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U.S. Can Help End Rape By Passing International Violence Against Women Act

New York Times: How Brave Girls Helped Crack a Taboo Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…Rapes happen partly because women and girls are devalued and blamed. … Yet there is hope. Rape thrives when it is a taboo — considered too indelicate to discuss. Now more and more women…

PEPFAR Should ‘Become A Leader In Transparency’

Lancet Global Health: Governance and transparency at PEPFAR Matthew Kavanagh of the University of Pennsylvania and Health GAP and Brook Baker of Northeastern University School of Law and Health GAP “The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programs in…

Grand Convergence ‘Provides Opportunity For Unity’ In Global Health

The Lancet: Grand convergence: a future sustainable development goal? “…Here is the case for grand convergence as a [sustainable development goal (SDG)]. A paralyzing weakness in the global health community is the rivalry between diseases. The ‘my disease is more important than your disease’ culture dissipates energy that should be…

Sustained Peace In South Sudan Critical For Guinea Worm Eradication

Huffington Post: The World’s Youngest Country and a Very Old Disease: South Sudan Proves Guinea Worm Can Be Defeated With Return to Peace Donald Hopkins, vice president for health programs at the Carter Center “…[T]his past year, the [South Sudanese] national program reported a 99 percent reduction in [Guinea worm]…

Developing Countries Need Strategies To Improve Science-Led Policy Development

SciDev.Net: Turning scientific consensus into development policy Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, former minister of science and technology development of Zimbabwe “Developing nations need a framework to bolster development plans through relevant research, says Heneri Dzinotyiweyi. … There is a need to evolve mechanisms that ensure that scientific consensus gets realized through appropriate…

Prisoners In Cambodia Should Receive Drug Use Treatment To Help Prevent HIV Infections

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Aphyra Chheav, a member of the Key Correspondents program, advocates that prisoners in Cambodia should have access to treatment for illicit drug use. “…One motivation to provide better drug treatment for prisoners relates to the global ambition to prevent new…

Global Community Must Implement ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’

Huffington Post: Creating a Global Roadmap to End Childhood TB Stephan Rabimov, business development and marketing manager, International Management Development Program “…As per international guidelines, young or HIV-infected children in contact with an adult with TB should be offered preventive treatment that can reduce the risk of their developing TB…

Nigeria Should Go Beyond Mosquito Net Hand-Outs To Combat Malaria

The Guardian: Beyond mosquito net hand-outs: the fight against malaria in Nigeria Chris Thomas, communications and policy adviser at the President’s Malaria Initiative “…International donors including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, World Bank, the U.K.’s Department for International Development and the U.S.’s President’s Malaria Initiative have…

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

India Should Tackle Malnutrition Through Investments In Education, Researchers Say

The Guardian: Tackling malnutrition in India: the role of higher education Tanusree Paul, research associate at Public Health Foundation of India, and Shweta Khandelwal, research scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India “…One of the biggest, but broadly overlooked factors contributing to India’s nutrition problem is that people are…