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U.S. Should Invest In West Africa’s Health Care Infrastructure

Roll Call: Spike in West Africa Ebola Cases Shows Need to Address Underlying Health Care Needs Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) “…The lesson from [the West Africa Ebola epidemic] is clear: For our own safety and for the long-term stability of the African economy we need to assist with investments in…

Investment In Innovation Critical To Achieving Health-Related SDGs

Devex: We won’t meet health-related SDGs if we don’t invest in innovation Amie Batson, chief strategy officer at PATH “The sustainable development goals won’t be finalized until September, but people are already debating whether we can reach them. At least for the proposed health targets one thing is clear, they…

Vaccine Necessary To Prevent Another MERS Outbreak

IRIN: MERS’s best friend is ignorance, so it’s time to wise up Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press “…The [MERS] disease and death toll …, the social and economic disruption as well as the fear and political strife South Korea is experiencing will likely ratchet up the pressure…

Advocates, Practitioners Call For Scale-Up Of Community Health Workers In Sub-Saharan Africa

Huffington Post: A Call to Scale-Up Community Health Workers Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Sonia Sachs of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University on behalf of the 1 Million CHW Campaign “Public health officials and practitioners from around Africa and from international…

Israel’s Abortion Policy Infringes Upon Women’s Basic Human Rights

New York Times: Israel’s Abortion Committees Mairav Zonszein, journalist and translator “I knew Israeli law required that all abortions be approved by a committee. I also knew that the procedure was widely accessible. … The idea that anyone but me had the power to decide my family’s fate and mine…

Congress Should Permanently End ‘Global Gag Rule’

The Hill: Let’s finally end the global gag rule Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government relations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “The good news is that recent efforts to expand family planning access globally have…

Trade Agreements Should Focus On Medical R&D, Not Intellectual Property Rights

The Hill: TPP should protect patients, not patents James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International “…Among the controversial provisions [of the Trans-Pacific Partnership] are proposals to mandate extended patent terms, require a 12-year monopoly on the evidence used to register pricy biologic drugs, ramp up the enforcement of rights, make…

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