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‘Power Africa’ Initiative Holds Promise, But Obama Must Follow Through

“President Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity,” a New York…

Gates Blog Examines Implications Of Global Enteric Multicenter Study

“[A] lack of any local epidemiological evidence about what actually causes diarrheal diseases and the impact they have on young children limit[s] the ability of public health officials, researchers, caretakers and parents to protect children from this devastating scourge,” Thomas Brewer, a deputy director on the Bill & Melinda Gates…

Science, Engineering Education Important For Public Health Capacity

“The path to development in all geographies goes through higher education. In particular, sustainable development in meeting the public health challenges relies heavily on reliable local capacity of doctors, nurses and public health professionals,” Muhammad Zaman, director of the Laboratory of Engineering Education and Development at Boston University, writes in…

Canada Should Continue To ‘Lead By Example’ On TB Funding

“Over the course of our history as a donor country, Canada has always shown that the best way to attack a disease is from all sides, recognizing that there are a number of mechanisms that need to contribute to the overall process to achieve success,” Meaghan Derynck, a project officer…

Clinic In Niger Helping To Heal Physical, Mental Scars Left By Obstetric Fistula

In opinion pieces published on Saturday in the New York Times, columnist Nick Kristof and Erin Luhmann, the winner of Kristof’s annual “Win-A-Trip” contest, discuss obstetric fistula and the experience of Hadiza Soulaye, who received treatment for the condition at the Danja Fistula Center in Danja, Niger. In his column,…

NTD Community Slow To Engage In Evidence-Informed Policy

“We are concerned that the neglected tropical disease (NTD) academic community has been slow to engage in evidence-informed policy and debate, and may be falling behind international best practice,” Sukrti Nagpal of the Royal Surrey County Hospital in the United Kingdom, and David Sinclair and Paul Garner of the Liverpool…