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What makes a good pitch?

These pitches are some good examples; you can see how the pitch was written, and how the published article ended up.

Results of a new trial of HIV treatment in South Africa, looking at how to increase the number of patients starting treatment and improve overall health outcomes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that all people with HIV should start antiretroviral treatment (ART), making millions of new patients eligible to start treatment as soon as possible. One obstacle to achieving this goal is that starting ART in many countries is a lengthy and burdensome process, imposing long waits and multiple clinic visits on patients.

We did a study in South Africa, the country with the world’s largest HIV treatment program, to find out if “same-day initiation” of ART would increase the number of patients starting treatment and improve overall health outcomes. The study showed that it is possible to initiate nearly all eligible patients on HIV therapy, and to do so in a much shorter time interval than previously required. It demonstrated that same-day ART initiation is an effective strategy for improving health outcomes and increasing the efficiency of HIV care, an essential step if “treat all” is to be achieved.

We compared outcomes for patients offered the chance to start treatment on the same day as their first clinic visit with outcomes for patients receiving standard care, which usually required 4-6 clinic visits to start treatment. We found that 97% of patients in the rapid initiation group had started ART by 90 days after study enrolment—three-quarters of them on the same day—compared to 72% of patients in the standard initiation group.

Submitted by a professor of global health leading research into HIV/AIDS care and treatment.

Published as HIV ‘test and treat’ strategy can save lives – but it needs to be easier for patients to start treatment

The end of China’s ‘One-Child’ Policy and the impact on girls’ education opportunities.

The main points to cover:

a) positive consequences of the ‘One-Child’ policy overlooked in a particular relation to women’s educational opportunities;

b) the singleton girls achieved high level of participation in higher education in the past twenty years;

c) the unintended consequence of the ‘One-Child’ Policy was where parents with only one child it happened to be a girl, she benefits from being the focus of all their investment and aspirations;

d) since China is still a traditional patriarchal society with strong preference for sons, daughters will lose out to the family competition in investing education if there are two children in the family;

e) women will be further punished and disadvantaged in labour market.

Submitted by a senior lecturer in international education working on comparative higher education, China, social stratification, gender, geographical inequality.

Published as China’s one-child policy helped women make a great leap forward – so what now?

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