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In Working Toward Zero Ebola Cases, World Must Prepare For Future Outbreaks

New York Times: Finishing Off Ebola Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator “…[E]ven as America takes pride in the job we have done [in the Ebola response], it is also important to remember that the job is far from done. We must get to zero Ebola in West…

New York Times ‘Room For Debate’ Features Several Opinion Pieces Examining Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Eliminate Dengue

New York Times: Room for Debate: Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Eliminate Dengue Fever? Multiple authors “Dengue fever has become pandemic, its range expanding even to places like the Florida Keys where it hadn’t existed. One solution proposed in Florida and tried elsewhere, is to kill the mosquitoes that spread the…

India’s Government Must Address Country’s Air Pollution Problem

New York Times: Cutting Through India’s Smog Editorial Board “Proof of the grave air pollution problem confronting India is seen not just in the suffocating smog that on many days crowds out the sun in New Delhi, the world’s most polluted city. It can be measured as well in the…

SDGs Present Opportunity To Address NTDs, Other ‘Lost Causes’

The Guardian: Will the SDGs be the last hope for lost causes? Dominic Haslam, director of policy and program strategy at Sightsavers “…Despite many NTDs being straightforward to prevent or treat and progress being made to treat more people than ever before, they are still rarely prioritized in global health…

Food Pricing Remains Both Political, Economic Issue In Developing Democracies

Washington Post: Where and why food prices lead to social upheaval Cullen S. Hendrix, assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Stephan M. Haggard, Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of…

Multilateral, Cooperative Funding Options Must Be Established For SDGs To Succeed

Project Syndicate: New Frontiers in Development Finance Mahmoud Mohieldin, corporate secretary and the president’s special envoy at the World Bank Group, and Marco Scuriatti, special assistant at the Office of the President’s Envoy on the Post-2015 Agenda at the World Bank Group “…To support this joint approach [to funding for…

Food Security, Nutrition Should Be Treated As Human Right In SDGs

The Guardian: Why are there still so many hungry people in the world? Hilal Elver, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food “…The new [Sustainable Development Goals] should not be allowed to operate as easily ignored principles, but need to be given teeth. We can eradicate poverty, maintain food…

WHO Tobacco Control Framework To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

Inter Press Service: Should We Celebrate 10 Years of the Global Tobacco Control Treaty? Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty. Today the FCTC has…