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Better Coordination, Incentive Needed For WHO Framework On Neglected Disease R&D

Nature: WHO: Steering plans for neglected diseases Bernard Pécoul of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Manica Balasegaram of Médecins Sans Frontières In an earlier Nature opinion piece, “Mary Moran criticizes plans by the World Health Organization (WHO) for tackling neglected diseases in the developing world. Her arguments are…

Climate Change Already Affecting Food Security In East Africa

Foreign Policy: Big Trouble in Farmville Richard Schiffman, author and journalist “…Food production all over the globe is in the crosshairs, but East Africa is the prime target. The impacts of climate change are already serious here, and expected to get a lot harsher in coming decades. … In fact,…

‘1,000 Days’ Engages Individuals With Online ‘March For Nutrition’ Campaign

The Guardian: March for Nutrition 1,000 Days Campaign “… Researchers have identified the first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from a woman’s pregnancy through a child’s 2nd birthday — as a critical window of time that sets the stage for a person’s intellectual development and lifelong health. We…

Achieving Health Equity Requires Joint Action

Huffington Post: The War Against Health Inequity Jennifer Kamara, director at World Health Equity “…[T]o address the question, ‘What can you do about this health inequity?’ the answer is simply to join the movement in whichever way you can. Your passion needn’t be mature, and you needn’t have experience in…

Women’s Rights Activists Applaud Outcome Of U.N. Commission On Women

Huffington Post: United Nations Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Promote Gender Equality Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender…

HIV-Positive Widows Must Have Property Rights To Ensure ‘Safety And Survival’

The Guardian: HIV-positive widows in Kenya fight for their land rights Gina Alvarado, gender and evaluation specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) “…The [HIV] epidemic, in combination with women’s lack of land rights, has resulted in a growing number of widows being cast aside by their…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding TB, Recognize World TB Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding tuberculosis (TB), in recognition of World TB Day. CNN: Diabetes and TB: A growing threat Susan Fisher-Hoch, a professor at the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health and a board member of Stop TB USA “…Today, the biggest risk for tuberculosis…

Public Private Partnerships Will Advance Immunization, Global Health

Devex: The benefits of PPPs in global health Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI Alliance “… It is imperative that both the public and private sectors work together. Businesses have invested in GAVI because they know that one of the strongest ways to promote global health is through immunization. And quite…

Small Investments In Cholera Research ‘May Lead To Large Savings’

Huffington Post: In the Time of Cholera Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown Medical School Cholera is “not something in which wealthy governments around the world invest much of their research dollars. … The situation is not completely bleak. New funders, such as the Bill & Melinda…

Family Planning Is ‘Key To Other Global Health Goals’

TIME: Bill Frist: Contraception Is A Pro-Life Cause In Developing World Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands “…With an increased focus on maternal, newborn, and child health over the past few years, the global community has seen real…

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