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NGOs Wonder Whether Resources To End FGM, Child Marriage Will Reach Communities In Need

Devex: Gender equality takes center stage — but will resources reach the grassroots? “…[W]ith new data revealing the extent of both longstanding practices [of female genital mutilation and child marriage], representatives from organizations based in the ‘global south’ questioned whether promised resources would actually trickle down to those working directly…

Kenya Might Not Achieve Maternal Mortality MDG Target By 2015

Thomson Reuters Foundation: The cost of maternal death in Kenya “The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline of 2015 is approaching but there are concerns that Kenya will fail to achieve some of them. This includes the goal of reducing the maternal mortality rate from the current 360 deaths per 100,000…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Financial Times: Ebola stirs noise while silence greets other killers Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “…Maternal mortality and other scourges like it may not fit the typical public health professional’s definition…

Congress Should Support Protection Provisions For Migrant, Trafficked Children

Roll Call: What You Don’t Know About Migrant Children May Kill Them Jen Smyers, associate director for immigration and refugee policy with Church World Service “…Our country has an obligation — moral and legal — to provide protection to … [migrant and trafficked] children, and to not deport them back…

Global Community Must Act Before Famine Declared In Somalia

Huffington Post: Warning Signs of Another Famine, Lessons to Be Learned From the Past Shukri Harbi, founder of Miles for Water “…Without urgent aid the future of those who’ve survived [Somalia's 2011 famine] remains bleak. Recently, in a joint NGO statement, including Oxfam and International Rescue Committee, it was reported…

Blog Discusses Innovations Aimed At Reducing Maternal Mortality

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC): Innovators are Assembling to Save the Lives of Women and Children Worldwide Ashley Chang, deputy policy director at USGLC, features two innovations from USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth’s challenge for development, part of a global effort to reduce maternal mortality (7/28).

Cooperation Vital To Achieving Development Goals

Devex: Better when we’re together Steve Hollingworth, president of Freedom from Hunger “…As a development community, we must continue to evolve our thinking about how — and with whom — we will continue to make progress toward the MDGs. How can various segments of our community work more closely with…

Some Religious Leaders Express Concern Over Ugandan Sex Education Campaign

IRIN: Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire “A new Ugandan sex education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. … Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Ministry and religious leaders have opposed the campaign on the…

Afghanistan Risks Losing Gains In Health Care If Donors Cut Funding, MSF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Afghanistan risks losing health gains made in the last decade — MSF “Afghanistan risks losing even the basic health gains it has made over the past decade if it becomes a ‘forgotten crisis’ when international troops leave the country at the end of the year, MSF’s [(Médecins…