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Integrate NTD, HIV, TB And Malaria Programs

In a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece, Peter Hotez of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and colleagues, including Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, outline how integrating treatment of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) into HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control efforts could speed up progress toward attaining the sixth Millennium Development Goal.

Food Security Should Be A Priority

“Any system that produces enough food for the entire world and yet fails to feed one in seven people, which is subject to rampant speculation and land-grabbing, and where crops and land that could be used to feed people are instead turned into fuel for Hummers, is patently not working,” a Guardian editorial says.

Political Engagement With China Influences Involvement In Health

After discussing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s decision to freeze grant payments to China, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes on the council’s “Asia Unbound” blog, “In order to encourage the participation of China’s civil society groups…

Budget Cuts Should Not Include U.S. Global AIDS Program

“Now is not the time for the United States – or any other country – to reduce spending on programs that deliver life-saving drugs at so tiny a cost,” a Des Moines Register editorial states, noting the relatively small cost of PEPFAR.

USAID Shares Priorities With Pakistan

Writing about the relationship between USAID and Pakistan on the agency’s “Impact blog”, J. Alexander Their, assistant to the administrator and director of the USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, states, “Our shared priorities in energy, economic growth, stabilization, health, and education are directed to addressing both short and…

G8 Must Do More To Address Health Care Worker Brain Drain

Though “[h]ealth systems strengthening has recently become a new G8 focus and this year, the human resources in health crisis received some attention,” the G8’s actions listed in the Deauville Accountability Report say “absolutely nothing about stopping the recruitment of health workers from low income countries to G8 countries, which…

Global Fund’s Transparency Is Essential And Saves Lives

In the Huffington Post, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the Global Fund’s latest report on its investigation of its grants in Mali.

Cooperation Is Key To Finding Global Food Security

“We need a global approach to achieving food security,” Tom Daschle, former Senate majority leader and chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century, writes in a Politico opinion piece.

Commentary On 30th Anniversary Of AIDS

The Huffington Post: 30 Years of HIV/AIDS : In this piece, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius highlights the U.S. domestic AIDS strategy (6/5). The Huffington Post: Thirty Years On, A Stark Choice on AIDS : “Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, we are faced with a choice. Are we content to…

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