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Early ART ‘Vitally Important’ For All People Living With HIV

The new WHO HIV treatment guidelines, which advocate beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) “when a person’s CD4 white blood cell count is relatively high,” “are a welcome step forward but fall short of the treatment goals that could and should be set,” a New York Times editorial states. “The missing ingredient…

Focus Shifts From Malnutrition To Childhood Obesity In India’s Urban Clinics

In a post in the GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, the second in a series about child health in India, Harman Boparai, a doctor from India currently working as a Kaiser Health Reporting Fellow at GlobalPost, examines issues surrounding child health in the country, highlighting a shift in focus from malnutrition to…

World Needs More Midwives To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Achieve Health MDGs

“[M]aternal mortality remains a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa where around 162,000 mothers die every year, leaving close to one million African children motherless,” Ugandan midwife Esther Madudu writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “The reason is that 40 percent of African women do not receive basic prenatal…

Access To Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services Necessary To Reach AIDS-Free Generation

In a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé discuss progress (.pdf) made on the “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among…

Women Want Access To Family Planning

“As CEO of WomanCare Global, a non-profit supply chain for reproductive care products, I’ve talked to thousands of women from almost every continent,” Saundra Pelletier writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “What women, and specifically mothers, want is astonishingly simple: to provide a better life for their children,”…

Wall Street Journal, Forbes Examine Global Implications Of Measles Outbreak In Wales

The Wall Street Journal examines a recent outbreak of measles in Wales, discussing the backlash in the U.S. and U.K. against immunizations following allegations that vaccines were linked to autism — a theory which has since been disproved — as well as the implications for global health. The outbreak, which has…

Lack Of Focus On Sanitation In Africa A ‘Shortcoming’ Of Global Health Policy

“With all the attention given to AIDS, malaria and TB in Africa, are we losing sight of other basic services?” Azad Essa, an online producer at Al Jazeera, asks in the news service’s “Africa” blog. He highlights a meeting between journalists and “the Chief Macha of Choma, leader of the…

Focus On Vulnerable Mothers Needed To Reduce Preventable Child Deaths

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Leith Greenslade, co-chair of the Child Health Pillar for the MDG Health Alliance, examines the circumstances of mothers who experience multiple child deaths. “It is no coincidence that child deaths are concentrated in the places with the greatest numbers of disempowered mothers…

Continued Partnership, Resources Needed To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

In a Forbes opinion piece, Barbara Pierce Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps and a board member of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, reflects on the global AIDS response over the last decade, writing, “Very rarely, a crisis occurs that is so urgent…

Laws Aimed At Criminalizing Sex Trade Hindering HIV/AIDS Response In India

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, journalist Michelle Chen examines efforts to combat HIV/AIDS among sex workers in India, highlighting “various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation,” which she says reflect “a deeper culture of oppression that sex workers face around the…