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PLOS Blog Post Discusses NTDs As Global Health Threats

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Global Health Security and the NTDs “Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on President Obama’s call for global action to prepare for future disease outbreaks and to treat biological threats as issues of national and global security…” (9/29).

Increasing Pledges To Fight Ebola Not Translating To Aid Implementation

News outlets report pledges to assist in the West African Ebola outbreak are increasing, but aid is slow to be implemented. Inter Press Service: Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging “Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing…

U.S. Doctor Exposed To Ebola In West Africa Arrives At NIH For Observation

News outlets report on the admission of a U.S. doctor who was exposed to Ebola in West Africa to the NIH in Maryland for observation and enrollment in a clinical study. The Hill: NIH to admit patient exposed to Ebola “The National Institutes of Health will admit a patient who was…

How ‘Big Data’ Missed Early Warning Signs Of Ebola

Foreign Policy: Why Big Data Missed the Early Warning Signs of Ebola “With the Centers for Disease Control now forecasting up to 1.4 million new infections from the current Ebola outbreak, what could ‘big data’ do to help us identify the earliest warnings of future outbreaks and track the movements…

Obama Calls For Strengthened Outbreak Preparedness At Global Health Security Agenda Meeting

News outlets report on a meeting among world leaders and public health officials held on Friday at the White House to discuss the Global Health Security Agenda. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry called for more preparations for disease outbreaks, including long-term strategic planning. The Hill: Obama urges…

Medill-USA Today Investigation Finds Inefficiencies In U.S. Food Aid Program

USA Today: Hunger pains: U.S. food program struggles to move forward “After more than 60 years of feeding the world’s hungry overseas, the U.S. Agency for International Development is scrambling to overhaul the world’s largest government food assistance program. The U.S. spends more than half of its international food aid…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

The following editorial and opinion pieces address various aspects of the West African Ebola outbreak and the international community’s response. New York Times: Losing the Race Against Ebola Editorial Board “…[Confronting the Ebola outbreak] is a task of mind-boggling complexity, requiring international assistance on a massive scale. … Faster action…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of Investing In Family Planning

In recognition of World Contraception Day, which takes place each year on September 26, the following opinion pieces discuss the importance of family planning on society’s health. Devex: Why contraceptives? Here are the top 5 benefits Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, and Jill Sheffield, founder and president of Women…

U.S. Officials Discuss Global Health Security In Relation To Ebola

In blog posts, U.S. officials discuss U.S. and international efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic. U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: A Grand Challenge To Help Health Care Workers Fight Ebola USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discusses President Obama’s announcement of a “new Grand Challenge for Development to generate pioneering solutions that…