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Efforts To End AIDS, TB, Malaria Epidemics, Build Strong Health Systems Inseparable

Devex: Opinion: The false dichotomy between ending epidemics and building health systems Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “Is it better to improve people’s health by tackling specific diseases or by strengthening health systems? That’s a perennial debate in the global health…

Achieving SDGs Requires Governments To Carefully Monitor Domestic Budgets For Efficiencies

Devex: Opinion: Achieving the SDGs will require more than domestic resource mobilization Sanjeev Gupta, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “According to a recent IMF analysis, [low-income developing countries (LIDCs)] will need resources equal to 14.4 percent of their gross domestic product on average to meet the Sustainable…

Multi-Sector, Integrated Approach Critical To Eradicating TB In Africa

Project Syndicate: Winning the War on Tuberculosis Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and former prime minister of Niger “…Infectious diseases have no borders, and as African countries deepen their trade ties and intra-Africa migration grows, the threat of regional pandemics will only increase.…

U.S. Foreign Assistance Vital To Ending FGM, Empowering Women, Girls Worldwide

The Hill: U.S. foreign aid empowers women and girls worldwide Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), vice ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee “…[Sierra Leone] has one of the highest rates of [female genital mutilation (FGM)] globally, and each year more than three million girls are at risk of undergoing…

War, Conflict Threaten Global Public Health

The Lancet: DR Congo: managing Ebola virus in war Editorial Board “The latest Ebola virus outbreak across DR Congo is testing international and local health responses under conditions of extreme stress. The country is deep in a protracted conflict, and efforts to control Ebola virus in the conflict zone are…

Digital Technology Can Help Improve Health Care Access, Quality For All

Project Syndicate: The Global Promise of Digital Health Ann Aerts, head of the Novartis Foundation, and Harald Nusser, head of Novartis Social Business “…[T]he ongoing digital revolution will allow us to improve health care in ways that were hard to imagine just a few years ago. … We need only…

Global Community Must Address Bullying To Ensure Health, Well-Being Of Adolescents

Devex: Opinion: Bullying needs to be addressed at every level of our communities. Here’s how. Christina Juan, researcher with the Demographic and Health Surveys Program, and Chisina Kapungu, senior gender and youth specialist for YouthPower Learning at the International Center for Research on Women “…Sadly, according to the World Health…

Global Community Must Hold Governments Accountable To TB Commitments Made At UNHLM

Inter Press Service: TB Remains World’s Single Largest Infectious Killer, says WHO Mandy Slutsker, policy and advocacy manager for ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership’s Secretariat “…On September 26, heads of state met in New York for the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB and committed to finding all…

Scientific Innovation Vital To Ensuring African Farmers Can Produce Crops, Conserve Environment Simultaneously

Inter Press Service: Conserving Africa’s Precious Resource Base While Fighting Hunger Kalongo Chitengi, Zambia country director at Self Help Africa “…African farmers need scientific innovation — from low to high tech — to face [the challenges that are keeping crop yields low]. Yet preserving Africa’s environment, its most precious resources…

Everyone Must Commit To Prioritizing Mental Health

The Guardian: 800,000 people kill themselves every year. What can we do? Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, and Lady Gaga, co-founder of Born This Way Foundation “…Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address.…

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