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‘Getting To Zero’ Rhetoric Might Harm HIV/AIDS Efforts

Inter Press Service: Getting to Zero — Good Intentions Coming to Naught? Pierre Brouard, director of the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria, South Africa “…[T]he recent rallying cry ‘getting to zero,’ that is, zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths…

PrEP Programs Gain Momentum As Solution To AIDS Epidemic

Huffington Post: New Momentum on PrEP, But Critical Needs Are Overlooked Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…PrEP [(the use of a daily medication that reduces the risk of HIV infection)] is an option for many people, not only for gay men. … Global health leaders should be working, now,…

Global Eradication Of Polio Within Reach; Political Will Crucial To Efforts

Nature: Within reach: A redoubling of efforts should swiftly eradicate polio from its last strongholds “The global effort to eradicate poliomyelitis has been spectacularly successful, eliminating 99 percent of cases in its 26-year history. But that progress has begun to unravel in the past 18 months, with outbreaks in East…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Will ‘Lay The Foundation’ For Future Progress

Devex: Global goals that matter Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “…While we have made critical advances, we still have a lot more work to do to make sure that the poorest and most vulnerable communities have access to life-saving services and opportunities. Additionally, progress on…

Disaster Preparedness, Conflict Prevention ‘Critical’ For Sustainable Development

The Guardian: From Syria to South Sudan, the need to be prepared has never been greater Helen Clark, U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) administrator “…Despite the overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, spending on prevention and preparedness remains a small part of the global aid budget. Now the…

Private Sector Involvement In Humanitarian Aid Can Benefit Business And Those In Need

The Guardian: When disaster hits, does it matter if a business profits amid the poverty? Steven Zyck, co-author, of a forthcoming report titled, “Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector” “…Aid agencies will always be necessary. Businesses are not going to be able…

Ebola Health Workers In Sierra Leone Struggle With Emotions, Stigma

The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone: battling sadness, fear and disgust on the frontline Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter, a psychologist working with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) “I was expecting the Ebola epidemic to be quite gruesome and unlike anything I had seen before. But I really didn’t expect its magnitude –…

Smart Investments, Partnerships Will ‘End HIV As An Epidemic’

Huffington Post: Better and Smarter Investments in the HIV Response Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…Scientific advances and our experience on the ground now give us the historic opportunity to end HIV as an epidemic and turn it into low-level endemicity.…

TPP Would Limit Countries’ Abilities To Make, Purchase Low-Cost Generic Medicines

Huffington Post: TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People’s Health Manica Balasegaram, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign “…The ability to manufacture and/or purchase low-cost generic medicines requires maintaining a balance in a country’s patent system between monopoly protection and public health. Yet, the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)]…