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Governments, NGOs Must Account For TB Funding, Measure Programmatic Impacts

Huffington Post: Where Has All the Money Gone for Fighting Tuberculosis? Shelly Batra, founder and president of Operation ASHA “…Huge amounts of funds have been poured into a bottomless pit [in the name of TB elimination]. … This funding should have led to better outcomes, i.e. improved case detection and…

USAID, PEPFAR Committed To Improving Health Systems To Deliver VMMC Services

Huffington Post: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID Noting a new collection of studies on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) “published by the PLOS Collection and funded by [PEPFAR] through [USAID] and the Bill & Melinda…

‘Vigorous Vaccination Efforts’ Needed To Stop Polio’s Spread

New York Times: The Global Polio Threat, Back Again “…Only two infectious diseases have ever been eradicated — smallpox and rinderpest, a viral cattle disease — but there were expectations that polio would soon join them. That hope dimmed this year when three countries where the polio virus was thought…

Aid To Middle-Income Countries ‘Can Be Transformational’

The Guardian: Europe’s aid experience shows the value of supporting middle-income countries Jonathan Glennie, research associate at the Overseas Development Institute and the Centro De Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei), and Gail Hurley, development finance policy specialist at UNDP “How long should countries continue to receive international aid? With the majority…

Yemen Should Approve Child Rights Act Banning Child Marriage, FGM

The Guardian: Yemen law on child brides and FGM offers hope of wider progress Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East and North African consultant with Equality Now “Yemen is poised to vote on a comprehensive Child Rights Act over the coming months, which would ban child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).…

U.S. Government Views Global Health Security As ‘Top Priority’

CNN: Why global health security matters to U.S. CDC Director Tom Frieden and Andy Weber, assistant secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Writing about the first meeting on the world’s Global Health Security Agenda, the authors conclude, “…Global health security is an essential investment for the…

World Must Take Action On Antibiotic Resistance

Washington Post: Time is short to address antibiotic resistance “The World Health Organization came out last week with a warning that resistance to antibiotics has become a ‘major threat to public health.’ … Given the rapid movement of goods and people, a problem for one nation is a problem for…

Silo-Based Approach To Development Will Undermine Food Security, Nutrition Goals

The Guardian: People first: green goals should not override ending hunger Shenggen Fan, director general at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Continuing a silo-based approach to sustainable development will undermine the food security and nutrition of poor people and vulnerable groups. … The post-2015 development agenda must work to…

Foreign Aid Can Help Prevent Global Spread Of Diseases Like Ebola

Detroit Free Press: Why Ebola isn’t just Africa’s problem Utibe Effiong, a Nigerian physician, research associate at the University of Michigan, and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute “…[P]eople — and their infections — are not bound by borders. To those who claim we can’t afford foreign aid,…