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Opinion Pieces Address Potential Global Impact Of Supreme Court’s Ruling In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

The following opinion pieces address how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that ‘closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees’ might affect women’s right to contraception worldwide and policies surrounding religious objections to other health interventions. Forbes: Could Hobby Lobby…

Nigeria Should Confront TB, With U.S. Assistance

Washington Post: Nigeria needs to confront another scourge: Tuberculosis David Bryden, TB advocacy officer for Results “…Nigeria’s frustratingly slow response to the Boko Haram abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls is mirrored by its apparent lack of attention to another crisis with deadly implications. Last year, a national survey showed…

U.S. Democratic Leadership Must Show More Action To End AIDS

Huffington Post: Leadership to End AIDS — Cuomo’s Got It, Where’s Schumer? Leahy? Mikulski? Obama? Matthew Kavanagh, AIDS and human rights researcher and activist “This week leadership in the fight to end AIDS (and seemingly to do most things that take political will) has shown up outside our nation’s capitol.…

Challenges Lie Ahead To Build ‘More Equality And Equity Between Men And Women’

Huffington Post: Once We Make This Dream a Reality Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile “…Nearly 20 years on from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we must recognize the significant progress that was made possible thanks to the commitment of international organizations, states and civil society. However, we still…

Opinion Pieces Address Maternal, Child Health

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding maternal and child health. Huffington Post: Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns a Fighting Chance to Survive and Thrive Katie Taylor, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health “…This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give…

‘Unsung Heroes’ Provide Hope For Children In War-Torn CAR

CNN: Why children in Central African Republic should matter to us all Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador “…Within Central African Republic, every system has crumbled. Malnutrition and disease stalk children. … Yet in the midst of this grim scenario, there are unsung heroes: Doctors and health workers are risking their…

Accessible HIV Treatment, Education Vital For Women In MENA Region

Houston Chronicle: HIV in the Middle East: Women at risk Ariana Marnicio, research analyst for the Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute “…The majority of the reported cases of people living with HIV [in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region]…

Congress Must Support Efforts To Prevent FGM, Support Survivors

Roll Call: The Underground Epidemic: U.S. Female Genital Mutilation Kristy Kumar, a Scoville fellow with the Center for National Policy and the Truman National Security Project “…In a letter to Attorney General Holder, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Sebelius, Secretary Duncan, Administrator Shah and Director Burwell, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) urges the…

U.S. ‘Must View Food Security As Integral To Its National Security’

Huffington Post: Food Security Is National Security Toni Verstandig, chair of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Programs and senior vice president at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace “In order to set effective food and nutrition priorities, as well as strengthen access to nutritious foods and sustainable…

West Africa Needs Better Response To Control Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: West Africa can’t manage the Ebola outbreak “…West Africa had not seen a major Ebola outbreak and was unprepared. Its public health infrastructure is weak. There was no quick incident response system with a command-and-control structure, and no comprehensive public health plan for a mobile population. … Other…

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