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‘DR-TB Manifesto’ Demands More Action Against Drug-Resistant TB

The Guardian: Meet the 23-year-old TB survivor taking on South Africa’s patent laws Phumeza Tisile, co-author of the DR-TB Manifesto and XDR-TB survivor “…The DR-TB Manifesto makes three demands: first, everyone should have access to testing and treatment for drug-resistant TB. Even though new rapid diagnostics are becoming more available,…

Building Health Systems’ Capacity Can Prevent Future Health Emergencies

The Guardian: Ebola cannot be cured but West Africa’s epidemic may have been preventable Lisa Denney, research fellow in the politics and governance program at the Overseas Development Institute “…[Ebola] is plaguing three of the countries least equipped to cope with it [-- Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone]. … To…

U.N. Should Include NCDs In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Inter Press Service: Fighting Killer Diseases Is Essential in the Post-2015 Agenda Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “…[T]he Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the MDGs in 2015 must expand the list of health goals to include non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — the world’s #1 killer. ……

CDC Works To Protect Americans Through Global Health Focus

The Lancet: Global health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anne Schuchat, Jordan Tappero, and John Blandford of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…The world is more interconnected than ever, and weak links in public health capacity anywhere can have profound effects at distant locations. Governments…

Quality As Important As Access In Universal Health Coverage

New England Journal of Medicine: Putting Quality on the Global Health Agenda Kirstin Scott and Ashish Jha of the Initiative on Global Health Quality in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health “…Universal health coverage has been proposed as a potential umbrella goal for…

Congress Should Work To Pass Electrify Africa Act

Roll Call: Electrify Africa, Energize Africa, and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run Tony Elumelu, chair of Heirs Holdings Limited and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation “…The shortage of energy in Africa obstructs progress in health care, education, food security, and all forms of industrial and…

Ebola Outbreak Presents Numerous Challenges In West Africa

Washington Post: West Africa faces challenges to contain the Ebola outbreak Meredith Dyson, health program manager with Catholic Relief Services in Sierra Leone “The June 30 [Washington Post] editorial ‘Ebola, unchecked’ highlighted the severity of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa but inadequately portrayed the challenges faced by the governments…

Men’s Involvement In Family Planning Will Increase Women’s Choices

Huffington Post: Fertility and the World Cup in Haiti Anick Supplice Dupuy, deputy director of PSI Haiti “…The challenge we face is how to get men to be as interested in women’s health issues as they are in soccer. … If we can give men the skills to understand the…

‘Urgent’ Global Action Needed To Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Financial Times: Keep medicine out of the dark ages “David Cameron has added his voice to increasingly urgent warnings by the world’s public health leaders about the growth of antibiotic resistance. Besides talking about a return to ‘the dark ages of medicine’ if we lose our power to kill microbes,…