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Nigeria To Mark 1 Year With No Recorded Polio Cases

The Guardian Nigeria: Cautious optimism as Nigeria marks one year without polio “Notwithstanding warnings by experts and donor agencies that the country may not be certified until 2017, Nigeria [will Friday] be successfully marking one year without polio. However, President, Nigerian Academy of Science and Chairman Expert Review Committee on…

FFD3 Conference Provides 3 Key Messages For U.S. Congress

The Hill: What Congress needs to know about the Addis Ababa conference Diana Ohlbaum, independent consultant, co-chair of the Accountability Working Group of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), and a principal of Turner4D “…[T]he high-level [Third International Conference on Financing for Development] was one of major significance, with three…

Open Data Systems Needed To Help End Extreme Poverty

Washington Post: Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty. That’s why the U.N. should push countries to gather and share data. Rohini Pande, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative, and Florian Blum, economics PhD student at the…

For Businesses, Social, Economic Goals Must Overlap To Achieve Sustainable Development

Forbes: How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals? Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean of international business and finance at the Fletcher School at Tufts University “…With the majority of [future economic] growth expected from the developing world, self-interest may be the most compelling reason for businesses…

Presidents Buhari, Obama Should Commit To Ending Polio In Nigeria, Africa

The Hill: Buhari and Obama can end polio in Africa Oyewale Tomori, president of the Nigerian Academy of Science “…Nigeria’s progress to date [on polio] is encouraging, but the country must go an additional two years without a case to be certified polio-free along with the rest of the WHO…

U.S., Global Community Must Continue Efforts To End West African Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Ebola still poses a serious threat Kent Brantly, doctor at Samaritan’s Purse and Ebola survivor “…Even if this [Ebola] epidemic continues, it is unlikely to return to the magnitude it reached last summer, with hundreds of new cases appearing each week. But what is probable is the destabilization…

Clear Guidance, Strategy Needed To Effectively Deliver HIV Drugs

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Simple but elusive — why are we still talking about HIV drug delivery? Ahead of the 2015 International AIDS Society (IAS) conference, Helen Bygrave, general practitioner at Médecins Sans Frontières, “discusses her frustrations with the lack of implementation of simple, programmatic strategies for improving HIV care”…