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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ongoing Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces address the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Lancet: Ebola: a failure of international collective action Editorial Board “…Although WHO is now leading the international response to the crisis, it was initially slow to act at the high level that was needed. … The crisis shows…

Children, Youth Must Be Focus In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Put Children and Youth First in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages-USA “…The Post-2015 Development Agenda must call on ALL countries to ensure children and families in need have access to the social and medical services necessary to overcome life’s challenges. It must…

Private Investment Needed To Improve Sanitation In India

Huffington Post: Creating Enterprises to Provide Sanitation Solutions in India John Sauer, head of external relations for international programs at Water For People “It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of the sanitation situation in India. … But there is reason for optimism if you look at the story…

NEJM Perspective Pieces Discuss Responses To West African Ebola Outbreak

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on Wednesday published several perspective pieces discussing the ongoing Ebola outbreak. NEJM: The International Ebola Emergency Sylvie Briand, director of the pandemic and epidemic diseases department (PED) at the WHO, and WHO colleagues “…These observations [about the Ebola outbreak] point to immediate priorities…

Ebola Response Must Incorporate Gender Lens

Foreign Policy: Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola? Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “Sitting in her house in Massachusetts, [Martha Anker, a former statistician in communicable disease surveillance and response at the WHO,] had a gut feeling: that Ebola, as it had in the…

Ending Hunger Is ‘Feasible Objective’ In This Lifetime

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to dramatically reduce hunger — even in very poor countries José Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “…The international community has an important role to play in enabling and supporting national efforts — in the identification and evaluation of…

Commitment To Security Of Health Workers In Nigeria Needed To Deliver Necessary Care

Huffington Post: Health Care Workers Need Security in Northern Nigeria Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “Access is already one of Africa’s biggest health care provision challenges, and the militant insurgency in the north of Nigeria is adding a layer of difficulty and hampering potential progress. … The…

USAID Working To Accelerate MDG Progress For Women, Children

Huffington Post: 500 Days Until the MDG Deadline: Accelerating Progress for Women and Children Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID “…USAID is working in support of Every Woman Every Child to end preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035. We have sought to accelerate progress toward the…

Investing In Women Key To MDG Success

Devex: How investing in women drives MDG success Leith Greenslade, vice chair of the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance “The great lesson of the Millennium Development Goals is that women hold the…