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Learning From PEPFAR’s Investment In HIV Treatment

New York Times: Letters to the Editor: Strategies to Fight HIV Eran Bendavid, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University “The article ‘U.S. Push for Abstinence in Africa Is Seen as Failure Against HIV’ (Feb. 27) suggests that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) dismissed invitations to perform…

U.S. Food Aid Reform Could Save Millions More Lives

Roll Call: Cooking Up Food Aid Reform Tom Colicchio, chef and food activist “…[U.S.] food aid law actually ties the hands of humanitarians responding to crises from buying food locally or regionally. They have to put an order into Washington and wait. And wait. But it doesn’t have to be…

Middle East’s Gulf States, Donors Well-Positioned To Help Improve Global Health

Arabian Business: Bill Gates: Why I’m betting on the Gulf to help fight extreme poverty and disease Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I saw the Middle East’s role in global health first-hand in late January, at a conference in Berlin dedicated to providing life-saving vaccines…

Better Coordination, Adequate Resources Needed To Accelerate Progress Against Malnutrition

Inter Press Service: Opinion: The World Sees Progress Against Undernutrition, but it’s Uneven Jomo Kwame Sundaram, coordinator for economic and social development at the Food and Agriculture Organization “…Overall progress [against malnutrition] has been highly uneven. … In countries where low undernourishment coexists with high malnutrition, specially designed nutrition-enhancing interventions…

Aid Organizations Must Heed Mental Health Of Their Workers

New York Times: A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers Rosalie Hughes, freelance journalist and former employee of the U.N. refugee agency and other relief organizations “…Rates of clinical depression among aid workers are double those of American adults. … Yet mental health support for the estimated 250,000 humanitarian workers…

U.S. Trade Policies Threaten To Undermine Successful Global Health Programs

The Hill: U.S. trade policy could raise drug prices, at home and abroad Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines program “…[With the creation of PEPFAR, t]he United States put public health needs ahead of pharmaceutical industry profits and made a transformative…

Passage Of ‘Innovation Act’ By Congress Would Harm Drug Development

Roll Call: The Wrong Direction on Patents Todd E. Gillenwater, senior vice president of Public Policy at the California Healthcare Institute “…Poorly conceived and hastily written legislation can stunt innovation, harm the economy, and even cost lives. Unfortunately, this is the case with the recently reintroduced Innovation Act (H.R. 9).…

Challenges Face New USAID Administrator, But Better Data Available To Inform Decisions

Devex: Answering the next great challenges in international development Aaron Williams, executive vice president of the International Development Group at RTI International “U.S. foreign assistance programs help developing nations improve the health, education, and economic conditions of their citizens, and in so doing build a more prosperous and secure world.…

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