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DKT Ethiopia Using GIS Technology To Improve Family Planning, HIV Prevention Programs

“In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, writes in…

Opinion Pieces Published in Recognition Of World Malaria Day

Wednesday is World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme is “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Financial Times: “We have witnessed with malaria that a great deal can occur in…

Nature Editorial, Opinion Piece Address H7N9 Virus

The journal Nature published an editorial and opinion piece on the emergence of the H7N9 avian influenza strain. Editorial: “China deserves credit for its rapid response to the outbreaks of H7N9 avian influenza, and its early openness in the reporting and sharing of data,” the editorial states. Unlike its response…

Sustained Funding For Malaria Efforts Needed To Maintain Momentum

“When in the year 2000 African leaders first decided to put a Malaria Day on the calendar of the world, the ravages of malaria were barely visible to global decision-makers in prosperous countries,” Fatoumata Nafo-Traor, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and a former minister of health…

Polio Can Be Eradicated Using Lessons From Smallpox

“With only 223 wild poliovirus cases in five countries in 2012, the paralytic disease has been knocked down to just a handful of small reservoirs. Recognizing this historic opportunity to achieve eradication, we have enthusiastically joined more than 400 scientists from 80 countries to sign the Scientific Declaration on Polio…

Three Steps To Eliminating NTDs

In a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) editor-in-chief Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, reviews progress being made…