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To Overcome Challenges In Africa’s Malaria Response, Focus On Testing, Treatment At Community Level

“Significant investment in malaria research has yielded effective interventions such as insecticide treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) and artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to control the disease, but its burden continues to be felt among the poorest,” George Okello, a research fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and…

Introduced In SOTU By President George W. Bush, PEPFAR Has Saved Millions Of Lives

“The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) exist[s] entirely because of a willing leader, a creative policy team, a smattering of activists and a vast, bleeding need,” columnist Michael Gerson writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. He cites President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, during…

Moving Beyond Condemnation To Actions That Protect Health Workers

“Between December and January, at least 16 polio workers were killed in Pakistan, according to Reuters — and [on Friday], nine female health workers were slain in northern Nigeria, also while working on a polio eradication campaign,” Laura Hoemeke, director of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth, writes in the organization’s “Global…

Gates Foundation Blog Discusses E.U. Budget Deal

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Joe Cerrell, director of the foundation’s Europe office, reports on deliberations by the E.U. on Friday on a “budget deal that would show deep cuts to life-saving aid for the world’s poorest.” He writes, “European governments are facing some very difficult…

Disease Eradication Efforts Set Sights On Polio, Guinea Worm

“It’s not a race, exactly, but there’s an intriguing uncertainty about whether a former U.S. president or a software magnate will cause the next deliberate extinction of a species in the wild. Will Jimmy Carter eradicate Guinea worm before Bill Gates eradicates polio?” Wall Street Journal commentator Matt Ridley asks…

Roots Of FGM Lie In Tribal Culture, Not Religion

“Female genital mutilation has long survived, hidden under the cloak of religious, cultural, and tribal practices, but … as we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), it is time for every leader whether political or religious, whether male or female, to unequivocally stand in…

Chagas Disease Costs $7B Annually Worldwide, According To Study

Chagas disease, transmitted by a bloodsucking insect that bites the face and lips, “costs the world about $7 billion annually, says [an] analysis just published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “That’s more than the global cost of cervical cancer or cholera,” the blog notes, adding, “Most Chagas cases…

Trust In Markets Essential To Creating More Food-Secure World

“Far too often we are seeing national governments overreact [to market fluctuations] to the extent that they are making pledges about and taking measures toward food self-sufficiency,” Emery Koenig, executive vice president and chief risk officer of Cargill, writes in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food For Thought”…

Blogs Discuss India’s National ‘Call To Action For Child Survival And Development’ Summit

“At the forefront of the fight against child mortality and morbidity, India is leading the global community in placing a renewed emphasis on this important mission,” William Hammink, India mission director, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” adding the country’s “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development” summit, taking place this…