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More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf). ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth “The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report…

U.K. House Of Lords Debates Scale Up Of NTD Response Strategy

Vaccine News Daily: U.K. House of Lords debates NTD response plan “Vice-chair of the [U.K.’s] All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropic Diseases Baroness Helene Valerie Hayman chaired a debate of the United Kingdom House of Lords that addressed health initiatives regarding neglected tropical diseases. The debate looked at…

U.N. Releases Results From MyWorld2015 Survey

Washington Post: The illuminating — and perhaps alarming — results of a huge survey answered by 1.4 million people around the world “Thursday, the United Nations is releasing some of the results of what is thought to be its largest global survey ever, part of a worldwide initiative called MyWorld2015.…

Scientists Must Play Greater Role In Post-2015 Development Talks, Experts Say

SciDev.Net: Scientists ‘need to step up’ to development goal talks “Scientists need greater access to discussions on a new sustainable development agenda if the final post-2015 framework is to accurately reflect their priorities, say experts close to the process. Shifting decision-makers’ behavior from merely acknowledging relevant scientific evidence to acting…

Focus On Economic Agenda Important For Africa To Meet MDGs

Sudan Vision: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Are the Priorities for Africa? Alula Berhe Kidani, sustainable development advocate “As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of…

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…