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Review Raises Questions On Impact Of DfID’s Long-Term Nutrition Strategy

The Guardian: Scoring DfID: how effective is U.K. aid at fighting global malnutrition? “The body responsible for scrutinizing U.K. aid, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), has completed its first review of the Department for International Development (DfID)’s contribution to improving nutrition. … While the U.K. has shown increasingly…

Cameron Calls For Worldwide Ban On FGM, Child Marriage At Girl Summit

News outlets discuss the Girl Summit in London and report on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Agence France-Presse: Worldwide FGM ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’ “Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female…

Inequality Can Lead To Wider Spread Of Military Conflicts, Letter To Cameron Says

The Guardian: Global inequality risks spread of military conflicts, Cameron warned “David Cameron is warned today by Graça Machel, widow of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela, that unless world leaders made 2015 a year for development, the consequence would not just be poverty but also growing military conflicts…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 247 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter includes articles on the Global Fund’s mid-year results and Kazakhstan’s innovative approach to TB management, among others (7/17).

BRICS Nations Form New Development Bank

News outlets report on the establishment of a new development bank by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Agence France-Presse: BRICS, South American leaders seek alternative to U.S. influence “Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers will hold a summit Wednesday with South American presidents,…

Research On Drug Use, HIV Prevention Interventions Necessary To Stop Virus In Russia

Moscow Times: Russia’s HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons Lyuba Azbel, research associate at the Yale School of Medicine “…[Russia's] government policy actually boosts the spread of HIV. Research shows that extrajudicial policing and police harassment in Russia creates an environment of fear, contributing to syringe sharing. … While alternatives…

Outdated Treatment, Prevention Tactics Helping TB Spread In Russia

Inter Press Service: Outdated Approaches Fueling TB in Russia, Say NGOs “…Tuberculosis exploded in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union as health care infrastructure crumbled, the country was thrown into economic crisis and crime and poverty soared, leading to overcrowded penal institutions. But, say NGOs in Russia and…

U.N. Set To Address Aid Delivery In Syria, Asks Europe To Help More Refugees

News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine…

U.K. Must Lead On SDG Process To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: New development goals need ambition — and the U.K. must set the agenda Jim Murphy, Labour member of parliament for East Renfrewshire and the shadow secretary of state for international development “…With the correct [Sustainable Development Goals], we can wipe out extreme poverty, secure health coverage at all…