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Blog Reports On Case Of ‘U.N. Cholera Denial’ In Zimbabwe

“There is understandable outrage over the United Nation’s reaction to its role in first creating and then denying responsibility for Haiti’s cholera outbreak in 2010 that killed 8,000 people,” Todd Moss, vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Health Policy”…

Interview Highlights Kenya’s First National Health Conference, Examines Role Of Women In Building Strong Health Systems

In a post in Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) “Global Health Impact” blog, Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of MSH, interviews Sylvia Vriesendorp, technical lead on leadership at MSH, about Kenya’s First National Conference on Health Leadership, Management and Governance, which took place in February and “demonstrated the long-term vision…

U.N. Agencies Appeal For Additional Assistance For Food, Health And Education In Mali

“A top United Nations relief official who just returned from a trip to northern Mali said Tuesday that desperation, hunger and fear had pervaded the region in the year since Islamist militant extremists seized control, and that only $17 million of the organization’s appeal for $373 million in emergency aid…

Progress On Reducing Maternal Mortality In Nigeria Requires Cooperation

Referencing the phrase “impatient optimists,” coined by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Aminu Magashi, an adviser for the USAID-funded Targeted States High Impact Project, writes in Nigeria’s Daily Trust, “Although in many developing countries, the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 of improving maternal health by 2015 will not be achieved,…

Rwanda To Roll Out Combined Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign

“Rwanda has been so successful at fighting measles that next month it will be the first country to get donor support to move to the next stage — fighting rubella too,” the New York Times reports. “On March 11, it will hold a nationwide three-day vaccination campaign with a combined measles-rubella vaccine,…

Focus On Growth, Good Governance Will Transform African Continent

Writing in the Guardian’s “Comment Is Free” blog, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair examines advances made in health and development across Africa since the Gleneagles G8 meeting in 2005, writing, “Today, the positive legacy of that summit is still being felt across Africa: aid was doubled and developing world debt dropped.”…

IRIN Series Examines Concept Of ‘Resilience’

“No one working in the aid community in recent years could have avoided the buzzword ‘resilience’ — but what does the term mean practically and how has it helped shape action on the ground?” IRIN asks in one of a “series of articles exploring what resilience means for vulnerable communities, and its…

GAVI Alliance To Fund HPV Immunization Projects In 8 Countries

The GAVI Alliance “is to help protect more than 180,000 girls in eight countries across Africa and Asia from cervical cancer by funding immunization projects with vaccines from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline,” Reuters reports in an article examining the group’s efforts to vaccinate young women with Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix, “the world’s…

South African Government Should Take Responsibility For HIV/AIDS Treatment

Noting the many successes of PEPFAR, Stuart Rennie, co-principal investigator of NIH/Fogarty bioethics grants for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa, writes in his “Global Bioethics Blog,” “HIV requires lifelong treatment, and it is not healthy to have your existence depend on the decisions of a foreign government,…