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Issues Surrounding Food Security Vital To Post-2015 Development Agenda

One of the issues likely to be raised during the U.N. General Assembly’s discussions regarding the post-2015 development agenda is food security. The following summarizes two opinion pieces on the topic. Pierre Ferrari, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “[W]ithout sufficient investment in women farmers, we will fail to feed the world’s…

Al Jazeera America Examines Congo’s Improvements In Maternal Health

Al Jazeera America examines maternal health in the Republic of the Congo, noting the country has made significant progress in reducing maternal mortality, especially in the last two years. “David Lawson, the country director for UNFPA, a partner in the maternal health projects, says that if progress continues at the…

U.N. General Assembly Opens; Members To Discuss Post-2015 Development Agenda

“The United Nations General Assembly opened its annual session [on Tuesday] with its gaze firmly fixed on the decades ahead as its new president outlined the need to lay the groundwork for global sustainable development in the years following the end of the current development cycle in 2015,” the U.N.…

Frontline HCWs Essential To Achieve Development Goals

“As world leaders gather this week to discuss the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Framework, no subject of conversation will be more important than the need for more frontline health care workers,” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, writes in the Skoll World…

Letters To Editor Respond To NYT Editorial On Global Health MDGs

The New York Times on Monday published two letters to the editor written in response to a September 11 New York Times editorial. The editorial stated, “International health programs have greatly reduced death and sickness worldwide over the past two decades but there is still a long way to go,”…

Humanosphere Interviews World Bank President

Humanosphere features an interview with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, in which he discusses the organization’s goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and improving inclusive economic growth. He also talks about the “science of delivery,” saying, “I’m a [tuberculosis (TB)] doc, for goodness sake. We definitely need new…

VOA Examines New World Bank, IHME Reports On Regional Health Challenges

The World Bank, in conjunction with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), recently “released new reports outlining the health challenges facing six major regions,” Voice of America reports. “The bank says the reports will help policymakers develop evidence-based health programs after the Millennium Development Goals expire,” the news…

Maternal Mental Health Should Be Priority On Global Agenda

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Sara Gorman, an MPH candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, examines the need for an increased focus on improving maternal mental health. “Integrating mental health programs with maternal health programs is not only as important in saving mothers’ lives…

Female Community Health Workers Essential To Meeting Health MDGs

John Clemens, executive director of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about the importance of female community health workers, who “are a cornerstone of Bangladesh’s strategy for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5,” he states.…

U.N. Official Raises Awareness Of Open Defecation, Sanitation During World Water Week

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” examines U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s efforts to bring light to the problem of open defecation and poor sanitation. During a speech at the opening plenary of World Water Week in Stockholm on September 2, Eliasson, who also serves as chair of WaterAid Sweden,…