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Berlin Meeting Brings Together Maternal Immunization Stakeholders

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Maternal Immunization: Partners Convene to Align on Way Forward Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meulen, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the outcomes of a recent stakeholder meeting in Berlin, Germany to discuss the “challenges, knowledge gaps, and potential impact of maternal immunization”…

Children Affected By Ebola In Liberia Need Protection, Support Services

Huffington Post: In Liberia, Children Affected by Ebola Need Our Support George Kordahi, national director of SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia “…The [Ebola] outbreak has been a tragedy for all of us, but especially for Liberia’s most vulnerable children. Children and youth were and continue to be in desperate need…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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).…