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U.N. Must Bear Responsibility For Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

“It is now all but certain that Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000, is directly traceable to a battalion of U.N. peacekeepers who arrived in the country after the 2010 earthquake,” a Washington Post editorial states, highlighting a report (.pdf) from…

‘Innovation’ Will Help Alleviate Poverty

“One of the things I’ve learned working in global health and development for the past 25 years is that innovation comes in many forms,” Christopher Elias, president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog as part of its “Reinvent A…

Recognizing Health Improvements In Uganda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden reflects on a recent trip to Uganda, “the only country served by [PEPFAR] with a rising HIV incidence,” writing, “Although Uganda will have challenges for many years as a result of increased HIV infections over the past…

‘Time Is Right’ To Address Viral Hepatitis

With the number of deaths worldwide caused by viral hepatitis comparable to the numbers caused by HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), “it is clear that a major cause of global mortality has been consistently overlooked and neglected,” Charles Gore, president of World Hepatitis Alliance, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development…

U.N. Women Has Opportunity To Improve Women’s Health

“U.N. Women has an important role as a global champion for women and girls; and the change in leadership later this month will have important implications for the welfare of women, especially in terms of health,” a Lancet editorial states. “A change in leadership” — from former President of Chile…

Lack Of Family Planning, Barriers To Reproductive Rights Hindering Development Progress

“Lack of family planning, along with other barriers to sexual and reproductive rights and health, remain obstacles to progress on several key development indicators,” Mushtaque Chowdhury, vice chair and adviser to the founder and chair of BRAC, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. He highlights Bangladesh as…

Polio Eradication Plan Is Working, But Continued Support Necessary

“Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area,” Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive…

Pharmaceutical Industry, International Community Must Place Drug-Resistant TB On Agenda

Writing in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, Emily Wise, a doctor volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, an area where drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is endemic, examines the conflict surrounding the treatment of the disease with a drug that can cause depression and suicidal…