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Investments In Reproductive Health Will Save Lives

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of investments in reproductive health. Wall Street Journal: How Investing in Reproductive Health Could Pay Off Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth “Every day, 800 women and girls around the world die of pregnancy and childbirth complications. … Access to…

The Lancet Publishes Series On Midwifery

The Lancet: The power of midwifery Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, and Olaya Astudillo, assistant editor at The Lancet “Midwifery is commonly misunderstood. The Series of four papers and five Comments we publish today sets out to correct that misunderstanding. … As governments slowly come to an agreement about…

Gaps In Donor Commitments Hold Back Progress In Reaching MDGs, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: Gaps in commitments by developed countries hamper progress on MDGs — U.N. “Despite improvements in the lives of millions of people around the world, the United Nations today reported that persistent gaps between promises made and those delivered by developed countries are holding back greater progress on…

Three Areas For Greater Investment In Sexual, Reproductive Health

Huffington Post: Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-2015 Dialogue Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360 “Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development. … We are hopeful…

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be ‘At The Heart Of’ Development Framework

Huffington Post: An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique, and Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland, and both co-chairs of the ICPD High-Level Task Force “World leaders will descend on United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 September to…

Despite Declines In Child Mortality, 1M Children Die On First Day Of Life, UNICEF Reports

News outlets report on findings from new UNICEF data showing that although significant declines in child mortality have been achieved since 1990, more than six million children under age five die each year from preventable causes. BBC News: Surviving childhood in Africa “A ‘staggering’ number of children around the world are…

Climate Change Must Be At Center Of Development Agenda

The following opinion pieces discuss the role of climate change in public health and global development. Huffington Post: To End Poverty, Act on Climate Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “Climate change threatens to undermine the United Nations’ progress in both of its critical missions –…

MDGs Leave Poorest Behind, Report Says

EurActiv: Millennium Goals leave the most deprived behind “A report by the NGO ATD Fourth World highlights the failures of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the struggle against poverty, claiming some performance measures exclude the most disadvantaged. In a report entitled ‘Challenge 2015: Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No…

Global Health Integrally Linked With G20 Development Goals

Development Policy Centre’s “Devpolicy” Blog: The G20 and global health — towards convergence? Sam Byfield, who works on non-communicable diseases at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, discusses the link between global health efforts and the G20’s development agenda (9/12).

SDGs Must Contain Clear Goals, Practical Targets

New York Times: How to Prioritize U.N. Goals Abhijit Banerjee, international professor of economics at MIT, and Varad Pande, sustainability science fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School “…What is needed now is a clear, concise set of objectives [for the Sustainable Development Goals]. Without them, the entire project is in…