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Addressing HIV Prevention Among Key Affected Populations ‘Of The Utmost Urgency’

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, recalls a recent International AIDS Society-sponsored meeting in London “on the impact of treatment as prevention (TasP) on Key Affected Populations (KAPS), [which] has the potential…

Public, Private Sectors Should Address Antibiotic Resistance After Latest CDC Warning

Noting CDC Director Tom Frieden on Monday released a report showing “two million people in the United States are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result,” a Washington Post editorial states, “The global toll is certainly much higher.” The editorial asks, “What is being…

Collective Global Action Needed To Sustain Progress Against AIDS

Noting “African leadership on AIDS is on the rise while, with some exceptions, political and financial commitment in the wealthiest nations has been stalled since the end of the last decade,” Rob Lovelace, a senior fellow with the Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit, and Gemma Oberth, a senior researcher for…

Issues Surrounding Food Security Vital To Post-2015 Development Agenda

One of the issues likely to be raised during the U.N. General Assembly’s discussions regarding the post-2015 development agenda is food security. The following summarizes two opinion pieces on the topic. Pierre Ferrari, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “[W]ithout sufficient investment in women farmers, we will fail to feed the world’s…

International Community Must Agree To Improve Humanitarian Access To Syria

Writing in his New York Times column, Nick Kristof recalls the story of Fawzia, a Syrian refugee who fled to Jordan after “a ferocious conventional shelling of her neighborhood,” and he states, “Talking to Syrians like Fawzia, it seems bizarre and narcissistic that in Washington there is talk of whether…

Fully Funding Global Fund, Continuing PPPs Will Help Defeat TB, HIV, Malaria

The WHO “projects that as many as two million people may develop drug-resistant strains of [tuberculosis (TB)] worldwide by 2015 — despite everyone’s efforts to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals related to TB,” John Lechleiter, chair, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and chair of the Pharmaceutical Research…

TPP Should Address U.S. Business Concerns But Address Health Risks Of Tobacco

“Tobacco sickens and, eventually, can kill if consumed as intended. Every country, the United States included, should be taking every effective step to prevent smoking,” a Washington Post editorial states. The U.S. “has wisely pursued pacts to expand free trade with partners around the world,” but “[w]hat to do ……

U.S. Should Address Water Shortages That Contributed To Syrian Conflict

“The agreement forged by Russia and the United States over the weekend on Syria’s chemical weapons is good news for diplomacy … But the short-term focus on chemical weapons use risks undermining some much-needed long-term thinking on the issue,” Michael Shank, director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on…

Congress Should Reconsider Budget Cuts For Biomedical Research

“Besides the prospect of a government shutdown or a default on the national debt, the most destructive aspect of the federal budget impasse is the sequester’s damage to basic scientific research, especially biomedical research,” Roll Call columnist Morton Kondracke writes in the news service’s “Beltway Insiders” blog. “The sequester demand[ed]…