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Devex Interviews U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Birx On PEPFAR’s Future

Devex: The HIV ‘emergency’ isn’t over, says PEPFAR chief “…Devex spoke with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator who directs PEPFAR … While the global development community transitions towards a post-2015 agenda, PEPFAR is itself undergoing a transition — toward greater focus on country ownership, data-driven priorities, and integrated HIV and AIDS treatment…More

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WHO Begins Process Of Implementing Reforms, Decisions Made At WHA

Devex: WHO begins race to meet WHA commitments “The 68th World Health Assembly closed Tuesday with a number of decisions under its belt. Member states approved a global technical strategy for malaria, for one, and a global action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance was adopted as well. But there was no doubt that Ebola took…More

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Successes In Developing Countries Responsible For Drop In World’s Hungry Population, Report…

Media outlets discuss the U.N.’s recently released State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 report. Agence France-Presse: U.N. targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall “The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the U.N. started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organization…More

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Despite Ebola Epidemic’s Lessons, Disease Outbreaks Remain Largest Health Threat To Humans

Vox: The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race “…No one can say we weren’t warned. And warned. And warned. A pandemic disease is the most predictable catastrophe in the history of the human race, if only because it has happened to the human race so many, many times before…” (Klein, 5/27).

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People Diagnosed With HIV Should Begin Treatment Immediately, Study Shows

News outlets report on findings from the START trial, which show early treatment following HIV diagnosis provides greater benefits than postponing therapy. CQ Roll Call: Fauci Urges Early Start for HIV Treatment Based on New Study Findings “Results from a global study reinforce a United States policy of urging people infected with HIV to start…More

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Illicit Tobacco Trade Poses Global Health Concerns, WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency devotes World No Tobacco Day 2015 to combating illegal tobacco trade “One in every 10 cigarettes consumed is illicit, making them cheaper and more accessible to people from low-income groups, as well as to children, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned ahead of this year’s World No Tobacco…More

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U.S. Sends Food Aid Shipment To Sudan; WFP Warns 40% Of South Sudanese At Risk Of Acute Hunger

Agence France-Presse: U.S. sends huge food aid shipment to Sudan for conflict areas “Nearly 50,000 tonnes of U.S. food aid bound for areas of Sudan affected by conflict arrived in the country on Tuesday, the U.N. World Food Programme said…” (5/26). Bloomberg Business: South Sudan Faces Worst Hunger Level in Four Years, WFP Says “South…More

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Humanitarian, Medical Situation Becoming Increasingly Dire In Yemen, Aid Agencies Say

New York Times: Medical Need Climbs Alongside Death Toll in Yemen “Airstrikes by a Saudi-led military coalition were said to have killed at least 80 people in Yemen on Wednesday, and the World Health Organization warned that roughly one-third of the country’s population was in urgent need of medical care…” (Kalfood/Fahim, 5/27). Reuters: Yemen faces…More

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Number Of South Korea MERS Cases Rises To 7

Reuters: South Korea’s tally of MERS cases at seven; one suspected patient heads to China “South Korea’s tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China…” (Kim/Seungyun, 5/28).

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Ukraine Activists Warn Of Impending HIV Treatment Shortages

Agence France-Presse: Ukraine faces looming HIV treatment shortage “A group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS. … Activists link the problem to a law adopted last year allowing drug suppliers to receive full…More

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Peruvian Congress Rejects Proposal To Allow Pregnant Rape Victims Access To Legal Abortion

Reuters: Peru lawmakers reject bill to allow pregnant rape victims an abortion “Peruvian rape victims who have become pregnant have no legal option but to keep an unwanted pregnancy after Congress voted against a bill to legalize abortion in such cases, an issue that has divided ordinary Peruvians. The vote, late on Tuesday, meant the…More

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The Guardian Features Analysis Of MDGs 4, 5

The Guardian published several pieces on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which focus on maternal and child health. The Guardian: What are the Millennium Development Goals on child mortality and maternal health all about? “MDG4 aims to reduce child mortality, while MDG5 is focused on improving maternal health…” (Kweifio-Okai/Galatsidas, 5/28). The Guardian: Millennium Development…More

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Global Food Security Act Amendments Recognize WASH As Vital To Improving Nutrition, Health

The Hill: Way to go, Poe Susan Barnett, founder of Faiths for Safe Water “…When the U.S. invests in reducing hunger and increasing global health and development, it is vital that WASH (water/sanitation/hygiene) always be included in the plan. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) understands this well. He recently inserted a few, very key words into…More

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Collective Action Among Governments Necessary To Address Transnational Global Health Threats

Vox: We already know how to save the world. Now we need a strategy to make it happen. Steven Hoffman, assistant professor of law at the University of Ottawa with courtesy appointments at McMaster University and Harvard University “…Global health has never before received so much money or such prominence on political agendas. The real…More

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