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Building Community Resilience, Food Security Can Improve Development Indicators

Huffington Post: From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa Darius Mans, president of Africare “…From 2008 to 2015 with support from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, Africare/Chad implemented the Batha and Ouaddaï Food Security Initiative (BOFSI). The project improved food security and…

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Better Access To Surgical Care Could Avert 1.5M Deaths Annually

World Bank: Surgery Could Save Millions of Lives in Developing Countries The World Bank Group published a new book on how better access to surgical care can avert 1.5 million deaths a year. The book, titled “‘Essential Surgery,’ launched at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health sixth annual conference in…

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With Biodegradable Toilet Powder, Indian WASH Advocates Hope To Speed Waste Breakdown In Safer Way

Wall Street Journal: This Poo Powder Aims to Help India’s Diarrhea Problem “…As part of a ‘Stop Diarrhea’ program run by the non-profit Save the Children, a biodegradable toilet powder that speeds up the breakdown of excrement has been developed by Reckitt Benckiser — makers of toilet cleaning products such…

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Ending Corruption In Angola Would Help More Children Survive

New York Times: An Unsettling Complicity Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries. One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. … The other kind of parasite afflicting Angolan children is the crooked official, often working with Western executives. It’s…

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Replicating Successes For Women, Girls Can Help World Make Progress Toward Gender Equality

CNN: Melinda Gates’ advice to girls: ‘Use your voice and you can affect change’ Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “The most rewarding part of my job is meeting women and girls from all over the world who are striving for the same goal: a good…

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Equitable Access To Vaccines Critical To Children’s Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunize Another 300 Million Children Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the Board of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and secretary general of the Nordic Council of Ministers, discusses the challenges of immunizing children around the globe and the importance of…

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TB Treatment For Children, MDR-TB Pose Challenges To Stopping Epidemic

International Business Times: World Tuberculosis Day: Why are rates of drug-resistant TB so high in Russia? “…Tuberculosis is the leading infectious killer in Russia. The problem in the region, one of the ‘high priority countries’ highlighted in a recent World Health Organization report, is being fueled by multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).…

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Sierra Leoneans Nearly Halt FGM Practices Because Of Ebola; U.K. Minister Urges Permanent Cessation

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Sierra Leoneans halt genital mutilation amid Ebola fears: U.K. minister “The Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa appears to have brought the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) to a near halt in Sierra Leone, a British minister said on Friday. International development minister Lindsay Northover…

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Longer Breastfeeding Associated With Higher IQ, Better Socioeconomic Status, Study Shows

Humanosphere: Breastfeeding longer may contribute to later success, study finds “A new study from Brazil shows that children who breastfed longer had higher IQs and overall improved socioeconomic status,” Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy writes about a study published this week in The Lancet Global Health, noting, “The big news is…

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Malaria-Related Brain Swelling Causes Death In Some Children, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing how brain swelling contributes to some malaria deaths in children. New York Times: Brain Swelling Tied to Deaths From Malaria “When children die from a severe form of malaria, swelling of the brain is often…

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