Prospects’ report that by 2050, global population will reach 9.6 billion, a 300 million people increase from the 2010 revision,” Forbes contributor Anushay Hossain interviews Suzanne Ehlers, president of Population Action International (PAI), in Forbes’ “World With A View” blog.…

Failed Food Aid Reform Amendment To House Farm Bill ‘A Moral Outrage’

Noting the House this week voted down an amendment to the Farm Bill that would have allowed up to 45 percent of funds in the Food for Peace program to be used for aid other than U.S. commodities, development blogger Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere, “Congress has again preserved American…

India’s National Food Security Bill Will Not Promote Nutrition

“After decades of sponsoring an ineffective child nutrition program, [India’s] Union government is on the verge of launching a National Food Security Bill (NFSB), which undermines India’s fight against malnutrition,” a LiveMint editorial states. “Despite giant strides in reducing both hunger and poverty over the past two decades, India has…

U.S. Food Aid Reform Critical To Keep Program Efficient, Effective

“There has never been a greater need for a comprehensive and sustainable approach to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And in a tough budget climate, we must maximize the effect of our aid dollars. Impact is about efficiency, effectiveness and commitment,” Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, writes in…

Thanks To Germany’s Leadership, Global Fund Closer To Reaching Ambitious Goals

“When Germany and other wealthy nations came together to create the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] a decade ago, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were leading causes of death in developing countries and a major source of poverty,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,…

Time To Ramp Up HPV Vaccination Efforts

The CDC on Wednesday “released some really good news — the prevalence of types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that commonly cause cervical cancer in women has dropped about half in girls aged 14-19 [in the U.S.] since 2006, when the vaccination program started,” CDC Director Tom Frieden writes in the…

Blog Examines Partnership Between U.S., India To Develop Oral Vaccine Against Rotavirus

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, “John Boslego, director of PATH’s Vaccine Development Global Program, writes about an innovative partnership between the United States and India to develop an oral vaccine against rotavirus diarrhea,” according to the blog. Since the vaccine “originated from an…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address Efforts To Reform U.S. Food Aid Program

The following opinion piece and editorial address the Obama administration’s proposal to reform the Food for Peace program, as well as congressional debate over the proposed changes. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), The Hill: “Regrettably, the Food for Peace program, which has its roots in the Eisenhower…