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Countries Should Incorporate Surgery Into National Health Frameworks

New York Times: Surgery: The Neglected Stepchild of Global Health Emily Bruno, medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and global surgery research associate with Harvard Medical School, and Mark G. Shrime, research director for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School…

Global Community Should Adopt Human Rights-Based Approach Toward People Who Use Drugs

Huffington Post: The World Needs a Healthier, Rights-based Approach Towards People Who Use Drugs Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS “…In a new report, ‘Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs,’ UNAIDS presents the evidence for what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other…

U.S. Should Ratify U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child

TIME: Obama Should Take Action to Protect the World’s Children Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “U.S. ratification of the [U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)] is long overdue. … The benefits of U.S. ratification are clear. It would help restore…

Congress Should Approve Zika Funding, Not Divert Resources From Ebola Response

Huffington Post: Congress’ Big Gamble On the Health of America’s Children by Defunding Ebola to Fund Zika Thomas Kenyon, president and CEO of Project HOPE “…Diverting resources from Ebola makes little sense … Congress needs to approve the money to fight Zika, and quickly. By not providing appropriate funding for…

Opinion Pieces Highlight Drug Policy Issues Being Discussed At U.N. Special Session

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why the ‘war on drugs’ isn’t working Francis Chimenya, Community Advisory Board member of the Johns Hopkins Research Project-Malawi and a member of Key Correspondents “Public health experts are calling for reforms to drugs policies … Many countries continue to focus on reducing supply and depend on…

Global Community Should Invest In, Address Challenges Of Global Mental Health

Huffington Post: Addressing Global Mental Health Challenges and Finding Solutions Inka Weissbecker, global mental health and psychosocial adviser at International Medical Corps “…Although long stigmatized and often down-played as nations set their health care priorities, development strategies, and allocate budgets, failure to address mental health issues carry enormous social and…

Though Ebola No Longer PHEIC, Global Community Must Continue Broader Response Efforts

The Lancet: Ebola PHEIC is over but emergency continues Editorial Board “…[A]lthough the [Ebola] outbreak is no longer characterized by WHO as [a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC),] it was still highlighted that there is an urgent need for continued and full international and technical support to prevent,…

Cash Transfers Should Be Considered As Cost-Effective Solution To Achieving SDGs

Project Syndicate: Unsustainable Development Goals? Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and director of the Global Economic Governance Program at the University of Oxford “…To maximize the chances of success [in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] … every dollar channeled toward development [must be] used as…

Congress Should Act Quickly To Respond To Zika

New York Times: On Zika, Congress Is Failing to Do Its Job Editorial Board “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that the Zika virus causes brain damage in babies born to infected women, which adds to the growing evidence that the virus is a major public health…

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