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Health Worker Deaths in Pakistan: More Victims of the War on Terror?

Health Worker Deaths in Pakistan: More Victims of the War on Terror?

With the opening of “Zero Dark Thirty” this week, many have condemned the depiction of torture in the film — and debates have resurfaced about the “enhanced interrogation” of suspected terrorists by the United States to …

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The State of AIDS: The Not-So-Good News

The State of AIDS: The Not-So-Good News


In part one of this two-part series, I discuss the good news in UNAIDS’ Global Report, released in advance of World AIDS Day on …

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The State of AIDS: The Good News

The State of AIDS: The Good News


This is the first blog in a two-part series. You can read the second part here.
In advance of World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1 each year,

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Family Planning as a Human Right

Family Planning as a Human Right


Last Wednesday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its annual State of the World Population report, in which it called family planning a “fundamental human right” and underlined the need for increased investment …

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A New Tool for Climate Change and Global Health?

A New Tool for Climate Change and Global Health?


This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published a new tool to address the growing health risks associated with climate change. The …

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HIV Update: Ugandan Prevalence, Methadone, and Aging Populations

HIV Update: Ugandan Prevalence, Methadone, and Aging Populations


Today, I’d like to share a few updates on HIV/AIDS. Uganda has backslid against the epidemic, according to advocacy organizations in the country. A review published in the British Medical Journal …

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Unlocking the Gates: GlaxoSmithKline to Open Drug Trial Data

Unlocking the Gates: GlaxoSmithKline to Open Drug Trial Data


Last week, a pharmaceutical company made a novel and potentially groundbreaking decision: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), announced …

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Global Health at the UN General Assembly

Global Health at the UN General Assembly


In a time of political, social, and economic turmoil, the focus on global health has blurred slightly. We’ve made great gains against polio, malaria, HIV, and a number of other diseases in …

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Global Health News: Whooping Cough, HIV in the Early Days, and More

Global Health News: Whooping Cough, HIV in the Early Days, and More


For today, I’d like to share a few links to recent articles about global health.
A New Whooping Cough Epidemic? : Slate

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A New Cure for Malaria?

A New Cure for Malaria?


Recently, researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) announced that they had developed a single-dose treatment for malaria. As National Geographic reports, the drug developed …

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Global Health Update: World Water Week, Misoprostol, and Overtreatment

Global Health Update: World Water Week, Misoprostol, and Overtreatment


Clean Drinking Water: The Cure for Malnutrition?
This week is World Water Week — which is timely, given the serious cholera …

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West Nile, Ebola, and Cholera: Lessons from Three Epidemics

West Nile, Ebola, and Cholera: Lessons from Three Epidemics


In the past month, we’ve seen the United States’ worst outbreak of West Nile Virus, Ebola in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and cholera in Sierra Leone that’s spread to its West African …

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Free Trade Agreements: Reducing Access to Medicine for the World’s Poor?

Free Trade Agreements: Reducing Access to Medicine for the World’s Poor?

Recently, the European Union and India have been in the news for a near-final free trade agreement, as have the United States and the 10 other countries who are hammering out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While these agreements could bolster economies that were weakened by the recession or that are …

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AIDS 2012: A Snapshot of the Epidemic

AIDS 2012: A Snapshot of the Epidemic


The International AIDS Conference was held last week in Washington, D.C. This was the first time the conference was …

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In the News: Family Planning Gets a Boost & the US’s Effect on Polio and HIV

In the News: Family Planning Gets a Boost & the US’s Effect on Polio and HIV

In global health news this week, I have updates to previously covered topics. World leaders have committed money and support to family planning, spearheaded by the Gates Foundation. The CIA’s fake vaccination program, part of efforts to ferret out Osama Bin Laden, has contributed to a ban on polio vaccinations …

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About the Author

Julia Robinson
Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson has worked in South Africa at an NGO that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and in Sierra Leone for an organization that provides surgeries, medical care, and support to women suffering from obstetric fistula. She is interested in human rights, global health, social justice, and innovative, unconventional solutions to global issues. Julia lives in San Francisco, where she works for a sustainability and corporate social responsibility non-profit. She has a BA in African History from Columbia University.

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