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USAID’s Shah To Deliver Speech On Ending Global Poverty

“On Thursday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is set to give a speech at Brookings on the goal of ending extreme poverty, planned to put a bit more policy oomph behind the president’s call in the State of the Union earlier this year for America to join with its allies to…

‘More Comprehensive, Integrated Approach’ Needed For Future Global Health Targets

The “disease-specific and demographic-selective approach” taken under the global health-related Millennium Development Goals “has skewed funding, resources and the global health narrative to the exclusion of other important causes of global morbidity and mortality,” physician and development advocate Tim Crocker-Buque writes in a Devex opinion piece. “Although the decline in…

Technology, Innovation, Partnerships Critical For Sustainable Development, Ban Says

During a visit to Estonia on Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Our sustainable development goals must be informed by…

Most Countries Have Made ‘Enormous Progress’ In Health, Development In Recent Decades

In a BBC News Magazine opinion piece, Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and co-founder of Gapminder, highlights five facts that show “the enormous progress most countries have made in recent decades.” Rosling discusses the slowing of global population growth, says the divide between “developed” and…

PATH Report Highlights Innovations To Help Reach Health-Related MDGs

SciDev.Net examines a report from PATH highlighting “10 innovations that could save the lives of 1.2 million children and mothers by the end of 2015 and help achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals.” According to the news service, “PATH worked with public and private institutions to produce a shortlist of…

Deutsche Welle Interviews Global Network For NTDs Managing Director

Deutsche Welle interviews Neeraj Mistry, the managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, about the challenge of eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). According to the interview transcript, Mistry examines why NTDs “fail to get the attention they need,” provides examples of “what can happen if these diseases…

U.S. Must Push For Inclusion Of Reproductive Health In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“It’s a true testament to how far we have come over the last decade that reproductive health and rights are now an essential piece of the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of millions of people around the world,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…

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…