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Faith-Based Organizations ‘Vital’ To Ensuring Access To Family Planning

Huffington Post: Family Planning and Serving Families in Kibera Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University “…Faith-linked providers are vital to the global challenge of ensuring access to family planning. The many providers tend to be driven by concern for…

The Guardian Launches Campaign To End FGM

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation: end it The Guardian launches “a national and international campaign to end FGM” asserting that “we want everyone to be aware that FGM is illegal [in the U.K.]. We want potential victims — and parents who are perhaps under pressure from family elders — to…

Completion Of Polio Vaccine Campaign In Middle East Critical To Eradication Efforts

Huffington Post: Polio: Why It Matters To You Batoul Abuharb, a student at the University of Houston College of Optometry and co-founder of Dunia Health, and Cherie Fathy, a student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a project assistant at Dunia Health Discussing a recent outbreak of polio in…

Young Farmers Critical To Ensuring Food Security

The Guardian: Is global food security jeopardized by an old age timebomb? Rob Vos, coordinator of the strategic program on rural poverty reduction at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) FAO “estimates we need to increase global food production by 60 percent by 2050. Under current production patterns, much…

Lawmakers ‘Falling Short’ In Improving Access To Medicines Worldwide

“In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama nominally reaffirmed his commitment to universal health care, citing the success of the Affordable Care Act. Despite his dedication to free and fair medical services for Americans, he failed to comment on the essential life-saving global medicine funding programs…

Retiring Rep. Waxman Is Champion Of Bringing Attention To HIV/AIDS

Politico: Henry Waxman, the Unsung Hero in the Fight Against AIDS Timothy Westmoreland, a visiting professor of law and a senior scholar in health law at Georgetown University Law Center Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) “didn’t just hold hearings on the AIDS crisis; he pushed through legislation for public education, biomedical…

Public Funds Majority Of Medicines R&D, Must Hold Drug Companies Accountable

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Equality, Big Pharma and lifesaving medicine John Butler, a consultant and global public health expert, and Brian Wahl, a doctoral student studying epidemiology and disease control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “…Governments and civil society must again unite behind the simple idea that everyone…

Help ‘Stop The Myth’ On Foreign Aid

Devex: It’s our responsibility to #stopthemyth on foreign aid Joe Cerrell, managing director for global policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One constant refrain about aid that I’ve heard — particularly in more recent years living in Europe — is this: ‘We have to choose between…

Better Data Collection Necessary To Formulate, Evaluate Post-2015 Development Goals

Morning Star: Rethinking The Millennium Development Goals For The World Of Today Sarah Edwards, head of policy and campaigns at Health Poverty Action Noting the release of a new report from Health Poverty Action on the post-2015 development agenda, Edwards writes, “…The report states that current methods of data collection,…

Rotavirus Vaccine Is Critical Component Of ‘Our Collective Anti-Diarrhea Toolkit’

Huffington Post: Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine Marion Roche, technical adviser with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) “…Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents. … The rotavirus vaccine definitely…