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More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance “…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and…

U.S. Must Step Up Efforts To Help West African Nations Address Ebola

New York Times: The Sluggish Fight Against Ebola Editorial Board “Efforts by the United States, other nations and international organizations to curb the widening epidemic of Ebola in West Africa are falling short — too little help arriving too late. … The United States can do better than this. Even…

Development Efforts Should Focus On Women, Girls

The following opinion pieces discuss focusing development efforts around women and adolescent girls. Huffington Post: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…In this week’s issue of the prestigious magazine Science, Melinda Gates weaves together her personal…

Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible

The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator “…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME)…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding West African Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: The world yawns as Ebola takes hold in West Africa Richard Besser, chief health editor at ABC News “…There’s no cure for Ebola, but supportive treatment as simple as supplementary fluids can save lives and…

Development Initiatives Should Focus On Women’s Empowerment

Science: Putting women and girls at the center of development Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women’s empowerment. By ignoring gender inequities, many development projects fail to achieve their objective. And when development organizations…

U.S. Global Health Engagement Must Be Flexible, Adaptable

The Lancet: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control: a crucial actor in global health Johanna Hanefeld of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…At the heart of U.S. [global health] engagement is a tension between an agency accountable to domestic policy audiences — the U.S. Congress and through…

Oxfam America Report Examines World Bank’s Investments In For-Profit Health In Africa

Huffington Post: World Bank Group’s For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America “…In [World Bank] President Jim Kim’s own words, ‘achieving universal health coverage and equity in health are central to reaching the [Bank's] global goals to end extreme…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces discuss ongoing issues in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Nature: Ebola: time to act Editorial Board “…It cannot be repeated enough that public health measures and good old-fashioned epidemiological tracking of the infected and their contacts will bring this outbreak…

SDGs Must Contain Clear Goals, Practical Targets

New York Times: How to Prioritize U.N. Goals Abhijit Banerjee, international professor of economics at MIT, and Varad Pande, sustainability science fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School “…What is needed now is a clear, concise set of objectives [for the Sustainable Development Goals]. Without them, the entire project is in…