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Australian Government Commits $358M In Aid To Asia-Pacific Region For Attainment Of 3 MDGs

“The Australian government has committed A$390.9 million (around $358 million) through its AusAID program to help countries in the Asia-Pacific region attain three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — poverty and hunger, universal education and maternal health,” SciDev.Net reports. “The aid, spread over four years, will finance nutrient supplements and supplementary…

‘Time Is Right’ To Address Viral Hepatitis

With the number of deaths worldwide caused by viral hepatitis comparable to the numbers caused by HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), “it is clear that a major cause of global mortality has been consistently overlooked and neglected,” Charles Gore, president of World Hepatitis Alliance, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development…

Examining Global Need For Trained Midwives To Meet Infant Mortality MDG

Highlighting discussions from the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, Rene Kiamba, manager of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies corporate contributions community support programs and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “In order to meet the…

World Bank President Kim Aims To Have Broad Development Impact

Bloomberg profiles World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and his “fantasy” of replicating the small-scale success of treating tuberculosis patients in Peru he experienced when he was with Partners In Health on a larger scale with the World Bank. “Leaning on the field work of his past, he’s trying to…

MDGs Did Not Accelerate Development Progress, Study Says

“A new study suggests that the United Nations’ much-lauded Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], which expire in the year 2015, did not accelerate developmental progress globally after they were announced in September 2000,” U.S. News & World Report writes. “The study, which was done by a statistician with the U.N. Population Fund…

Power, Rice Should Use New Roles To Support Reproductive Health Rights In Post-2015 Agenda

Highlighting the recent appointments of Samantha Power as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Susan Rice as the White House national security adviser, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, “These women assume their new…

Devex Examines Need To Include People With Disabilities In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Devex examines how the aid community can “start helping 650 million disabled persons worldwide, many of them living in dire conditions in the world’s poorest countries,” noting “[p]eople living with disabilities have largely been sidelined by the global development agenda in recent years, despite efforts to include [them] in the…

Report Examines Declines, Advancements Among World’s Poorest Communities

“Despite global efforts to provide development aid, the world’s poorest are getting poorer, says a new report by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD),” Inter Press Service reports. “Several factors beyond the control of poor communities, such as government corruption, natural disasters and economic barriers, have exacerbated or displaced…

Global Community Must Work Together To Progress Against AIDS

Noting “[i]t’s been 13 years since the international community adopted the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], an ambitious, self-imposed ‘report card’ for global development that helped focus attention and resources on issues like HIV and AIDS,” Jonathan Quick, president and CEO at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and Jonathan Jay, bioethicist…