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India Moving Forward With National Food Security Law

“India has decided to introduce one of the most ambitious food aid programs ever attempted, adding the right to food to others enshrined in Indian law such as free speech and equality of all citizens,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh … pushed through…

PEPFAR Achievements Deserve Applaud, But More Focus Should Be Afforded To Meeting Contraceptive Needs Of Women Living With HIV

“In recent weeks, global health policymakers, implementers, advocates and others have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of [PEPFAR],” Ward Cates, president emeritus with FHI 360; Rose Wilcher, a technical adviser with the research utilization team at FHI 360; and Heidi Reynolds, deputy director for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases for…

World Bank Announces $700M Bond Issuance For GAVI Alliance Immunization Programs

“Millions of children in the world’s poorest countries stand to benefit from a $700 million bond issue, whose proceeds will help fund immunization programs by the GAVI Alliance,” a World Bank press release reports. “The transaction — with buyers on five continents — was by far the largest by the…

Challenges Of Access Remain Under Kenya’s Free Maternity Services

“Kenyans welcomed with excitement when President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that maternity fees for mothers who deliver in public hospitals be abolished” on June 1, but “the celebrative mood was short lived as people started to realize that the challenges go far beyond a waived fee,” Xinhua reports. “While hailing it…

Twitter Chat Examines Global Newborn Health

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, recaps a Twitter chat about global newborn health with Gary Darmstadt, director of family health at the Gates Foundation. “A robust online conversation between Social Good Moms, experts, researchers, bloggers,…

Addressing Malnutrition ‘In India And Beyond’

Purnima Menon, a research fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and Venkatesh Mannar, president of the Ottawa-based Micronutrient Initiative (MI), both co-authors of The Lancet 2013 Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “The Lancet series outlines the…

MSF Says Food Insecurity, Disease Worsening In CAR, Calls For More Humanitarian Aid

“The precarious security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is worsening seasonal food insecurity and increasing the burden of disease, especially among children, warns a humanitarian official” from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), IRIN reports. Ellen Van Der Velden, the head of mission of MSF in CAR, said the group has…

USAID Helping Maximize Value Of Development Aid Through Pledge Guarantee For Health

Noting the approach of the Millennium Development Goals’ 2015 deadline, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog” about the Pledge Guarantee for Health (PGH), an “innovative tool that can help speed the delivery of critical health commodities by six to eight months.” He…

India Out Of Pediatric TB Medicines, HIV Testing Kits, MSF Warns

“India’s public health system has run out of life-saving tuberculosis medicines for children and critical testing kits for AIDS patients, causing an outcry among patient groups who warn that the shortages could cost lives and worsen problems of drug resistance,” the Financial Times reports. “Leena Menghaney, Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]…