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Iraq’s Health, Humanitarian Crises Need Attention From International Community

The Lancet: Iraq’s neglected health and humanitarian crisis Editorial Board “…Iraq’s health and humanitarian crisis results from decades of war and occupation, most recently the take over of territory by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the counter-insurgency launch by the government and its allied forces.…

NEJM Perspective Piece Examines TPP’s Potential Impact On Health Policy Issues

New England Journal of Medicine: The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Is It Bad for Your Health? Amy Kapczynski, professor of law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership “International trade deals once focused primarily on tariffs. As a result, they had little direct effect on…

Congress Must Not Forget TB In Debating U.S. Global Health Programs

The Hill: TB: The forgotten global health threat Eric P. Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis “As congressional committees debate the future of critical global health programs, they must not forget an all too neglected global health threat — tuberculosis (TB). … TB interventions are cost effective and…

Action Must Be Taken To End ‘Negative Aspects’ Of Girl Child Initiation Ceremonies

The Guardian: Child marriage: we must urge action to stop girls’ initiation rites Persilia Muianga, World Vision senior child protection manager “At a recent international conference in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, a light was shed on to the practice of initiation ceremonies in which girls as young as eight…

Congress Should Grant Obama Trade Promotion Authority To Complete TPP Agreement

USA TODAY: John Kerry & Ash Carter: Congress needs to help American trade grow U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter “…Passing [trade promotion authority (TPA)], as the Senate did last month and the House of Representatives is considering, would give the president the…

Prioritizing Surveillance, Transparency Critical To Stopping MERS From Spreading Across Borders

Financial Times: Surveillance is the best defense against a border-breaching virus Anjana Ahuja, science commentator “…As the World Health Organization undergoes a post-Ebola reboot, it must prioritize disease surveillance and, as noted at the G7 summit, create the capacity for a rapid response. Encouraging transparency would help: until this weekend,…

G7 Needs To Take Concrete Steps To Prepare For Next Disease Outbreak

Washington Post: Stopping the next pandemic today Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator “…[W]hy, with the Ebola epidemic serving as a fresh warning, aren’t the G7 leaders doing more to tackle this critical health and security issue [of disease outbreak preparedness]? … Here is what should be on…

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