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Supporting Disease Research Is ‘Legitimate And Necessary Government Function’

Richmond Times-Dispatch: An Ebola Vaccine? Editorial Board “Concern about the spread of Ebola has waned in recent weeks. It would diminish more if a vaccine existed. … NIH officials say an Ebola vaccine could be a year or two closer to fruition had funding been adequate. The claim sounds self-serving;…

Disaster Preparedness, Investment In Haiti Will Help Nation Recover From 2010 Earthquake

Devex: Learning the hard way: Lessons from the Haiti earthquake Ruth Ayarza, regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…Although the United Nations set up clusters around specific themes such as nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene [following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti], no…

MNCH, Reproductive Health Should Be Priority In 2015

Huffington Post: Women, Newborns and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Post-2015 Agenda Petra ten Hoope-Bender, director of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health at ICS Integrare, and Sheetal Sharma, research associate at ICS Integrare “…In 2015, our way forward is to empower women to ensure they get the health care they…

U.S. Should Contribute ‘Generous’ Amount To Gavi

Washington Post: The United States should generously support Gavi’s immunization efforts Editorial Board “An important conference is to be held in Berlin on Jan. 27 to secure financial replenishment for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a multilateral nonprofit that for 15 years has been bringing vaccines to children in the world’s…

Canada Should Step Up To Help Care For Children Affected By Ebola

Huffington Post Canada: Ebola and West Africa’s Children Kirsty Duncan, Canadian member of parliament “…Ebola has been horrendous for children. United Nations officials estimate that more than 3,500 have been infected, at least 1,200 have died, and up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers to…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Response, Recovery

Foreign Affairs: Three Myths About Ebola Emmanuel D’Harcourt, senior health director at the International Rescue Committee “…The West Africa Ebola virus epidemic is complex, confusing, and concerning. We can end it only by understanding, and acting on, the real story. … The real story is that only local communities can…

Post-2015 Development Goals Must Be Realistic, Have Clear Rationale

The Guardian: Eight months until new development goals are agreed. Then what? Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation “…The politics of writing the [Sustainable Development Goals] appears to have ensured the politics of using them has been…

Strengthening Health Care Workforce Key to Improving Women’s Health

Huffington Post: A Year in Review: Teaching the Next Generation of Doctors in Tanzania Maureen Ries, obstetrician-gynecologist and deputy chief medical officer at Seed Global Health “…Maternal mortality was not cut to the extent targeted by 2015, but there was significant progress made. Globally, the maternal mortality ratio dropped 45…