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Family Planning Efforts Must Address Health, Survival Of Infants

“There are a variety of reasons why women in traditional or less-developed societies give birth to many children: religious, cultural, economic, status and lack of adequate information. But one reason that seems so obvious once you think about it — but which seldom tops the list — is the fear…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Global Fund Ahead Of Replenishment Conference

The following is a summary of editorials and opinion pieces published ahead of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment conference scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on December 3. Ray Chambers, The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog: “The Global Fund represents the best there is when…

Stronger Measures Needed To Protect Polio Workers From Attacks In Pakistan

“Attacks on polio workers have become dangerously frequent, and so security measures are being ratcheted up,” an editorial in Pakistan’s The Nation states. “But even in cases where apparently ample security is provided, attacks happen. Instances where police patrols accompanying the health workers, have themselves come under fatal attack, are…

Opinion Pieces Published In Recognition Of World AIDS Day

The following summaries represent some of the many opinion pieces published to recognize World AIDS Day, December 1. Chris Beyrer and Michel Kazatchkine, BBC News: “[T]he recurring themes of stigma and discrimination at the social, cultural and political levels” are preventing key affected populations, such as men who have sex…

New York Times Opinion Piece Series Examines AIDS Eradication

The New York Times published a “Room For Debate” series examining how AIDS will be eradicated. The series includes commentaries written by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé; singer and songwriter Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation; Kartik Venkatesh, a clinical fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham…

U.S. Government Policy Prohibits Funding Legal Abortion Overseas

In a post in the RH Reality Check blog, Elizabeth Maguire of Ipas writes about the impact of U.S. government policy on women’s ability to access safe, legal abortion. “[F]or the past 40 years, USAID and its grantees have implemented the Helms Amendment as a complete ban on abortion,” she…

Compassion Necessary Component For Ending AIDS

In an Atlantic opinion piece, singer and songwriter Sir Elton John writes about his experiences with HIV/AIDS and recounts the work of several organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I’ve seen the difference these heroes are making. … I’ve seen with my own eyes what’s possible when compassion is…

HIV Care Cascade Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

“The cascade of HIV care — an approach that links prevention outreach, testing and treatment services across a continuum of care — helps identify the key opportunities to improve services to stop the spread of HIV. This tool has come to Vietnam at a critical time,” Ward Cates, president emeritus…

TB Is An Evolving Threat Globally, In U.S.

In a Newsweek opinion piece, Polly Price, an author and law professor at Emory University, examines the evolving threat of tuberculosis (TB) — “not only in the developing world, but also inside the United States, where the [CDC] recorded nearly 10,000 cases of TB last year.” She highlights the issue…

U.S. Should Intensify Efforts To Expand HIV Treatment, Develop Vaccine, Find Cure

“[I]n a remarkable show of wise bipartisan support, on [November 19] the U.S. Congress reauthorized [PEPFAR] and the U.S. investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by passing legislation to extend the program’s authorization,” Myron Cohen, associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of…

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