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U.S. Reports First Locally Acquired Cases Of Chikungunya; Puerto Rico Declares Epidemic

News outlets report on the first locally acquired case of chikungunya virus reported in the U.S., as Puerto Rico declares the disease epidemic. Associated Press: Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic “Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced…

PrEP Programs Gain Momentum As Solution To AIDS Epidemic

Huffington Post: New Momentum on PrEP, But Critical Needs Are Overlooked Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…PrEP [(the use of a daily medication that reduces the risk of HIV infection)] is an option for many people, not only for gay men. … Global health leaders should be working, now,…

Protect Dignity, Human Rights Of Central American Child Migrants, Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Easing plight of child migrants fleeing Central America requires ‘compassionate solutions’ — Ban “Deeply concerned by the ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Wednesday] called for governments of countries where the children start, continue, or finish their journeys, to protect…

U.S. Investments In Global Health Innovations Important For Economic Growth, Diplomacy

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Investing in global health innovation=smart power Marissa Chmiola, communications officer at GHTC, discusses the importance of American businesses and NGOs to invest in global health innovations because it “not only supports domestic and international health improvements and economic growth, but also serves as an important…

TPP Would Limit Countries’ Abilities To Make, Purchase Low-Cost Generic Medicines

Huffington Post: TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People’s Health Manica Balasegaram, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign “…The ability to manufacture and/or purchase low-cost generic medicines requires maintaining a balance in a country’s patent system between monopoly protection and public health. Yet, the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)]…

‘Shared Values’ Needed To Tackle Health, Development Challenges

Huffington Post: Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships David Olson, global health communications expert “…Nowadays, it’s widely recognized that more stakeholders need to be consulted, both in the design and the execution of an intervention. Does this make the process more messy and complicated? It sure does, but…

Shah Speaks About Impact Investing In Forbes Interview

Forbes: USAID, Pope Francis, And Impact Investing In an interview, Forbes contributor Rahim Kanani speaks with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah about his “participation in last month’s impact investing conference at the Vatican, how USAID harnesses private capital to fight poverty, the future of impact investing, and more…” (Kanani, 7/11).

USAID’s LGBT Vision For Action Working To Improve Rights

USAID’s “Impact”: Moving Forward with USAID’s LGBT Vision for Action Todd Larson, the senior LGBT coordinator at USAID, discusses USAID’s LGBT Vision for Action, the agency’s efforts to improve LGBT rights worldwide, and Pride Month, recognized in June (7/14).