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Improving Access To Vaccines Vital To Increase Childhood Immunization Coverage, WHO DG Says

Financial Times: Anti-vaxxers distract from a more serious threat Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization “If everything you knew about vaccines came from social media, you could be forgiven for thinking global immunization rates are collapsing under a torrent of misinformation from anti-vaccine activists sowing seeds…

Ending Hunger, Addressing Obesity Critical To Achieving SDG 2

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Opinion: Bolder actions are needed to eradicate hunger and fight obesity José Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “Our food systems are distorted, and unless bolder actions are taken soon to fix them, humanity is at grave risk of increasing…

Opinion Piece Presents 5 Steps To More Effectively Address DRC Ebola Outbreak

The Guardian: The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee “It is almost a year since an Ebola outbreak was formally declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern provinces of Ituri and…

Private Sector Must Play Role In Ensuring Gender Equality

Devex: Opinion: Using the power of the private sector to deliver on gender equality Mary-Ann Etiebet, lead and executive director of MSD for Mothers, and Anna Van Acker, president and managing director at Merck Canada Inc. “…All of us recognize that when women are healthy, productive, and active, the effect…

Building Awareness Vital To Preventing, Treating Leishmaniasis

The Conversation: Leishmaniasis needs more attention: it causes skin lesions, and can kill Ramona Hurdayal, lecturer and team leader at the Leishmaniasis Research Group at the University of Cape Town, and Raphael Taiwo Aruleba, PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town “…Leishmaniasis was first identified in the 1900s. Since…

Political, Financial Commitment, Sustained Action Needed To End Violence Against Children

Project Syndicate: No Excuse for Violence Against Children Etienne Krug, director of the WHO’s Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence, and Injury Prevention (NVI); Zoleka Mandela, writer and activist; and Howard Taylor, executive director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (GPEVAC) “…[V]iolence, mental and sexual…

Opinion Piece Discusses SheDecides Movement

Devex: Opinion: How to build a SRHR movement Robin Gorna, writer, advocate, strategist, and former lead of SheDecides support team “…Here are some of the lessons learned from those early days [of the SheDecides movement]. As the strategy emerged, champions debated whether the movement should focus principally on bad policies…

Accountability, Humanitarian Relief Needed To Help Syrians

The Guardian: Syrians are watching their crops burn. These crimes of starvation must end Mohammad Kanfash, director of Damaan Humanitarian Organization, and Ali al-Jasem, consultant and researcher at the Center for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University “…The Assad government has relentlessly used a ‘kneel or starve’ strategy during the war…