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Opinion Pieces Address Global Family Planning, Reproductive Health Goals

World Population Day is recognized on July 11, as well as the one-year anniversary of the London Family Planning Summit. The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding global family planning and reproductive health. Joy Lawn, Huffington Post U.K.’s “Impact” blog: “World Population Day on July 11 is a time for…

India Should Work To Improve Public Health System In Order To Curb Malnutrition

“Poor sanitation and high morbidity are two key factors explaining India’s high malnutrition burden,” a LiveMint editorial states, adding, “India’s flawed food policy — which has focused solely on cereals such as rice and wheat at the expense of pulses, fruits and vegetables — and stark gender inequality, which causes…

Global Community Must Talk Openly About Young People’s Sexual Health To Eliminate Barriers To Information, Commodities

“This World Population Day 2013” — observed Thursday — “the focus is on adolescent pregnancy,” Purnima Mane, president and CEO of Pathfinder International, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. She provides statistics about pregnancy and reproductive health among adolescent girls and states, “These statistics show: we need to talk…

Creating Sustainable Health Care Solutions For An AIDS-Free Generation In Africa

“[W]ith the recent birth of the one millionth HIV-free baby born to an HIV-positive mother there, hope for an African generation free from this disease is alive thanks to the remarkable impact of antiretroviral drugs,” John Howe, president and CEO of Project HOPE, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog.…

Leveraging Innovative Financing Mechanisms For Global Health R&D

“Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health [research and development (R&D)] funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden,” Trevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in…

Universal Access To HIV Therapy Essential To Reach End Of AIDS

“Antiretroviral therapy saves lives, improves quality of life, and lifts communities and economies, enabling people to once again work, go to school, care for their families, and participate in society. Every day, treatment access and other investments are helping us get closer to an end of the AIDS epidemic,” UNAIDS…

Improving Family Planning For Women Must Involve Human Rights Approach

Noting that one year ago governments and donors pledged $2.6 billion for family planning efforts in developing countries at the London Global Family Planning Summit, Gauri van Gulik, a researcher and advocate for Europe and Central Asia in the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch, writes in The Guardian’s…