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Contraception Access For Adolescent Girls Is Critical To Achieve MDG5

The Guardian: Progress review: contraception use among adolescent girls Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, adolescent health and development coordinator at the WHO, and Karlien Braet, WHO intern “Empowering adolescent girls to access and use contraception is a global public health priority. High unmet need for contraception translates into high numbers of unintended pregnancies,…

Global Community Must Address Nations’ Fragility In Order To Eradicate Poverty

“…The mutually reinforcing relationship between fragility and armed conflict creates circumstances that perpetuate extreme poverty. … To eradicate extreme poverty in the next 20 years and fulfill the commitment made by President Obama, together, our collective development efforts must result in accountable, legitimate, inclusive democracies that can ultimately sustain our…

Blog Post Examines Whether Foreign Aid Really Works

In a blog post for the Development Policy Centre’s “Devpolicy Blog,” Roger Riddell, who gave the keynote address at the 2014 Australasian Aid and International Development Policy Workshop, discusses whether foreign aid really works. In answering the question, he says that it works “[n]ot as well as it could, and…

India’s Supreme Court Can Help Country Prioritize Pollution Reduction

New York Times: India’s Air Pollution Emergency “…More people die of asthma in India than anywhere else in the world. Indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking fires, and outdoor air pollution are the third and fifth leading causes of death in India. … The best hope for reining in air…

Progress On Women’s Rights Good But Unequal, U.N. Report Says

News outlets report on a new U.N. report, the International Conference on Population and Development Global Review Report, which says progress on women’s health and rights is steady but unequal. The Guardian: Big gains made on women’s health, but access still unequal, says U.N. “Efforts to ensure women’s access to…

Treating, Preventing NTDs Will Help Lift People From Poverty

Huffington Post: Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “…Beyond their staggering public health impact, the economic losses from [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] are also impressive: our studies with collaborators at Johns Hopkins University show that Chagas…

‘Brain Drain,’ Migration Fosters Exports In Africa, Could Bring Development, Study Says

The Atlantic: Why ‘Brain Drain’ Can Actually Benefit African Countries “…Migration, then, is considered inversely proportional to success in African development. But a fascinating new paper from the World Bank turns this logic on its head. ‘Does Migration Foster Exports?­’ has a title with an unnecessary question mark. According to…

Health Workers Will Play 4 Key Roles In Post-2015 Era

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at IntraHealth International, “propose[s] a new vision for the essential roles that successful health workers will play in a post-2015 world. This is a vision of a fully empowered and…