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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

Photo Credit: Village Earth Press 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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The struggle of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria

The struggle of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria

For a  large number of refugees fleeing Syria, life in the place they end up is no less a struggle. Many Syrians looking to escape the ravages of war in their home country have made their way to Bulgaria (via Turkey) — the country I now call home. The problem is ...

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Thailand and Maldives: the results are in

Thailand and Maldives: the results are in

In my update on Thailand and Maldives a few weeks ago, both countries were on the precipice of making decisions that would determine the direction of their democracies, or lack thereof. Let’s see how things turned out. Thailand On Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, Thailand’s senate made a ...

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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. In a new TED talk, ...

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Regress in Thailand and Maldives

Regress in Thailand and Maldives

Sadly, the adage “the more things change the more they stay the same” is perfectly to describe struggles in keeping strong democracy in Asia. Upon returning from hiatus, I started looking for story ideas and ran across some “updates” to items I had covered earlier this year. But in reality ...

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

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

Photo Credit: blog.lib.umn.edu 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 convey a time appropriate message ...

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Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

It started with a simple drink, or more accurately, the inability of Senegalese-born Magatte Wade to find it when she returned to Senegal. In searching for a hibiscus drink she remembered fondly from her childhood, it was nowhere to be seen in Dakar. The reason, she discovered, was that as ...

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The Bus Driver’s Bolivarian Revolution

The Bus Driver’s Bolivarian Revolution

Elected President of Venezuela following Hugo Chávez’s death from cancer in March, Nicolás Maduro, a former bus driver who was Mr. Chávez’s foreign minister, has had a rocky start leading the country. Allegations of ballot-tampering, appointing corrupt officials to high-level government positions, and foreign policy missteps have created the impression that ...

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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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Deposed leader poised to return to Thailand

Deposed leader poised to return to Thailand

The wave of protests  sweeping all corners of the world has reached Thailand. What’s more: Thailand appears as the latest disturbing example of leaders imposing their will on countries even when not officially in power. Thaksin Shinawatra served as prime minister of the Asian nation from 2001-06, when he was ousted ...

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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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How U.S. fits in to Egypt events (if at all)

How U.S. fits in to Egypt events (if at all)

Two weeks after Mohamed Morsi was ousted as the leader of Egypt, chaos still reigns. According to state-run media, seven people died on Monday, July 15, in violent skirmishes between Morsi supporters and opponents. An interim government is trying to instill some sense of ruling stability, but the widely ...

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Did Obama’s Africa tour make the right stops?

Did Obama’s Africa tour make the right stops?

Apparently President Obama has received some criticism over taking the “easy road” in his visit to Africa earlier this week. Instead of drawing attention to more troubled spots on the continent such as Nigeria or Kenya, he choose to visit the relatively safe, stable, and democratically potent (at least in ...

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