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TB Diagnostic Technology Advances But Unattainable In Low-Income Settings

New York Times: Advancing TB Test Technology, Where It Matters Most Jens Erik Gould, correspondent “…Hailed as the most significant advance in TB research in decades, [an] automated molecular technology called GeneXpert is more accurate and yields much faster results than traditional diagnosis methods, like smear microscopy, a basic test…

U.S. Global Health, Development Programs Create ‘Hope, Opportunity, And Stability’

Devex: Wisely spent, foreign aid saves lives Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) “…The United States plays an indispensable role in formulating global health and development strategies, forging coordination among governments, and responding to natural and man-made disasters. What few Americans may realize is that we do this, and more, with less…

Leadership Vital To Ensuring Global Health Security

The Lancet: MERS — the latest threat to global health security Editorial Board “…With new cases of Ebola still occurring in West Africa, frequent influenza epidemics worldwide, MERS (and previously SARS) adds to the infectious disease threat to global health security. As David Hui and colleagues call for in The…

World Leaders Must Commit To Ending Preventable Child, Maternal Deaths

Huffington Post: World Leaders Must Continue to Act to End Preventable Deaths Mark Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network “…I commend President Obama and other G7 leaders for their political leadership and sending a clear signal by making several vital commitments, including on maternal, newborn, and child…

Iraq’s Health, Humanitarian Crises Need Attention From International Community

The Lancet: Iraq’s neglected health and humanitarian crisis Editorial Board “…Iraq’s health and humanitarian crisis results from decades of war and occupation, most recently the take over of territory by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the counter-insurgency launch by the government and its allied forces.…

NEJM Perspective Piece Examines TPP’s Potential Impact On Health Policy Issues

New England Journal of Medicine: The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Is It Bad for Your Health? Amy Kapczynski, professor of law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership “International trade deals once focused primarily on tariffs. As a result, they had little direct effect on…

Congress Must Not Forget TB In Debating U.S. Global Health Programs

The Hill: TB: The forgotten global health threat Eric P. Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis “As congressional committees debate the future of critical global health programs, they must not forget an all too neglected global health threat — tuberculosis (TB). … TB interventions are cost effective and…

Action Must Be Taken To End ‘Negative Aspects’ Of Girl Child Initiation Ceremonies

The Guardian: Child marriage: we must urge action to stop girls’ initiation rites Persilia Muianga, World Vision senior child protection manager “At a recent international conference in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, a light was shed on to the practice of initiation ceremonies in which girls as young as eight…

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