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Help ‘Stop The Myth’ On Foreign Aid

Devex: It’s our responsibility to #stopthemyth on foreign aid Joe Cerrell, managing director for global policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One constant refrain about aid that I’ve heard — particularly in more recent years living in Europe — is this: ‘We have to choose between…

Better Data Collection Necessary To Formulate, Evaluate Post-2015 Development Goals

Morning Star: Rethinking The Millennium Development Goals For The World Of Today Sarah Edwards, head of policy and campaigns at Health Poverty Action Noting the release of a new report from Health Poverty Action on the post-2015 development agenda, Edwards writes, “…The report states that current methods of data collection,…

Rotavirus Vaccine Is Critical Component Of ‘Our Collective Anti-Diarrhea Toolkit’

Huffington Post: Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine Marion Roche, technical adviser with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) “…Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents. … The rotavirus vaccine definitely…

Global Fund Support Is Critical To Ending AIDS, TB, Malaria

Huffington Post: Our Shared Responsibility: Ending AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Susan Blumenthal, public health editor for the Huffington Post, and Shaina Vinayek, Allen Rosenfield public policy fellow at amfAR “…[I]n this year of the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day with its theme of ‘Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an…

Increased Family Planning Will Lead To Economic Development

Huffington Post: The Unsung Heroine of Economic Development Suzanne Ehlers, president of Population Action International “…[T]he Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released their annual letter, all about the myths that block progress for the poor. Economic development is a complicated puzzle, and there are no easy solutions. But as the…

‘High Time’ To Eradicate Polio

The Nation: Polio eradication: A true story Tariq Iqbal Bhutta, chair of Pakistan’s National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) “With around 40 years of experience in the field of pediatrics and public health, heading different medical institutions in the country, I feel it is my responsibility to provide a true…

Uganda Can Do More To Lower Mortality Caused By TB, Malaria, AIDS

The Observer: Cheers for halving TB death figures “Uganda has been recognized by the World Health Organization for halving tuberculosis-related deaths down from 9,900 in 1990 to 4,700 in 2012. … However, much more remains to be done. MDG 6 sets out to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other infectious…

Developing Nations Face Double Burden Of Infectious Diseases, Cancer

Forbes: There Is An Urgent Need To Address The ‘Terrible Situation Of Chronic Disease In Developing Countries’ Geoffrey Kabat, an epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine “…The cancer burden in low-resource countries has doubled in the past 25 years and…

Response To Syrian Polio Outbreak Faces Challenges But Is Progressing

The Lancet: Polio in Syria Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for polio and emergencies, and Ala Alwan, director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean “…Fully implementing [a response plan to the polio outbreak in Syria] … has required overcoming immense hurdles to reach every child amid the wreckage…