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Government R&D Funding Invaluable To Finding Disease Cures

Washington Post: Eradication of hepatitis C on the horizon Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post columnist “It’s an easy and reliable applause line for budget cutters to find some basic medical research and complain that it’s a complete waste of money, especially if those dollars are put up by taxpayers, as they…

IPPF Campaign Urges Public Support For Access To Reproductive Health Services

EurActiv: Why sexual and reproductive rights can’t be taken for granted Michael Cashman, Labour member of the European Parliament “…The organizers of ‘One Of Us’ argue that they believe in human dignity. But they are calling for the E.U. to halt all funding to NGOs which provide maternal health services,…

Minimize Antibiotic Overuse, Develop New Antibiotics To Address Drug Resistance

New York Times: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance “…The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that in ever more cases, standard treatments no longer work, infections are harder or impossible to control, the risk of spreading infections to others is increased, and illnesses and hospital stays are prolonged. … The most…

Without New Diagnostics, NTDs Will Remain Neglected

Financial Times: Neglected tropical diseases look set to remain that way Mark Kessel, chair of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) “…Take for example the pledge made in the London Declaration for Neglected Tropical Diseases to bring under control or eliminate by 2020 10 NTDs that plague the developing…

Destroying Smallpox Stockpiles ‘Is A Terrible Idea’

Forbes: Why We Should Never Completely Destroy Smallpox Alex Berezow, Forbes contributor “This month, the World Health Assembly (WHA) will once again debate the future of smallpox virus. … According to an op-ed written in PLoS Pathogens, decision makers are leaning toward destroying the stockpiles and ending research. This is…

Militants Complicating Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Efforts

The Economist: Polio in Pakistan: Pariah state Pakistan’s “national polio coordinator, Ayesha Raza Farooq, is attempting to make progress [against polio despite militant attacks]. She says the government is now working on ‘firewalling’ the tribal areas, with checkpoints where children crossing into the rest of Pakistan can be vaccinated. Still,…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Polio As Global Health Emergency

The following opinion pieces and editorials address the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency and efforts to eradicate the disease. The Guardian: Polio: a case for real alarm Sarah Boseley, Guardian health editor “…The only real way to finish polio will eventually be to rid the endemic…

CDC Launches Initiative Targeting Neglected Parasitic Diseases In U.S.

Huffington Post: The CDC’s New Initiative on Parasitic Infections Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new initiative that targets parasitic diseases in the United States. Coinciding with the publication of a series of…

Debate Remains Over Whether SDGs Can ‘Push Development Forward’

New York Times: At the U.N., a Free-for-All on Setting Global Goals Eduardo Porter, New York Times columnist “…[F]or all the good intentions, the breathtakingly ambitious enterprise [of international agreement on post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals] might have a hard time overcoming not just the narrower priorities of the world’s nation-states…