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Ebola’s Biggest Threat? Fear Mongering

Ebola’s Biggest Threat? Fear Mongering

It is an important job of the media to use their best judgement when reporting on every false alarm, sniffle or sneeze that is heard across the globe. The real danger of Ebola is in the panic it can cause, both in West Africa and elsewhere.

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February 4 is World Cancer Day: You Think You Know The Facts?

February 4 is World Cancer Day: You Think You Know The Facts?


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February 4 marks World Cancer Day, a time when the entire global community — regardless of nationality, profession, ethnicity, or any other form of identity — collectively remembers those whom cancer has …

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Data Driven: Global Cancer Control Through Understanding and Partnership

Data Driven: Global Cancer Control Through Understanding and Partnership

The First Drop of Water in a Probable Waterfall:
Global expansion of cancer surveillance is an urgent concern that should be prominent on the global health and development agendas, and should be added to the Millennium Development Goals …

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Saddle Up, Partner! If You Want to Defeat AIDS, Your Wagon is Hitched to Mine

Saddle Up, Partner! If You Want to Defeat AIDS, Your Wagon is Hitched to Mine

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The world just commemorated World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013: the 26th World AIDS Day. As we observed events unfold, from Kuala Lumpur, to London, Washington, D.C. and Cape Town, one common thread was apparent: partnership. If there is to be a common denominator in …

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Is Humanity in a Better Shape Today?

Is Humanity in a Better Shape Today?

In 1900 we lived to be only 32 years on average. Today the global average life expectancy is 69 years and in 2050 we will live to be 76 years. For every month you live, you add one week to your life expectancy. …

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HIV/AIDS Is Changing: Let’s Pick Up The Pace!

HIV/AIDS Is Changing: Let’s Pick Up The Pace!


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The International AIDS Conference- a biennial event that is the largest gathering of HIV professionals across the globe- will be convening again this July, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The theme to this year’s conference? “Stepping Up the Pace”, which seems to already …

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A Changing Public Health Agenda: Guiding Access to Care

A Changing Public Health Agenda: Guiding Access to Care

Biopharmaceutical companies have been part of the global public health workforce for decades, tackling infectious diseases and disseminating life-saving drug interventions. In the last several decades, pharmaceutical companies have played an instrumental role in combatting infectious diseases across developing nations, often donating in-kind contributions of vaccinations and treatments to the …

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The Healthcare Dove with an Olive Branch

The Healthcare Dove with an Olive Branch

It’s a rare occurrence for a nation to act altruistically in its humanitarian engagements, and even rarer when a state does so, knowing all there is in return is potentially heightened security risks in a conflict setting. I want to use this post as a brief pause from my usual …

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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission as an HIV Prophylaxis

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission as an HIV Prophylaxis

Recently released guidelines from The World Health Organization recommend starting HIV treatment earlier- even pre-emptively-as a measure to preventing and eradicating AIDS. At the 2013 International AIDS Conference in Malaysia, WHO officials declared that earlier anti-retroviral treatment of HIV will result in retardation of the virus’s mutation, and therefore, longer …

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Rising Sea Levels and Population Displacement: How Can The Global Public Health Community Prepare?

Rising Sea Levels and Population Displacement: How Can The Global Public Health Community Prepare?

India is anticipating a massive wave of refugee migration from neighboring Bangladesh. This feared population swell – India already has 1.2 billion people of its own – would come not from anticipated political corruption, but from climate change. India projects that rising sea levels will yield an unprecedented number of …

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Africa Moves Center Stage As Next Emerging Market in Pharmaceuticals: New Challenges Global Health Partnerships

Africa Moves Center Stage As Next Emerging Market in Pharmaceuticals: New Challenges Global Health Partnerships

Ten years ago, The Economist ran a cover with the title “Africa: Hopeless Continent.” One year ago, The Economist ran a cover titled “Africa Rising.”  The African Myth that the world’s longest inhabited continent is still one of seemingly infinite despair, has been proven wrong by the resilience of those …

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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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