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Global Fund Withdrawal From Romania Negatively Impacting HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Reflecting on a visit to Bucharest last week in an effort “to understand the origin of the recent outbreak of HIV among people who use drugs in the city,” Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, writes in the Huffington Post U.K.’s…

Ensuring HIV/AIDS Treatment For MSM, Drug Users In Russia Is Human Rights Issue

Noting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “new ban on ‘homosexual agendas,'” Frank Wong, an associate professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, writes in an Al Jazeera opinion piece, “Putin’s anti-homosexuality agenda is only one part of a much larger problem. Not all Russian citizens are entitled…

The Guardian Examines Guatemala’s Plan To Reduce Child Malnutrition

“According to the World Bank, Guatemala has the third-highest rate of chronic malnutrition, or stunted growth,” in the world, The Guardian reports. However, “[r]educing malnutrition is a priority for the government,” the newspaper states, noting a recent visit by Guatemala Vice President Roxana Baldetti to Pamumus, a village outside Guatemala…

Europe Risks Re-Introduction Of Polio From Israel, Report Says

“Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report [.pdf]” released this week, Bloomberg News reports. “Poliovirus was identified in 91…

U.K. Should ‘Seize The Moment’ And Increase Donation To Global Fund

British Secretary of State for Development Justine Greening, along with Prime Minister David Cameron, “faces one of the most important decisions she will make as secretary of state: how much to allocate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Adrian Lovett, Europe director of ONE, writes in…

Countries Must Work Together To Defeat AIDS, TB And Malaria

“Liberia and Sweden might seem to be worlds apart. But in today’s interconnected world, the challenge of defeating poverty, gender inequality and infectious diseases is truly part of a single universal aspiration,” Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlson write in the Huffington Post’s…

Examining Disease Burden In Europe And Central Asia

In a guest post on Humanosphere, Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses the recently released reports from IHME and the World Bank on regional disease burdens. “One of the six reports, ‘Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence,…

U.K. Development Official Discusses Efforts To End FGM

The Guardian features a video interview with U.K. Under-Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone, who discusses how ending female genital mutilation (FGM) is a priority for the U.K. government. She talks about the importance of reporting cases of FGM, which is illegal in the U.K.; collecting information and…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. “Sohni Dean and colleagues identify the most important research areas for improving pre-conception care for women in low- and middle-income countries,” including integration of care into the wider health care…

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