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Are partnerships the key to making critical progress in Global Health?

When it comes to Global Health, there are a number of challenges that the global health community should be aware of and focused on. Many Read More

Do Mothers Have a Say?

A recent breakthrough in genetic engineering suggests new options in treating genetic diseases while raises ethical concerns. By Yvaine Ye Her phone rang. It was Read More

Global health work: Reflective practice and the joy of letter writing

By Saqib Noor I remember lying in a flimsy hammock, hung between two tall raphia palm trees, swinging gently under a glistening African night sky. I Read More

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Gender-, Social-Based Discrimination, Violence Must Be Addressed To Reduce HIV In Benin

HuffPost: Society Shouldn’t Be A Roadblock To My Right To Health Magalie Nelson, health adviser; Kate Waller, gender adviser; and Bernabe Yameogo, director, all of Plan International Canada’s Global Fund team “…As the civil society Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria HIV Grant in Benin, Plan International is committed…More


NCD Community Can Learn From HIV Prevention, Treatment Strategies

Project Syndicate: AIDS, NCDs, and the ABCs of Organizing Kent Buse, chief of strategic policy directions at UNAIDS, and Laurel Sprague, executive director of the Global Network of People Living with HIV “…As global attention focuses on [noncommunicable diseases (NCD)] prevention, those seeking to control preventable illnesses should look to the ‘ABCs’ of AIDS organizing…More


U.S. House Committee Warns WHO’s IARC Funding Could Be Cut If Transparency Not Improved

Reuters: U.S. House committee ‘may reconsider’ WHO cancer agency funds “U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington’s funding of the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations. In a letter to the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a semi-autonomous…More


Are partnerships the key to making critical progress in Global Health?

When it comes to Global Health, there are a number of challenges that the global health community should be aware of and focused on. Many Read More


NCDs: refocusing our efforts just in time

0000-0002-1767-4576On December 9-11, the second NCDA forum will take place in Sharjah, UAE. The theme of the conference is aptly Stepping up the pace on NCDs: making 2018 count, providing a unique opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society ahead of the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs. For the wider health and non-health audience, this blog post provides an insight into the current state of NCDs, and the exciting road ahead. Taking stock  The global burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) represents a crisis largely of our collective creation and poses a multitude of risks to everyone, everywhere. NCDs are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, with three in four of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.


Pakistan Must Declare Population Control A National Emergency, Welfare Of Women Should Be At…

DAWN: Population emergency Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation “There is no doubt that conducting a population census is an important planning and development tool for a country’s policymakers. … How­ever, for a child born in Pakistan today the census highlights some crucial aspects: geography to a large extent will determine future…More


U.S. Has ‘Critical Role’ To Play In Ensuring Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Rights Globally

HuffPost: How One Woman In Uganda Is Speaking Out Against Gender-Based Violence Seema Jalan, executive director at Universal Access Project “…Women and girls who experience gender-based violence have had their basic human rights violated and are at increased risk of a myriad of other sexual and reproductive health threats, including unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and…More


WHO Supports South Africa’s Decision To Pass Law Taxing Sugary Drinks

WHO: WHO commends South African parliament decision to pass tax bill on sugary drinks “The South African Parliament has taken a brave and powerful step towards promoting the health of the country’s citizens and reducing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, by passing a bill [on Tuesday] to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages,…More


Countries Implementing Policies, Taking Actions To Force Companies To Reduce Sugar, Salt, Fat…

Financial Times: Manufacturers respond to health edicts in food and drink recipes “…President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka marked World Diabetes Day in November by joining a walk in the capital city of Colombo, as he has for the past eight years. This time, however, the country’s president did something unusual. During a speech, he…More


Male ‘Agents Of Change’ Program In Kenya Working To Prevent Gender-Based Violence

News Deeply Women and Girls: Kenyan Men Join the Fight Against Gender-Based Violence “In the slums of Nairobi, male ‘agents of change’ are teaching men and boys how to prevent violence against women and girls in their communities. They tell News Deeply that the fight begins with challenging their own entrenched attitudes about gender…” (Wanzala,…More


Humanitarian Crises Worsen In War-Torn Yemen, Syria, U.N., Aid Agencies Warn

IRIN: U.N. calls for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Yemen as conditions in capital deteriorate “Conditions for civilians in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a are ‘deteriorating by the hour’ after six days of violence, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Monday, as the United Nations called for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in the fighting…” (Slemrod, 12/4).…More


Chemonics Faces December Deadline To Show Improvements In Global Health Supply Chain Project

Devex: Exclusive: Chemonics battles wave of challenges with $9.5B health supply chain project “The contractor managing a multibillion dollar, United States government-funded global health supply chain project has limited time to prove it can overcome a long list of problems that have plagued this lifesaving effort. Chemonics International is under mounting pressure to show that…More


South-South Cooperation Can Advance Humanitarian, Development Goals, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Antalya: South-South cooperation can spur great humanitarian, development impact — U.N. relief official “With actors from the Global South increasingly among the frontline responders in fragile and protracted crises, fully leveraging the comparative advantage of South-South cooperation has the potential to have great humanitarian and development impact, … Ursula Mueller, the assistant…More


Enforcing Policies Outlawing Child Marriage, Addressing Underlying Factors Critical To…

The Guardian: The Guardian view on child marriage: wedlock is a padlock for girls Editorial Board “…Worldwide, a girl under 18 is married every two seconds … Child marriage is linked to poverty, curtailed education, domestic violence, and maternal mortality. Young brides are under pressure to have children when they still have the bodies of…More


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