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U.N.’s Legal Immunity, Refusal To Compensate Haitians For Cholera Claims ‘Cheapens Its Larger Mission’

Noting the U.N. last week “announced that Haitian claims for compensation weren’t receivable under article 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations,” Armin Rosen, a writer and producer for The Atlantic’s international channel, writes in an opinion piece in the magazine, “If a multinational corporation behaved the…

Private Sector Helps Advance Health, Well-Being Of Women, Children

“Every pregnant girl or woman, wherever she lives, is connected to all of the other mothers-to-be around the world through the hope that their babies will be born strong and healthy,” but “[t]he sad truth is that for millions of these girls and women, their own survival and that of…

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…

WHO Must Play ‘Assertive Central Role’ In Fighting Distribution Of Substandard, Fake Medicines

This Lancet editorial notes the release of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that gathers information on “the global threat of falsified or substandard drugs” and provides recommendations “to mitigate this public health problem.” According to the editorial, “The IOM report recognizes that the absence of a precise…

World Closer Than Ever To Ending Pediatric AIDS

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Chip Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, highlights the foundation’s “first annual ‘Global Champions for a Mother’s Fight’ gala, an opportunity to honor some of our heroes in the battle against pediatric HIV/AIDS and discuss global change,…

Finding Solutions To Global Health Problems Might Mean Creating More Risk

“Scientists are aware that their interventions in the natural world will have unintended effects, and in order to behave ethically, these potential risks must be considered,” Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor at BoingBoing.net, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, adding, “Even something as innocuous as a mosquito net may carry…

Shrinking U.S. Investment In Scientific R&D ‘Affects The Whole World’

In his State of the Union address on February 12, President Barack Obama “called for a new era of scientific discovery,” an Economist editorial states, adding, “This would mean spending more on research.” But “[a]s The Economist went to press, America’s government was about to do the opposite,” the editorial states, noting federal spending…

Sustained Funding Necessary For Success Of Global Polio Eradication Plan

“[W]e are teaming up to tackle one of the most ambitious public health goals ever set: eradicating polio, a disease that has haunted humanity at least since ancient Egypt,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P., and Bill Gates, chair of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill…

Community-Led Engagement, Greater Access Needed To End Polio

“While the challenges we face in the last polio reservoirs are difficult, they are not intractable,” Bekele Geleta, secretary general of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in an AlertNet opinion piece. “To end polio forever, we must answer a critical question: what is the…