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How Hospitals Are Helping U.S. Trade Policy

How Hospitals Are Helping U.S. Trade Policy

No matter how divided Washington may be when it comes to foreign policy, one aspect proved to forge agreement throughout the 2014 winter: The U.S. should promote free trade, particularly with the European Union, countries along the Pacific Rim and GCC nations. A critical aspect of trade promotion that I’ve seen unfold in my own […]

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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?

Photo Credit: www.worldcancerday.org 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 impacted or claimed. Yet it is also a day when we’ll celebrate the miraculous accomplishments in cancer research and care […]

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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 (MDG’s). I’m sanguine that the unprecedented momentum given to chronic diseases since the United Nations 2011 High […]

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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 each thriving battle against […]

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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 of non-complacency. Indeed, we are […]

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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 NGOs and local organizations. Now, […]

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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 focus on chronic disease care […]

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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 life-spans. According to the World […]

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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 Bangladeshi “climate refugees” seeking basic […]

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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 who continue to populate it. […]

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About the Author

Elyse Lichtenthal
Elyse Lichtenthal

Elyse Lichtenthal recently received a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration, with a concentration in Health Administration & Policy. Prior to her graduate academic tenure, Elyse spent time in South Africa, working with mothers2mothers, an NGO that prevents mother-to-child transmission of HIV throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. Combining experiences from the global public health, public policy and political organizing sectors, Elyse contributes to the Humanitarian Affairs section of the FPA Blogs with interests in service delivery models for chronic diseases and international policies surrounding access to treatment. Elyse is currently based in Chicago and is the Program Coordinator for the U.S. Cooperative for International Patients.

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