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Local-Level Action Needed To Fight Ill Health In Urban Areas

Noting an estimated 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, Gerry Stimson of Knowledge-Action-Change and Imperial College London writes in a Lancet opinion piece, “As to be discussed at the City Health 2013 conference in Glasgow, U.K., on November 4-5, cities help to create ill…

Five Strategies To Achieve MDGs From Health Worker’s Perspective

“To close the gap and successfully achieve the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)], I believe that Jamaica should embrace some applicable strategies outlined in the 2012 Women Deliver Report on Regional Consultations,” Victoria Melhado, a nurse living in Jamaica, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. She…

Development Agenda Must Address ‘Brain Drain’ Of Doctors From Africa

“Economic development goals must address the flow of high-skilled health care professionals to more fortunate countries. Source countries, recruiting countries, and the international community should address brain drain and improve health care inequity,” Kassahun Desalegn, department head and assistant professor of dermato-venereology at the University of Gondar’s College of Medicine…

Mobile Technology Can Help Achieve MDGs 4, 5

Writing in the United Nations Foundation blog, Tara Morazzini, an intern at the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Health (MAMA), notes the observance of United Nations Day last week and reflects on progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Mobile technologies offer significant promise to advance sustainable development now…

IRIN Examines Use Of Goodwill Ambassadors To Raise Awareness Of Development Issues

IRIN examines the use of Goodwill Ambassadors to champion development-related causes. “[T]here is no denying the global attention and resources that well-known personalities can bring to their chosen causes, … [b]ut using actors, musicians and sports stars to convey messages about potentially complex development issues has its pitfalls,” the news…

Global Health Workers Need Comprehensive Training Rather Than ‘Quick Interventions’

“As governments from all corners of the world are desperately trying to improve their health systems and achieve the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] by 2015, they promise to increase the workforce of health workers manifold,” Frances Day-Stirk, president of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), writes in the Bill &…

Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address Global Hunger

The following editorial and opinion piece address issues surrounding global hunger. The Lancet: The 2013 Global Hunger Index “argues that the central reason that people are unable to escape poverty and hunger is their vulnerability to shocks and stressors such as floods, price hikes, and civil unrest,” and it “focuses…

Working Group On SDGs Moving Toward Discussions On Specific Goals

The Guardian profiles Macharia Kamau, Kenya’s representative to the U.N. and co-chair of the open working group on sustainable development goals (SDGs). The group is tasked with “the design of a new set of ambitious, global goals that will apply to all countries and help orient international attention — and…