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Opinion: Fighting World Hunger; U.S. Leadership On Global Issues

USA Today Column Examines U.S. Efforts Against World Hunger In a USA Today column, writer DeWayne Wickham examines the connection between hunger and global security. “Helping poor countries feed their hungry masses is not just a grand humanitarian gesture; it is good diplomacy — a refreshing change from the jingoism…

EU Policies Threaten Developing Countries Drug Supplies, Report Says

A report, released Tuesday, from Oxfam International and Health Action International says the EU is putting big drug companies’ interests ahead of “millions of people” in developing countries who do not have access to essential medicines, Agence France-Presse reports (10/20).

Global Health Promotion Conference Begins In Kenya, Maternal Mortality Addressed

At the 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion, which kicked off in Kenya on Monday, participants discussed reducing maternal mortality and the related Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the Daily Nation reports. According to the newspaper, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki “said that globally, the number of maternal deaths had … risen to 536,000 per year, translating to one death per minute.”

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,…

World Will Not Reach MDG Targets Without More Intense Efforts, Money

Noting “[t]he United Nations General Assembly will meet later this month to assess progress — impressive in some areas, halting in others — toward achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], which were adopted in 2000 and are supposed to be reached by the end of 2015,” a New…

Survey Examines Public’s Priorities In Replacing MDGs

“Targets for good governance, better job opportunities, environmental stability and less inequality need to sit alongside more traditional development goals as policymakers create a new agenda to follow the Millennium Development Goals, a survey of more than a million people around the world indicates,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Just…

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…

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…

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…