With Liberty and Justice for All?: The US Must Ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
Twenty years after the groundbreaking passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there has been great progress. Wheelchair-friendly ramps improve access to public buildings, public schools serve many more children with disabilities and many workplaces now accommodate physically and mentally disabled employees.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria launched its Round 10 call for proposals on May 20. Round 10 gives countries around the world another opportunity to utilize the Global Fund to support health systems strengthening (HSS) and build health systems that can tackle AIDS, TB, and malaria, as well as provide better overall healthcare for all.
Today, as we celebrate International Nurses Day, the health workforce crisis remains one of the greatest hurdles to realizing the right to health for all in developing countries.
As of today, the global health community has secured seven co-sponsors for the Global HEALTH Act: Reps. John Conyers (MI), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Keith Ellison (MN), John Garamendi (CA), Fortney Pete Stark (CA) and Diane Watson (CA).
The article "Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5," released in The Lancet last week, records a global reduction in maternal mortality rates.