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U.S. Should Maintain Funding For Successful Public Health Programs In Afghanistan

“[F]inanced largely by American foreign aid, [Afghanistan's public health care system] has produced the most rapid increase in life expectancy observed anywhere on the planet,” Justin Sandefur, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes in an Atlantic opinion piece. “In terms of lives saved, it is as…

Opinion Pieces Address International Day Of The Girl Child

October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl Child “to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” according to the day’s website. The following summarizes several opinion pieces written in recognition of the day. Victoria Dunning, Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog: “[T]oo many girls…

Harvard, GlobalPost Panel Addresses Path To Reducing Child Mortality Globally

“The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, in collaboration with GlobalPost, hosted a panel on Wednesday to address the path to reducing child mortality on a global scale,” the news service reports in its “Rights” blog. The discussion — moderated by Charles Sennott, GlobalPost co-founder and editor-at-large –…

GAVI Alliance Releases Mid-Term Review

The GAVI Alliance released its 2013 Mid-Term Review, which reports on the organization’s 2011-2015 strategy. The report, including an overview and sections on results, challenges, prospects and key indicators, is available online (October 2013).

Secretary Kerry, Melinda Gates Recognize International Day Of The Girl Child

In a statement marking the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized on October 11, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the day “is a chance for us to reaffirm our commitment to girls’ rights, to celebrate their value to society, and to address the unique challenges they still…

Editorials Address Prospect Of Malaria Vaccine

“The Sixth Pan African Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, the world’s largest conference on malaria, took place in Durban, South Africa, [last] week, where results from the most clinically advanced trials showed that over 18 months of follow-up, the RTS,S vaccine almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children…

Opinion Pieces Address Need For Inclusion Of Women, Girls In Post-2015 Development Agenda

The following is a summary of opinion pieces calling for the inclusion of women and girls in the post-2015 development agenda, published in recognition of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. Eliza Anyangwe, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog: Anyangwe, content manager for the blog,…

GAVI Alliance On Track To Immunize Quarter Billion Children By 2015, Report Shows

“The GAVI Alliance … has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 10/14). “That’s the conclusion of the Mid-Term Review report, a comprehensive and transparent assessment published [Monday] aimed at examining the progress GAVI has…

Blogs Address Global Handwashing Day

Two blogs address Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15. Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Victoria Fan, a CGD research fellow, and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the CGD global health team, say, “[We] would urge child survival advocates to raise the…