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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Examining The Closure, Revival Of The Global Health Council

Writing in the Humanosphere blog, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the closure in April 2012 of the Global Health Council (GHC) and the recreation of the organization, “with a new board, a slightly new name (Global Health Coalition) and with purportedly a new and more relevant strategy.” Murphy describes the history of GHC, as…

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Chiefs Play Important Role In Decreasing Maternal Mortality In Malawi

If Malawi President Joyce Banda’s mission to decrease the country’s high maternal mortality rate is to succeed, “it will depend, in part, on her government’s ability to harness the country’s true power brokers, Malawi’s 20,000 village chiefs — and sensitize them to the dangers of women giving birth with [unskilled]…

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Opinion Pieces Recognize International Day For Zero Tolerance To Female Genital Mutilation

The International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was observed February 6. The following is a summary of opinion pieces and blog posts published in recognition of the day. Efua Dorkenoo, TrustLaw Blog: Dorkenoo, a Ghanaian campaigner against FGM, recaps progress made against the practice in the past…

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Hoping For Universal Family Planning By 2030

Dana Horvig, CEO of Marie Stopes International, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that his hope is “that by 2030 we are finally living in the golden age of family planning … in which everyone has access to whatever type of contraception they want, no…

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Emphasis on ‘How’ Missing From ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

The “Enough Food for Everyone If” campaign (IF campaign), “supported by a coalition of more than 100 development organizations, has identified four priorities on aid, land, tax avoidance and market transparency,” Zahid Torres-Rahman, founder of Business Fights Poverty, writes in the Guardian Sustainable Business blog. “Of course the issues are hugely important,…

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U.S. Foreign Aid Is ‘Good Value’

“Unfortunately, most Americans don’t realize what a good value our foreign assistance efforts are,” and “[m]ost would be surprised to learn that foreign aid amounts to only about one percent of the federal budget,” Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, writes in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece. She…

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TB Vaccine Candidate Trial Results Are ‘Landmark’ In Fight Against Disease

“Today marks an important landmark for the fight against tuberculosis (TB),” with the publication in the Lancet of clinical trial results showing the TB vaccine candidate MVA85A “was no more effective in protecting infants from developing pulmonary TB than” the standard Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, Peggy Johnston, senior program officer at the…

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Gates Foundation Blog Interviews Director Of Aid Effectiveness At Oxfam About New Campaign

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Tom Scott, director of global brand and innovation at the foundation, and Gregory Adams, director of aid effectiveness at Oxfam, examine “why a new vision of aid is critical.” According to the interview transcript, they highlight a…

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World Cancer Day Provides Opportunity To Challenge Assumptions That Prevent Effective Action

“For the poor, cancer remains a silent killer. Breaking this silence could save hundreds of thousands and likely even millions of lives each year — most of them in developing, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs),” Felicia Knaul, secretariat co-director of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care…

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Learning From Development, Global Health Failures Critical For Program Successes

Noting that many development agencies and organizations publicly “documen[t] their triumphs and innovations,” Sam Loewenberg, a 2012 Nieman Foundation global health reporting fellow at Harvard University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it’s not unusual for them to fail…

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