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Opinion Piece, Editorial Address Outbreak Of H7N9 In China

The following is a summary of an opinion piece and an editorial addressing the outbreak of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — in China. Tyler Cowen, New York Times: “The outbreak raises renewed questions about how to prepare for possible risks, should the strain become more easily…

Further Cutting U.S. Foreign Aid Would Undermine America’s ‘Soft Power’

“America’s ability to protect itself and advance its global interests often depends as much on its ‘softer’ power as it does on our nation’s armed forces,” Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, write in a Politico opinion piece. “That…

Opinion Pieces Address Health, Humanitarian Issues In War-Torn Syria

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing health and humanitarian issues in war-torn Syria. Renee Behinfar, The Hill’s “Congress Blog”: “Syrian youths face repeated exposure to trauma, ongoing threats to their lives, and minimal access to food, water, and shelter,” Behinfar, a clinical psychologist and human rights advocate,…

Opinion Pieces Address Global Polio Eradication Efforts

The following opinion pieces address the global polio response. Qanta Ahmed, Sania Nishtar, and Ziad Memish, The Lancet: “Today [the] ambitious goal [of global polio eradication] is threatened, partly by misinformed and politicized religious views that not only seed suspicion about polio vaccination but recently led to murder of polio…

Examining The Need For Effective Tools To Diagnose Typhoid

In the second post in a series in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” highlighting the agency’s work in global health, Stephen Baker and Jeremy Farrar of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Vietnam, write, “The lack of a robust, sensitive, and easy-to-use diagnostic test is one of the most serious barriers to the…

Editorials Endorse Population-Based HIV/AIDS Testing, Prevention Campaigns

The United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent government advisory panel, on Tuesday published updated guidelines for HIV screening in the U.S., recommending that physicians test all adults ages 15-65, all pregnant women, and younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk of infection. The following summarizes…

Stakeholders Must Work Together On U.S. Food Aid Reform

“Congress should put aside partisanship and turf protection as it considers bold changes to a decades-old and increasingly inefficient international food aid program,” former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who chaired the Agriculture and Foreign Relations committees, and former Sen. Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.), who served as Senate majority leader, write in…

End Of Poverty May Be Within Reach, But ‘Bar Is Set Very Low’

“The end of extreme poverty might very well be within reach,” economics reporter Annie Lowrey writes in a New York Times Magazine opinion piece. “In part, this is because the bar is set very low,” she states, noting, “The World Bank aims to raise just about everyone on Earth above…