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Ensuring Access To Health Care Is ‘Core Component’ Of Women’s Human Rights

“A core component of women’s rights is ensuring that all women — regardless of religion, nationality, or income level — have access to quality health care,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “Women” blog. “Recognizing the key link between health care for mothers and the impact on…

Global Community Must Integrate Post-2015 Development Goals, Focus On Long-Term Goals

Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “are nearing their expiration date in 2015,” Yael Velleman, senior policy analyst for health and sanitation at WaterAid, writes in a Devex opinion piece, “We need to better coordinate our health response post-2015. Setting separate targets on nutrition, water and sanitation have fragmented our…

Ambitious Targets Help Spur Progress In Global AIDS Response

“On [December 2] at the White House, President Obama reported the latest accomplishments of the U.S. government’s response to HIV,” AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, stating, “The progress he cited was impressive.” However, “there was little mention of one the most impressive turnarounds…

Opinion Pieces Address AIDS Work Of Nelson Mandela

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the AIDS work of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. Art Caplan, NBC News: “As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, it is important to look at the one area where the iconic…

Lack Of Political Will Hindering AIDS Response

In a Globe and Mail opinion piece, Canadian researcher, writer and activist Gerald Caplan examines progress in the AIDS response since the early days of the disease, and he highlights a list of “challenges and misunderstandings” that remain today. “Although much is being done on the AIDS front, somehow there…

Smallpox, Anthrax Biosafety Scares Are Troubling

Foreign Policy: It’s 10 o’Clock — Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is? Laurie Garrett, journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “The revelation that smallpox vials have gone unnoticed inside the NIH for more than half a century is gobsmacking. … [I]t…

Financial Commitments To Improve Agriculture Can Help Prevent Food Crises

Devex: We can prevent another food price crisis Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…This year, African leaders have recommitted to investing in agriculture at their annual leaders’ summit, but there is currently a significant financing gap toward these plans. The support…

U.K. Must Lead On SDG Process To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: New development goals need ambition — and the U.K. must set the agenda Jim Murphy, Labour member of parliament for East Renfrewshire and the shadow secretary of state for international development “…With the correct [Sustainable Development Goals], we can wipe out extreme poverty, secure health coverage at all…

Political Commitment Needed To Reduce Hunger, Undernutrition

SciDev.Net: Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will? Roger Williamson, independent consultant and visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex “The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (10 indicators)…

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