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To Meet TB Treatment Goals, Latent TB Cases Must Be Diagnosed

“If everyone in the world were tested for latent infection with tuberculosis (a status that predisposes people to develop active disease) today, at least one billion people would be positive,” Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “From the World…

‘Remarkable Alignment’ Of PEPFAR, Global Fund Efforts Is Reason For Continued Support

Recent global health events — including the release of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation (.pdf), the launch of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model, and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evaluation of PEPFAR — “mak[e] it clear; it is a time of transformation for global health,”…

More Information Needed About New Strain Of Bird Flu In China

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, recounts recent events in China, including the discovery of hundreds of dead pigs, ducks, and geese in rivers and the diagnosis of several human cases of a new strain of avian influenza,…

NTDs Have ‘Devastating Consquences’ For 1 Out Of 6 People Worldwide

“There are so many things we take for granted in America. One of them is that our children are not regularly infected by one of the tropical diseases so common among the world’s poorest people,” Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, writes in an ABC News opinion…

Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…

‘Innovative’ Awareness Campaigns On Maternal Health Will Push Progress In Ghana

Despite international praise for Ghana’s successful economic growth and its “reputation as a beacon of democracy in Africa,” “4,000 women die every year and over 200,000 are disabled due to pregnancy-related complications,” Kwesi Owusu, executive producer of the Maternal Health Channel television series, writes in a CNN opinion piece. “So how…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Address Global Health

“A proliferation of complex challenges to development, such as political conflict, economic austerity, and environmental degradation, all demand attention, but should not deflect from recognizing that good health is central to advancing global prosperity,” GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and…

Global Community Failing To Address Health Inequalities

“The goal of the WHO — amplified … in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — is to ensure the attainment by the entire world’s people of the highest possible level of health,” Calum Macpherson, director and vice president of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, writes in a…

Investment In Women’s Health Important For Global Development

“Throughout my tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the Committee on Appropriations, I have had the opportunity to help shape U.S. development assistance. And I am proud of the United States’ leadership in providing support and funding for critical global health initiatives that both save lives and…

Preventing 4.4M Child Deaths In Next 1,000 Days Is Possible

“To reach the goal of decreasing deaths of children who have not yet reached their fifth birthday to four million in 2015, we estimate that 4.4 million children’s deaths must be averted in the next 1,000 days,” U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers writes in the Huffington Post’s “The…