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U.N. Commission On Women Opens 2014 Session With Focus On Development

News outlets report from the 2014 U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, which opened on Monday in New York. This year, the conference will focus on development. Agence France-Presse: Ban calls for progress as U.N. commission on women opens “U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said there is still much progress…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Discusses Issues Presented At CROI 2014

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on findings from CROI 2014. One post discusses a study on HIV self-testing in Malawi, while a second post discusses data on the widening gender gap in life expectancy for those with HIV-related illnesses in South Africa (Lubinski, 3/10).

Vaccine Campaigns Miss 22M Children, WHO’s Chan Says

Vaccine News Daily: Vaccine campaigns continue to miss 22 million children “Some 22 million children are being missed by vaccine campaigns and another one million lives could be saved annually if the children are reached, the director-general of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Cohen, 3/11).

Europe’s Harm Reduction Drug Policies Can Be Model For Other Regions, Nations

Huffington Post: Postcard From Vienna: Europe’s Stance on International Drug Policy Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “… This year the annual U.N.-sponsored Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting [in Vienna] will feature a High Level Review of international drug policy to assess where…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 239 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes a list of decision points that were approved by the Global Fund’s board during its meeting held in Jakarta last week; an article on…

Men, Boys Must Be Active In Gender Equality Agenda, U.N. Experts Say

U.N. News Centre: WOMEN: Experts call for engaging men and boys as allies in fight for gender equality “Gender equality is not just a concern for women and girls, a panel of experts gathered at the United Nations in New York stressed today, highlighting the need to engage men and…

UHC In Africa Post-2015 Is Possible

A blog from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, “International Health Policies,” reports from the Africa Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference that took place last week in Nairobi. Discussing the opportunities and challenges of universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa in post-2015, the blog notes, “…UHC…

Private Sector Involvement In International Development Is Key

New Security Beat: A New Model of Development? The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in International Aid “USAID funding is ‘far outstripped’ by private investment and business relationships in ‘nearly every country’ in which it works — and that’s a good thing, according to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah [at a Wilson…

Blog Highlights Findings Presented At ASTMH Annual Meeting

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog features a round up of innovations and findings presented at the recent American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s annual meeting. “The Global Network attended many of the sessions, ranging from how to integrate NTD treatments with water, sanitation, and…

WTO Ministerial Meeting Begins Amid Questions On Food Security, Other Issues

“Amid looming uncertainty, trade ministers and officials from 159 countries Tuesday began formal negotiations at the [World Trade Organization (WTO)] ministerial meeting [in Bali] in a bid to reach consensus on issues such as food security and trade facilitation,” Zee News reports. “India, which is an important member of the…