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U.K. MPs Urge Development Programs To Prioritize Disability

The Guardian: Disability must be a priority within development programs, say MPs “Disability as an issue needs to be a priority within development programs, according to U.K. [members of parliament (MPs)]. A report published on Thursday by the parliamentary international development committee stresses the close links between disability and poverty…”…

Devex Interviews U.N. Official About Steps To Reach Women’s Health MDGs

Devex: Leith Greenslade: We have a long way to go on women’s health “As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, there has been ‘fairly strong’ progress in some health areas — but not all. In particular, we have a long way to go in many aspects…

Sub-Saharan Africa Will Not Meet MDG For Sanitation, Study Says

VOA News: Sub-Saharan African Countries to Miss U.N. Sanitation Goal — Study “A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean…

USAID Highlights Programs On World Health Day

“…Preventing and controlling vector-borne diseases, diseases carried by insects, ticks and small animals, is central to achieving President Obama’s vision of ending extreme poverty. On World Health Day, commemorated each year on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the…

Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls Remains Critical To Post-2015 Agenda

In the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and discusses challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. Russell writes, “After lengthy negotiations the…

Universal Health Coverage Is Key To Maternal Health Post-2015

The “New Security Beat” blog of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars’ Environmental Change and Security Program highlights a video from the Wilson Center discussing universal health coverage as a mechanism to continue eliminating preventable maternal deaths and morbidity post-2015. The blog cites a new PLOS Medicine Essay that “makes…

World Bank Plans To Boost Funding In Developing Countries, Appoint Senior Directors

News outlets report on the World Bank’s announcement on funding plans and director appointments as its spring meetings approach. New York Times: World Bank to Lift Lending to Developing Countries “The World Bank announced on Tuesday that it was nearly doubling its potential lending to so-called middle-income countries like China,…

Climate Change To Increase Risk Of Conflict, Natural Disaster, Hunger, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says climate change will adversely affect health, food security, and economic and political stability. Agence France-Presse: Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: U.N. “Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods…

Health Research Community Must Reorient Itself For Post-2015 Agenda

SciDev.Net: Health research re-orients to the post-2015 agenda “No one yet knows exactly what the next generation of development goals will look like, but one thing is clear: health no longer enjoys the limelight thrown on it by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Instead, it looks set to be one…