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New WHO Guidance Discusses Immunization Program Implementation, Evaluation

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, discusses a new document from the WHO discussing immunization program implementation and monitoring. “…[W]e now have solid, evidence-based advice on how to introduce new vaccines in a way that will…

Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls Remains Critical To Post-2015 Agenda

In the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and discusses challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. Russell writes, “After lengthy negotiations the…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address World Health Day Issues

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized on April 7 and this year focused on vector-borne diseases. CNN: World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6 Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “…It’s easy to…

Programs To End Child Marriage Must Include Families, Communities

Devex: Ann Warner: Include families, communities in programs to end child marriage “Child marriage affects girls — but the solution to end the practice needs more than focusing on the victims. Effective programs to end child marriage should also include the families of the girls and members of the communities…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of the “She Builds” campaign. Devex: A revolution without boundaries Ashley Judd, actress, humanitarian, ambassador and board member for PSI Judd outlines five goals, including ending child marriage and stopping gender-based violence, to help move gender equality forward. “…More than ever, women are…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

Support For Locally Led Initiatives Improves Maternal Health In Malawi

Writing in a guest post in Oxfam’s “Politics of Poverty” blog, Dorothy Ngoma, principal secretary and national coordinator of Malawi’s Presidential Initiative for Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, discusses several of the projects under the initiative, stating, “As a result of this initiative, in two years we have managed to…