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Development Initiatives Should Focus On Women’s Empowerment

Science: Putting women and girls at the center of development Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women’s empowerment. By ignoring gender inequities, many development projects fail to achieve their objective. And when development organizations…

U.S. Global Health Engagement Must Be Flexible, Adaptable

The Lancet: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control: a crucial actor in global health Johanna Hanefeld of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…At the heart of U.S. [global health] engagement is a tension between an agency accountable to domestic policy audiences — the U.S. Congress and through…

Oxfam America Report Examines World Bank’s Investments In For-Profit Health In Africa

Huffington Post: World Bank Group’s For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America “…In [World Bank] President Jim Kim’s own words, ‘achieving universal health coverage and equity in health are central to reaching the [Bank's] global goals to end extreme…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces discuss ongoing issues in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Nature: Ebola: time to act Editorial Board “…It cannot be repeated enough that public health measures and good old-fashioned epidemiological tracking of the infected and their contacts will bring this outbreak…

SDGs Must Contain Clear Goals, Practical Targets

New York Times: How to Prioritize U.N. Goals Abhijit Banerjee, international professor of economics at MIT, and Varad Pande, sustainability science fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School “…What is needed now is a clear, concise set of objectives [for the Sustainable Development Goals]. Without them, the entire project is in…

International Cooperation Needed To Address Humanitarian Crises In Syria, Iraq

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria. Huffington Post: Iraq, Syria Plan Must Include Food for Hungry William Lambers, author and blogger “As President Obama sets forth a plan to destroy the terrorist army ISIL, a broader initiative must be in place to…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Outbreak Response

The following editorial and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa. Washington Post: The global complacency on Ebola must end Editorial Board “The Ebola epidemic now sweeping West Africa is a public health catastrophe, yet the world’s response has been to treat it like a…

Ending Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Is Possible

Huffington Post: The Difference a Decade Makes in Preventing Newborn HIV/AIDS Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, former director of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child (PMTCT) Clinic at Tema Hospital in Ghana “…[Antiretroviral] medication, which keeps people living with HIV alive and healthy, can also enable HIV-positive pregnant women to deliver HIV-negative babies. As a…

Long-Term Investments Needed To Survive Ebola, Other Outbreaks

Nature Medicine: Ebola: a call to action Editorial Board “The size, speed, and potential reach of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa presents a wake-up call to the research and pharmaceutical communities — and to federal governments — of the continuing need to invest resources in the study…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorial and opinion pieces discuss the continuing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Guardian: The Guardian view on why the Ebola epidemic is spreading Editorial Board “Two diseases intersect in the West African epidemic, whose frightening scale is only just beginning to be fully grasped. One is Ebola…