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U.N. Must Uphold ‘Moral Obligations’ In Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Noting the “aid group Doctors Without Borders said [on March 12] that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies,” a New York Times editorial states, “The dreadful backdrop to this emergency is an abdication…

Focused Approach Needed To End TB

Addressing the question of whether the international community can eliminate tuberculosis, Arundhati Maitra and Sanjib Bhakta of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of London write in an opinion piece in the AlertNet News Blog, “With an estimated 8.7 million reported cases and 1.4 million deaths due to…

Additional Resources Needed To Stave Off TB Resurgence

The release of new data by the CDC “showing that the number of people contracting tuberculosis in the U.S. has been declining for 20 years … should be good news,” but “as a physician and adviser working to control TB for more than 40 years, I’m more concerned than ever before about our…

Integration Of TB/HIV Services Necessary To Beat ‘Twin Epidemics’

Swaziland “is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB),” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post “Healthy Living” blog. “Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also living with HIV, and TB is the leading cause of death among people with…

USAID Reform Is Moving In Right Direction

Noting USAID on Wednesday released USAID Forward, “a progress report on its three-year-old reform effort … which in the words of Administrator Rajiv Shah has the ultimate goal of putting ‘ourselves out of business,'” Bill Lane, the director of International Governmental Affairs for Caterpillar, and Carolyn Miles, president and CEO…

USAID Reform Should Be ‘Priority’ For U.S. Government

“The amount of good our nation has done for poor and hungry people around the world over the last 10 years is astounding,” Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; George Ingram, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), a senior fellow…

Global Fund Has Achieved Impressive Results, But More Work Remains

“This week I had the pleasure to host a preparatory meeting between donors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “The meeting was held for two very good reasons: to assess the…

Production Of Synthetic Artemisinin An Attack Against Farmers Currently Growing The Plant

“On Thursday, the founder of Amyris Biotech triumphantly announced production of 70 million doses of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin,” Jim Thomas, research program director for ETC group, a technology watchdog that works with farmers’ organizations, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog. “This sounds like good news for poor people…

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