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Congress Should Reconsider Budget Cuts For Biomedical Research

“Besides the prospect of a government shutdown or a default on the national debt, the most destructive aspect of the federal budget impasse is the sequester’s damage to basic scientific research, especially biomedical research,” Roll Call columnist Morton Kondracke writes in the news service’s “Beltway Insiders” blog. “The sequester demand[ed]…

U.K. Should ‘Seize The Moment’ And Increase Donation To Global Fund

British Secretary of State for Development Justine Greening, along with Prime Minister David Cameron, “faces one of the most important decisions she will make as secretary of state: how much to allocate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Adrian Lovett, Europe director of ONE, writes in…

Countries Must Work Together To Defeat AIDS, TB And Malaria

“Liberia and Sweden might seem to be worlds apart. But in today’s interconnected world, the challenge of defeating poverty, gender inequality and infectious diseases is truly part of a single universal aspiration,” Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlson write in the Huffington Post’s…

Community Health Workers Key To Reaching Zero New HIV Infections Among Children

“During the upcoming meeting of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and the private sector should take an important step toward reaching the goal of zero new HIV infections among children,” because after decades of work, this goal can be reached “within the short…

Letters To Editor Respond To NYT Editorial On Global Health MDGs

The New York Times on Monday published two letters to the editor written in response to a September 11 New York Times editorial. The editorial stated, “International health programs have greatly reduced death and sickness worldwide over the past two decades but there is still a long way to go,”…

Lower Number Of Child Deaths Should Be Celebrated, But More Needs To Be Done

UNICEF, the World Bank and the WHO on Friday released a new report (.pdf) showing that the number of early childhood deaths worldwide has decreased by half since 1990, but approximately 18,000 children under age five continue to die daily. The following opinion pieces address the report and its implications. Melinda…

Opinion Pieces Address U.N.-Supported Survey On Rape, Violence Against Women

The Lancet Global Health on September 10 published a U.N.-backed report examining rape and sexual violence against women in six Asia-Pacific countries. The report showed that of 10,000 men surveyed in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka, nearly one-quarter admit to committing rape, often against their…

Fathers’ Participation Important To Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

In a Reuters opinion piece, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, the maternal and child health coordinator at Management and Development for Health and a New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute, writes that fathers are key to preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT). “[W]ith the right [antiretroviral (ARV)] treatments, we can reduce the risk…

International Community Must Address Gap In Children’s Health Inequality

“Globally, the pervasive disparities in the health and wellbeing of children are detrimental not only to the poorest and most vulnerable children and their families and communities, but also to the whole of society,” a Lancet editorial states, and writes, “To eliminate such disparities, three major questions need to be…