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Frontline Health Workers, Funders Critical To Progress Against Polio

Project Syndicate: The Polio Heroes Bill Gates, founder and technology adviser of the Microsoft Corporation and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The credit [for the progress against polio] goes to an international coalition of visionary people: the leaders who make polio eradication a high priority in their…

Taliban Begin Supporting Polio-Eradication Efforts In Afghanistan, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg Business: Taliban Join Global Effort to Kill Off Polio in 2016 “…The insurgent group, whose anti-government attacks have stoked insecurity in Afghanistan and hampered vaccinators, is working alongside local and international health authorities to wipe out the last vestiges of polio, marshaling thousands of people to immunize vulnerable children…”…

WTO Meeting Host Kenya Opens Talks With Call To Decrease Poverty, Diversify Economies

Agence France-Presse: Global trade talks open with call to fight poverty “Global trade talks opened Tuesday with host Kenya highlighting their role in combating poverty, and urging African nations to diversify their economies. War-torn Afghanistan and Ebola-ravaged Liberia are set to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it holds…

U.S. Trade Representative Should Support Policies To Enhance Food Security At WTO Talks

Huffington Post: Anti-Hunger Groups Make Impassioned Pleas: the United States Should Support, Not Object, to Removing WTO Obstacles to Global Food Security Deborah James, director of international programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research “…Removing WTO obstacles to food security — by allowing developing countries to invest in…

WHO Calls For SE Asian Nations To Address Underlying Causes Of Newborn Mortality

U.N. News Centre: Some 1.8 million newborn deaths a year in South-East Asia are preventable — U.N. health agency “Nearly 7,400 newborns die every day in South-East Asia, causing untold misery to mothers and families, yet two thirds can be saved with proven cost-effective measures, the United Nations health agency…

Myanmar’s Efforts To Eliminate Malaria Serve As Model For ‘Disease Diplomacy’

Los Angeles Times: Pursuing disease diplomacy in Myanmar Myaing Myaing Nyunt and Christopher Plowe, both public health scientists at the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine “…Last summer in Washington, D.C., more than a dozen of [Myanmar’s] officials, military leaders, opposition politicians, and ethnic…

Blog Post Examines Debate Surrounding Roles Of Markets, Government In Health Systems

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Do governments have a role to play in health care? In this article originally published on LiveMint, Nachiket Mor, senior adviser at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former board member at the Reserve Bank of India, and Winnie Yip, professor of…

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