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Indonesian Health Minister Questions UNAIDS Gap Report

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia questions new UNAIDS report “Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has strongly questioned the validity of a Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) GAP Report released in Geneva on July 16, which categorized Indonesia as a country of concern given its increase in HIV new infections,…

Cooperation Vital To Achieving Development Goals

Devex: Better when we’re together Steve Hollingworth, president of Freedom from Hunger “…As a development community, we must continue to evolve our thinking about how — and with whom — we will continue to make progress toward the MDGs. How can various segments of our community work more closely with…

New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…

Ghana To Begin Free Sanitary Pad Program To Lower Girls’ Dropout Rates

VOA News: World Bank Loan to Subsidize Ghana School Project “Ghana’s government plans to use some of its World Bank loans to fund a free sanitary pad program for young girls in poor rural communities to reduce dropout rates. The initiative is part of a program known as the Ghana…

PLOS Blog Post Discusses MDG 6 Progress

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, examines findings from two “studies that aim to measure the global public health progress on MDG 6,” which aims to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases (7/24).

Gates Speaks About Public Health In Africa, Polio In Nigeria

News outlets report on recent comments from Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about public health in Africa and polio in Nigeria. Mail & Guardian: Africa’s growth path: Reduce diseases, Bill Gates cautions “Unless Africa dramatically decreases its rates of malnutrition and premature mortality, it will…

Malnutrition Affects Countries’ Economies, Agricultural Expert Says

Devex: Roger Thurow: Global malnutrition is a challenge to the worldwide economy “…[S]ome countries with 30-50 percent stunting rates due to childhood malnutrition have seen their gross domestic product knocked down between five and 15 percent, according to Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at…