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Polio Resurgence Poses Larger Threat Than Emerging MERS Virus

Los Angeles Times: Worried about MERS? Worry about polio instead. Wendy Orent, author “…[I]f Americans who oppose vaccination — believing, apparently, that the risk of [polio] is preferable to exposing their children to a dead virus and a needle prick — gain strength, this specialist in human misery could come…

Business Community Support Critical To Global Health Security Agenda

Huffington Post: Global Health Security Is Vital to Our Citizens, Businesses and Economy Betty King, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva “…Recently, the U.S. government put forward a global health security agenda through a multiagency effort that includes the departments of State, Defense, Agriculture, Health and Human Services,…

Global Community Must Address Stillbirths In Development Goals

The Guardian: Time to target the shocking neglect of stillbirths Sarah Boseley, health editor at The Guardian “…Every year 2.6 million babies are stillborn. But, says [Joy Lawn, professor of maternal, reproductive and child health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine], these babies, whose loss is a…

Focus On Realistic Goals Essential For Establishing SDGs

Business Day: Setting the right global goals Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “…The ultimate decision about which targets to set for the coming 15 years is a complex and deeply political discussion, and advice from economists will not magically resolve all…

Global Community Must Reevaluate Humanitarian Goals

The Guardian: David Miliband: the humanitarian response must be fit for new crises David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “…Humanitarian goals (HuGos) could help tackle four fundamental issues. First, they could focus attention and resources on what the humanitarian system is trying…

World Cup In Brazil Provides Opportunity To Shed Light On Chagas Disease

Huffington Post: Chagas Disease: A 2014 World Cup Yellow Card Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Bernard Pécoul, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) “…Today, three-quarters of the world’s Chagas disease patients live in the nine Latin American countries that…

Bipartisan Support Of Electrify Africa Act Reminiscent Of PEPFAR Support

The Hill: Washington is not (entirely) broken Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and Tony Fratto, a partner at Hamilton Place Strategies and a former White House deputy press secretary under President George W. Bush “…[E]very so often, something happens in Congress that brings lawmakers together from…

Donors Must Step Up Efforts In S. Sudan ‘To Save This Generation’

Huffington Post: South Sudan: We Must Not Miss This Opportunity to Save Lives Toby Lanzer, U.N. assistant secretary-general and in Juba, South Sudan as deputy special representative and development and humanitarian coordinator “On 9 May, South Sudanese leaders signed an ‘Agreement to Resolve the Crisis’ that has gripped their country…

Pakistan Must Reexamine Polio Eradication Program To Improve Effectiveness

Al Jazeera: Pakistan’s polio puzzle Samia Altaf, public health physician and the 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center “…If increasing amounts of funding, steadily developing science and modified organizational plans have consistently failed, the only logical step is an analysis of the context. … The best place to…

Stigma Reduction Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Future

Lancet Global Health: Tackling stigma: fundamental to an AIDS-free future Julie Pulerwitz, director of social and operational research, HIV/AIDS at the Population Council, and John Bongaarts, vice president of the Population Council “The achievement of an AIDS-free future will surely be a priority discussion topic at the upcoming International AIDS…

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