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Blog Post Underscores Importance Of Addressing Maternal Morbidity In Addition To Mortality

Humanosphere: Visualizing maternal morbidity In this guest post, Amy VanderZanden, a communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), notes that while progress has been made on reducing maternal mortality, similar progress has not been realized for maternal morbidity, particularly for women in…

Opinion Pieces Examine Various Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces examine various angles of the Ebola epidemic, including international efforts to contain the outbreak, the response in the U.S. and Europe, the science of Ebola, and Ebola’s potential impact on development goals. USA TODAY: USAID chief: We will stop Ebola in West Africa Rajiv Shah, USAID…

Global Leaders Pledge $8B To Spur Development In Horn Of Africa

News outlets report on new commitments to help spur development in the Horn of Africa. U.N. News Centre: U.N.’s Ban, global leaders join forces in multi-billion dollar Horn of Africa pledge “Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in a visit to the Horn of Africa, United Nations…

Global Population Growth Will Outpace Wars, Pandemics, Report Says

The Guardian: Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters, and disease’ “The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics, or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study. Rather than…

Devex Series Examines Ways To Advance Global Health In New Campaign

Devex: What does healthy mean to you? Devex, partners examine future of global health in new campaign Rolf Rosenkranz, editor at Devex “…What does a comprehensive health system entail? The answer will vary depending on who you ask. But more likely than not, it’ll be built on strong supply chains…

Private Finance, Policy Shifts Needed For Sustainable Development

The Guardian: $2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries Paul Hohnen, independent consultant, associate fellow of Chatham House, and participant of the 2014 World Investment Forum “At the level of international agenda-setting for the rest of the century, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. Possibly the…

Development Lenders Announce Commitments To Horn Of Africa; U.N.’s Ban To Visit

News outlets report on efforts to support development in the Horn of Africa. Agence France-Presse: U.N. chief to visit Horn of Africa “U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya next week, leading a delegation from six other international organizations to the volatile Horn of Africa region…”…

Despite Incremental Gains, Greater Efforts Needed To Eradicate Extreme Poverty In LDCs

U.N. News Centre: Far greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world’s poorest nations — U.N. report “While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to…

Focus On Health During Birth, Of Newborns Needed To End Preventable Child Deaths

The Lancet: Ending preventable child deaths: addressing the high-risk days after birth Colin Mathers, senior scientist at the WHO “…For the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, WHO and other U.N. agencies are discussing a goal to ‘end preventable child deaths’ with a proposed 2030 target of 25 or fewer under-five deaths…