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Opinions: U.S. Support For Maternal, Child Health; Infection Control At Borders; The AMFm Model; International Affairs Budget; Organizations Supporting Women

U.S. Government Must Continue To Support Maternal And Child Health When Mother’s Day is recognized on Sunday, “let’s honor motherhood itself by giving all moms the gift they want most – the chance to deliver and raise healthy children,” former Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), who serve…

Save The Children Releases Annual Global Mother’s Index

Afghanistan is “the worst place to be a mother, with women having a life expectancy of 45 years – the world’s lowest – and one of every 11 women dying in childbirth,” according to Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report, the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports.

Opinions: NCDs Must Be Tackled Worldwide; Myths Surround Usefulness Of Foreign Aid

NCDs Are A Global Problem That Must Be Tackled Jake Marcus, a post-bachelor fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, examines why non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been a neglected part of global health care in a New Republic opinion piece. “Part of the problem is the outdated worldview that…

Also In Global Health News: Vietnamese Condom Campaign Fails; MIT Global Health Class; U.N. CERF’s Annual Report; Pakistan AIDS Program Signs MoU With U.N. Women; China’s Foreign Aid Goals

Vietnam HIV/STD Prevention Campaign Fails To Increase Condom Use Among Sex Workers A five-year nationwide HIV and STD prevention campaign aimed at sex workers in Vietnam has not been successful in increasing condom use, health officials attending a two-day conference in Hanoi said on Wednesday, Viet Nam News reports. Nguyen…

Opinions: Keep Smallpox Samples; Cholera In Haiti; ‘Bad Milk’ In Haiti; Haitian President-Elect; Corruption; World Malaria Day Opinion Roundup

Last Smallpox Samples Should Not Be Destroyed “We fully agree that these samples should – and eventually will – be destroyed. However, we also recognize that the timing of this destruction will determine whether we continue to live with the risk of the disease re-emerging through deliberate misuse of the virus by…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Will Health Ministers Come Up With A Solution For Smallpox Virus?: When health ministers gather for the World Health Assembly in May they will try to come up with a solution to “a dilemma that has dogged decision-makers for decades – whether and when to destroy the last remaining stocks of…

UNITAID Has Raised $2B Through Airline Tax Since 2006, Could Be Model For G20 Development Funding, UNITAID Chair Says

UNITAID, an international drug financing program established to help fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries, has raised about $2 billion since 2006 through taxes on airline tickets in 15 countries, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of the UNITAID executive board, told reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. According to Douste-Blazy, UNITAID’s experience could provide a model for G20 development funding efforts.