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U.S. Government Blog Posts Discuss Findings From New Lancet Series On Breastfeeding

The following blog posts discuss findings from a new series of papers on breastfeeding published by The Lancet. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Healthy Beginnings: New Evidence Cites Breastfeeding’s Health Benefits for Moms, Babies, and Economies Elizabeth Fox, director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global…

Blog Posts Examine Zika Virus Outbreak, Disease Prevention, Response

Chatham House: Zika Is Not the New Ebola Michael Edelstein, consultant research fellow, and Brian McCloskey, senior consulting fellow, both at the Centre on Global Health Security, write, “While some lessons from the Ebola outbreak can be applied, this new threat presents a different challenge and needs a different response…”…

U.S. Officials Work To Calm Fears Over Zika Virus, Move Vaccine Research Forward

CQ News: Zika Seen as Limited in U.S., but Officials Warn Against Travel “Federal health officials expect only limited outbreaks within the United States of the mosquito-spread Zika virus that is thought to be linked to birth defects but cautioned pregnant travelers to avoid more than 20 countries in South…

Global Health Diplomacy Provides Vehicle For Advancing International Relations, Global Health Goals Simultaneously

The Lancet Global Health: New roles for global health: diplomatic, security, and foreign policy responsiveness Sebastian Kevany, international policy specialist at the University of California, San Francisco “…With the ascendancy of the global health diplomacy paradigm, both bilateral and multilateral donors now have a powerful and unique opportunity to pursue…

U.S. Special Envoy Hopeful Southern African Nations Making Progress On Gay Rights

Thomson Reuters Foundation: “Seeds of hope” for gay rights in Africa, says special U.S. envoy “Southern Africa is moving towards greater acceptance of sexual and gender minorities though there is still a long way to go, the United States’ first special envoy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…

Editorial, Letters To Editor, Opinion Pieces Address Zika Virus Response

New York Times: Zika Virus Requires an Urgent Response Editorial Board “…It is imperative that the World Health Organization not repeat its sluggish response to the Ebola crisis and act urgently this time to mobilize international action [against Zika virus]. … Regrettably … the World Health Organization seems, once again,…

Senators Urge President Obama To Increase Funding To Support National TB Action Plan

Humanosphere: Without money, effort to stop TB becomes ‘another plan on the shelf’ Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses TB activists’ and senators’ call for more funding to support the recently launched National Action Plan to Address Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, citing a recent letter signed by seven senators stating, “Without an increase…