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U.S., Rest Of World Can Learn From Rwanda’s Success In Developing Its Health System

“Amidst the barrage of stories about failing states and civil wars that characterize the dour American media coverage of the developing world, the reinvention of Rwanda offers hope,” Chicago-based writer Neal Emery states in an opinion piece in the Atlantic, adding, “Over the last 10 years, Rwanda’s health system development has…

Evolution Of PEPFAR Necessary For Continued Success

PEPFAR has “met or even surpassed most” of its “bold goals,” including “saving the lives of millions of people; supporting the scale-up of HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and strengthening systems and policies for the HIV response,” Robert Black of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health writes in…

With Financial Commitment, Obama Can Add ‘End Of AIDS’ To His Legacy

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama stated with confidence that the promise of an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown Desmond Tutu writes in a USA Today opinion piece, adding, “We currently possess the power to begin to end a global pandemic that has killed…

Opinion Pieces Address Save The Children Breastfeeding Report

Save the Children on Monday released a report (.pdf) examining “[t]he four major barriers that prevent mothers from breastfeeding” — community and cultural pressures, the shortage of health workers, a lack of maternity legislation, and inappropriate promotion of breast-milk substitutes.” According to the report summary, “a series of recommendations — to governments, international…

Working Toward Polio Eradication In 2018

“Since the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s, no other diseases have followed suit; the goal that has come closest so far is eradication of polio,” a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial states, noting that in 2012 only about 250 people were infected with polio worldwide. However, the recent murders of polio…

U.S. Should Provide Additional Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“As Syria burns, Washington has begun a debate over the supply of humanitarian assistance to the millions displaced, injured or penniless from civil war,” Morton Abramowitz, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and a former ambassador to Turkey, writes in an opinion piece in The Atlantic. He summarizes differing…

Same ‘Bipartisan Energy’ Surrounding PEPFAR Needed To Combat Maternal Mortality

Erin Thornton, executive director of Every Mother Counts, recalls her memories of President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union announcement of PEPFAR in a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece. “[T]hat night, we set out on a path to overcome that fear and take action,” she writes, adding, “Ten…

AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Reach But Only With Fully-Funded Global Fund

In the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, ACTION Director Kolleen Bouchane highlights President Barack Obama’s mention of global development and global health in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades, by connecting more people…