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Understanding Ebola Is Vital, But Helping Those In Need Is A Priority

New York Times: Ebola Virus: A Grim, African Reality David Quammen, author of “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” Ebolaviruses’ “invisible immanence makes them all the more dangerous during those lulls between outbreaks, and for that reason ecological research — efforts to find the reservoir hosts, and to…

U.S. Investments In Global Health Save Lives, Maintain National Security

In an opinion piece published in the latest edition of PSI’s Impact magazine, Reps. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) write, “As lawmakers and co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance, we have a fiscal responsibility to ensure that American dollars are being spent wisely and effectively.…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…

Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Damage Global Health

Huffington Post: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is “a pending trade deal between the U.S. and 11 Asian trading partners. Despite…

Action Now Can Prevent Worsening Hunger, Malnutrition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Is more hunger and malnutrition inevitable? Not necessarily Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR “…Investment in agricultural innovation is key. And we need to do more of it — soon. Some of the most effective ways to deal with climate change, such as adapting crop varieties and livestock…

Health Sector Should Adopt Human-Rights Based Approach To Gender-Based Violence

Devex: Health workers can help break the silence around violence against women Constance Newman, senior team leader for gender equality and health at IntraHealth International “…Violence against women exists in epidemic proportions, but it is so normalized and accepted that people don’t recognize it as the large-scale health and human…

Opinion Pieces Examine Achievements, Challenges In Rwanda Since 1994 Genocide

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the following opinion pieces discuss the country’s achievements in development as well as challenges the country faces. Huffington Post: The Next Frontier in Rwanda Mark Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Save the Children “… There is much…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7. The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition “…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of…

More Effort Needed To Guarantee Reproductive Rights For All

Huffington Post U.K.: More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All Lynne Featherstone, U.K. parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development “…[W]hy after 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and 58 years of the Commissions on the Status Women, are reproductive rights still being used…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address World Health Day Issues

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized on April 7 and this year focused on vector-borne diseases. CNN: World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6 Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “…It’s easy to…