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Opinion Pieces Recognize World AIDS Day, Discuss Strategies To End Epidemic

CNN: Time to write last chapter on HIV Chris Beyrer, president of the International AIDS Society and Desmond Tutu professor of public health and human rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Anthony S. Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases…

Editorials, Opinion Piece Discuss Reforms To Strengthen WHO’s Responses To Ebola, Other Disease Outbreaks

The Lancet: Ebola: lessons for future pandemics Editorial Board “…[A report from the Harvard-London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola] endorses 10 recommendations across four themes: preventing major outbreaks, responding to outbreaks, research, and governing a global health system that has overall…

Congress Must Take Action To Support Antibiotic R&D

The Hill: Discovery of new superbug gene underscores the need for Congress to act now Johan Bakken, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America “…[A]ntibiotic research and development (R&D) continues to lag behind existing patient needs and upcoming threats. Fortunately, Congress can help combat the threat of these deadly…

OIC Nations Should Work With U.S. Partners, Others To Scale Up NTD Control, Elimination

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Impact of the Neglected Tropical Diseases on Human Development in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Nations Peter J. Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and U.S. science envoy for the Middle East and North Africa; and Jennifer R. Herricks, postdoctoral fellow at Rice…

WHO Executive Board Should Spearhead Global Health Security Conversation To Promote Peace

The Lancet: Offline: What the war against ISIL means for health Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “…The negative effects of ISIL on health are all too clear. First, there will be higher rates of conflict-related mortality. … Second, there will be serious damage to health systems — their infrastructure,…

Pope Francis Should End Catholic Church’s Condom Ban To Help Halt Spread Of HIV

Slate: Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms Justin Lynch, editorial fellow at the New America Foundation and journalist “…[T]he Catholic Church, where its intervention is needed most, has taken a fundamental stance against any use of contraception. … When Pope Francis visit[ed] Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African…

Reforming Global Food Systems Critical To Overcoming Hunger, Malnutrition; Congress Should Pass Global Food Security Act

Inter Press Service: Opinion: Better Nutrition for Better Lives Jomo Kwame Sundaram, coordinator for economic and social development at the Food and Agriculture Organization “…Creating healthy, affordable, and sustainable food systems for all is the most effective way to [overcome hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century]. … Food systems…

Implications Of USAID’s 30% Local Spending Goal Must Be Examined

Devex: Achieving USAID’s 30 percent local spending goal Patrick Fine, chief executive officer of FHI 360 “…An alternative to [USAID’s] current metric that focuses on measuring funding to local organizations would be one that targets program design. For example, a metric requiring that 30 percent of USAID’s financing must be…

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