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Ebola’s Hard Lessons

Ebola’s Hard Lessons

Ebola has overwhelmed the containment and treatment measures attempted thus far, and is seriously threatening nearby and neighboring states. Research and development of treatments and vaccines has accelerated, but the speed with which the Ebola virus is mutating has complicated the quest to identify new tools quickly.
The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common

The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common

The myriad of challenges contributing to the persisting spread of Ebola in West Africa – the biggest Ebola outbreak since the viral haemorrhagic fever was discovered in 1976 – echo some of the biggest obstacles which continue to challenge the global efforts to eradicate polio.
Health in the Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index

Health in the Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index

Health is a foundational component to overall wellbeing, with economic development and education outcomes closely linked to health results. Yet the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, released in April, shows that large global disparities remain in both mental and physical health situations among youth.
A Race to Save Lives

A Race to Save Lives

A study published in the July 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has made it increasingly clear that the world faces the threat of losing one of its most important tools in the global fight against malaria.
Reflections on AIDS 2014

Reflections on AIDS 2014

The International AIDS 2014 Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-25, left very mixed impressions. The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 cast a shadow over the event, and profoundly shaped the atmosphere and discourse.

Statement of Condolences

On behalf of the Global Health Policy Center, I extend my sincere condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Joep Lange, Jacqueline van Tongeren, and the others who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines flight 17 as they traveled to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Fake CIA Vaccine Campaign: When the End Doesn’t Justify the Means

Fake CIA Vaccine Campaign: When the End Doesn’t Justify the Means

In early January 2013, a dozen deans from America's premier public health schools wrote President Obama a letter protesting the CIA's use of a faked vaccination campaign in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
India Resolutely Guards Its Polio-Free Status

India Resolutely Guards Its Polio-Free Status

As the World Health Organization (WHO) ramps up concern about polio as a global public health emergency, India is taking nothing for granted. WHO officially certified the country as polio free in March this year, but the achievement was hard fought and health officials remain vigilant.
Why It’s Time to Put Women’s Issues at Center of Foreign Policy

Why It’s Time to Put Women’s Issues at Center of Foreign Policy

The international outrage over Boko Haram’s abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls has escalated since the story first hit the news; mothers in Nigeria took action and celebrities from Angelina Jolie all the way to First Lady Michelle Obama have made their voices heard on the issue.
Optimism that the World will begin to deal with Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in 2014

Optimism that the World will begin to deal with Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in 2014

The worst could be yet to come. Last week, the World Health Organization called AMR a threat “so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine,” requiring action across all sectors of government and society.
Photos: Booth Day in Ghaziabad

Photos: Booth Day in Ghaziabad

Polio vaccinators came to this slum in Ghaziabad, India on the first day of a week-long polio vaccination campaign. India was certified as polio free by the World Health Organization on March 27 this year, but the country remains vulnerable to virus importations.
Up-Front Costs for Health Investments Elusive: Nigerian Finance Minister

Up-Front Costs for Health Investments Elusive: Nigerian Finance Minister

While investments in health expenditures now have an updated economic rationale, thanks to The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health December report, finance ministers have another pressing question: where will the money come from?

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