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World Must Balance Food Production, Consumption With Need For Biofuels

Huffington Post: Looking Beyond the Crisis Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization “…Increasing humanity’s food supply by 60 percent in the next 35 years, through the agricultural practices we use today, would require some 50 percent more energy and 40 percent more water,…

Decriminalization Of Sex Work Will Help Prevent HIV, Improve Health Care Access

Health-e News: Time to decriminalize prostitution Maria Stacey, acting director of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) “…The concept of structural interventions is one that the South African HIV community has struggled with in the past, but fortunately there is growing evidence for the impact of structural interventions…

Religious Ideology Should Not Restrict Women’s Access To Modern Contraceptives

Project Syndicate: Population and the Pope Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne “…Providing [women worldwide] with access to contraception would help them plan their lives as they wish, weaken demand for abortion, reduce maternal deaths, give children a better start…

As Obesity Rates Rise, China Must Address Nutrition Through Policy Decisions

The Guardian: Fat China: how are policymakers tackling rising obesity? Paul French, author “…By 2012, China’s Ministry of Health estimated that as many as 300 million Chinese people are obese in a population of 1.2 billion. This total makes China the second most obese nation after the USA in numbers…

Vaccines Represent ‘Vital Early Weapon’ For Next Ebola Outbreak

The Lancet Global Health: Ebola vaccines: an uncertain future? Zoë Mullan, editor of The Lancet Global Health “…The rapid roll-out of these [Ebola vaccine] trials has been tremendously impressive. … Vaccines are not a magic bullet. Nothing can replace the basic tenets of public health epidemiology and community mobilization. But…

U.S. Investment In Global Immunizations Can Protect Americans, Children Worldwide

Los Angeles Times: The measles outbreaks that matter the most aren’t happening here Andrea Gay, executive director of children’s health at the United Nations Foundation and a member of the Measles & Rubella Initiative “…There are still millions of children around the world who don’t have access to the measles…

Ebola Workers Who Return To U.S. Need Proper Support, Care

NPR: Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Is Feeling Kind Of Lost Karin Huster, who spent six weeks as Partner in Health’s clinical manager at the Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone “…The mental health of those returning from the Ebola battlefield has seldom been addressed. Yet we know all…

WHO Must Follow Through With Reform To Effectively Respond To Future Disease Outbreaks

New York Times: Reform After the Ebola Debacle Editorial Board “The World Health Organization’s anemic performance in handling the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa may yield one positive outcome: sweeping, and long overdue, institutional reforms to improve its ability to respond more quickly to the next outbreak of a lethal…

U.S. Should Lead By Example In Efforts To Immunize Children Worldwide

Huffington Post: The Consensus Around Vaccines Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “The current measles outbreak in the U.S. raises serious concerns — not just from a domestic public health standpoint, but from a global one as well. … Every year, globally, 1.5 million…

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