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Politicians Need To Address ‘Increasingly Ominous’ Issue Of Food Security

“A study by the U.K. Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent of all the food grown in the world never makes it to the plate,” and “[u]p to one billion people are malnourished or hungry,” a Guardian editorial writes. “But food security is not just…

Opinion Pieces, Blogs Address World Health Day

To mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO in 1948, the international community on April 7 observed World Health Day. This year’s theme was high blood pressure, or hypertension. The following is a summary of opinion pieces and blog posts addressing the day. Françoise Castex, Devex: “This year…

Blogs, Opinion Pieces Recognize 1,000 Day Milestone Until End Of MDGs

April 5 marked 1,000 days until the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed to by the U.N. in 2000 as the world’s first development agenda. International discussions are underway to determine the post-2015 development agenda. Several blog posts and opinion pieces recently addressed the milestone. Steve Feldstein, USAID’s…

Proposed BRICS Development Bank Should Focus On Improving Population Health

“Leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) nations met in Durban, South Africa, last week (March 26-27), for their fifth annual summit, and made an intriguing decision: to establish between them a new development bank,” a Lancet editorial states. “The bank would mobilize resources for infrastructure…

Editorials Discuss GPEI Polio Eradication Plan

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) on Tuesday launched its Global Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan in Washington, D.C. The new plan aims to eliminate wild-type polio by 2015 and completely eradicate the virus by 2018. The following editorials address efforts to eradicate polio. Bloomberg: The goal of eradicating polio “can…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Emergence Of New Bird Flu Strain In China

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces and an editorial written in response to reports of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — emerging from China. Peter Christian Hall, Reuters’ “The Great Debate”: “Memories of China’s repression of news during its tumultuous 2002-03 SARS outbreak could…

More Must Be Done To Find Balance Between Drug Innovation, Affordable Health Care

“The decision by India’s Supreme Court to overturn the patent on Novartis’s cancer treatment Glivec is good news for more affordable health care and bad news for drug innovation,” a Financial Times editorial states, adding, “It fails fundamentally to address either issue, both of which need wide-ranging reform.” By disallowing…

To Meet TB Treatment Goals, Latent TB Cases Must Be Diagnosed

“If everyone in the world were tested for latent infection with tuberculosis (a status that predisposes people to develop active disease) today, at least one billion people would be positive,” Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “From the World…

‘Remarkable Alignment’ Of PEPFAR, Global Fund Efforts Is Reason For Continued Support

Recent global health events — including the release of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation (.pdf), the launch of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model, and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evaluation of PEPFAR — “mak[e] it clear; it is a time of transformation for global health,”…