UN Week

0 How Bill Gates stopped worrying and learned to love the MDGs

Bill Gates was not thrilled about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they were launched in 2005. The goals were meant to set tangible targets for the world and individual countries to achieve by 2015. Though he eventually came around to love them. Bill and Melinda now sing their praises…

3 It’s World Most-Neglected-Health-Problem Day

It’s actually World Mental Health Day, and also Columbus Day. Neither of these calendrical milestones are likely to get much public attention, unless perhaps someone can combine them for a story suggesting that Christopher Columbus only discovered the New World in 1492 thanks to his megalomania and narcissistic, obsessive-compulsive disorder.…

1 At Clinton Global Initiative: Landless women at root of many problems

I’ve been reporting this week on the United Nations’ declared support (however vague) for expanding the global health agenda to go beyond the traditional focus on infectious diseases like AIDS, TB, measles or malaria and include non-contagious, chronic disease like cancer or heart disease. Across town, the Clinton Global Initiative…

0 Why we still don’t have a cure for AIDS — a novel explanation

If someone discovered a cure for AIDS, would the pharmaceutical industry be able to – or even want to — develop it? That’s one of the questions explored in Through These Veins, the first novel by Anne Marie Ruff, a veteran journalist who has covered AIDS, medical research, biodiversity and…

0 Paul Farmer explains why global health has to first focus on poverty

I caught up with physician-activist Paul Farmer at the Clinton Global Initiative, the other big meeting in New York full of heads of state, celebs and bigwigs. Farmer, the inspiring and controversial cyclist-celeb Lance Armstrong and others have joined in the clarion call to expand the global health agenda to…

0 Best of the UN Week coverage

Tom Paulson is at UN Week for Humanosphere, but with so many meetings and side discussions going on in New York this week, we’re assembling the best tweets, blog posts and other social media coverage from the High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases, the Social Good Summit and other events. The…

2 UN health summit makes food, beverage and drug industries nervous

 Flickr, Roadsidepictures Members of the United Nations General Assembly met this week to come up with a plan to combat chronic disease in poor countries that appears to have some in the food, beverage and drug industries worried. Ten years ago, a similar meeting here produced a massive global response…

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