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Bipartisan Bill Would Help Solidify U.S. Strategy To End Preventable Maternal, Child Mortality

The Hill: Maternal mortality is a problem we can solve Diana Ohlbaum, independent consultant, co-chair of the Accountability Working Group of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and principal of Turner4D “…The reasons why progress [toward ending preventable maternal and child deaths] has been lagging are technically simple but politically complex.…

Obama Administration Should Make TB Top Priority

New York Times: Why Tuberculosis Is Back Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS “…[T]he biggest problem we face with tuberculosis is not scientific. It’s political. TB has climbed up the list of major killers worldwide, but it’s stuck at the bottom of the list of political priorities. We need look…

Blog Post Explores ‘Tobacco Carve-Out’ In TPP, Public Health Implications

Health Affairs Blog: Trade, Health, And Tobacco Exceptionalism: The TPP Tobacco Carve-Out Wendy E. Parmet, an associate dean and professor at Northeastern University School of Law and director of the school’s Program on Health Policy and Law, discusses “the so-called tobacco carve-out” in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and its…

PEPFAR Serves As Example Of Well-Executed Bipartisan Global Health Initiative

Huffington Post: The Benefits of Bipartisanship Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS “…Last Friday, former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist launched a landmark [Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)] report entitled: ‘The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR.’ In it,…

No Government Should Interfere With Women’s Reproductive Rights; U.S. Should Continue To Invest In Family Planning, Reproductive Health Programs

TIME: The End of China’s One-Child Policy Isn’t Enough Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “…Until China promotes a fully rights-based, voluntary family planning program, it is supporting the continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies. No government and no politician should interfere with the…

UNAIDS Capitol Hill Event Speakers Note Progress Toward Ending AIDS

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HIV fighters look ahead to “Heartbreak Hill” and reclaimed dreams Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” summarizes comments made Thursday by HIV experts, including NIAID Director Anthony Fauci; Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS;…

Some Experts Criticize Republican Efforts To Block USAID Administrator Nominee, Say Attempts Weaken U.S. Humanitarian Responses

Al Jazeera: U.S. foreign aid becomes political pickle “…Critics say Republican attempts to block Gayle Smith, U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are weakening the American response to humanitarian crises in places like Syria and Ukraine…” (Sheridan, 11/6).

Reaching Key Populations Vital To Ending Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Newsweek: Ending AIDS Means Leaving No One Behind William Oates, content editor at AVERT “…Despite significant progress in countries with generalized [HIV] epidemics, certain groups — including the LBGT community and young women in particular — are at a heightened risk of HIV. … Reaching these key populations is vital…

Empowering Women, Girls Essential To Improving Community Health, Environmental Conservation

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Empowering Women and Girls for a Better, Healthier Planet Elizabeth Jordan, director of the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, discusses the work of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and the link between gender equality, health, and conservation. Jordan writes, “JGI’s work across Africa…

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