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International Community Should Commit To Improving Access To Surgical Care

Global Health NOW: Do We Have a Right to Surgery? The Case for Access to All Rolvix Patterson, medical and public health student at Tufts University School of Medicine and research associate at Harvard’s Program for Global Surgery and Social Change, and Jacquelyn Corley, neurological surgery resident at Duke University…

Crisis In Syria Shows U.N. Must Reform Its System For Providing Humanitarian Aid

Foreign Affairs: How U.N. Humanitarian Aid Has Propped Up Assad Annie Sparrow, assistant professor of global health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York “…The Syrian government’s ability to hijack the most expensive humanitarian effort on record signals a need for the U.N. to reform…

India’s Supreme Court Lays Foundation For LGBT Rights In Country

New York Times: A Win for LGBT Rights in India Editorial Board “…[In India,] the recent groundbreaking, unanimous decision of the country’s top court to overturn a colonial-era ban on consensual gay sex was a welcome affirmation of human dignity. … [T]here is still much work to do, and one…

Upcoming Global Meetings Serve As Opportunity To Advance Action On Tobacco Control

Devex: Opinion: Tobacco is a huge health threat. So why aren’t we doing more about it? Ryan Forrest, policy and advocacy officer at the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control, and Francis Thompson, executive director at the FCA “…This October, governments who are parties to the global tobacco control treaty…

The Lancet Publishes Editorials Discussing Global Efforts On NCDs, Including Cancer

The Lancet: NCD Countdown 2030: strengthening accountability Editorial Board “One of the most powerful forces to emerge from the MDG era has been the idea of accountability. … Governments prefer mutual accountability. But … [w]hat is needed is independent accountability … This week, The Lancet, in collaboration with public health…

Indian Government Must Not Ignore Country’s Mental Health Challenges

Livemint: India’s ignored mental health challenge Editorial Board “…The five research papers released by the India State-level Disease Burden Initiative last week and published in The Lancet family of journals deserve attention … Each report focuses on a specific non-communicable disease (NCD) … and aims to inform Modicare’s state-specific planning.…

Strong Pandemic Preparedness Requires Sustained Political Commitment, Effective Leadership

Washington Post: Our lack of pandemic preparedness could prove deadly Tom Inglesby, director, and Eric Toner, senior scholar, both at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security “…Nature continues to create serious biological threats, with the possibility of a deadly new pandemic influenza perhaps the most worrying. Far less recognized,…

Ending Global TB Requires Commitment Of Leaders, Additional Resources

Washington Post: Tuberculosis is curable. So why are so many people still dying of the disease? Editorial Board “…[Millions of people infected with TB] remain undetected and untreated. … The effort has been neglected for too long. On Sept. 26, world leaders at the United Nations will hold the first…

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