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‘World Needs To Ensure’ Women, Infants Survive Pregnancy, Childbirth

Huffington Post: Healthy Babies Michael Møller, acting director general of United Nations Office at Geneva “…Babies should be born healthy and the world needs to ensure this happens. … The public launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan will be in Johannesburg at the end of June. Experts here in…

Midwifery Report Provides Outline To Broaden Maternal, Child Health Care In LMICs

The following opinion pieces address the availability of midwifery care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as the “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014” report. Huffington Post: Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360, and Patsy Bailey, senior scientist with…

Provision Mandating Food Aid Be Shipped On U.S.-Flagged Ships Would Hurt Efficiency

Seattle Times: Protect U.S. food aid from the shipping industry Rick Steves, travel writer and member of Bread for the World “…Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision, hidden inside Coast Guard reauthorization bill H.R. 4005, … [that] mandates that 75 percent — an increase from 50…

Bringing Sustainable Energy To More Than 1B People Will Improve Health, Development

Huffington Post: An Overlooked Health Challenge — and Opportunity Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “Parents everywhere want their children to grow up safe and healthy — but more than one billion people face health risks simply because they don’t have modern energy services. … We…

Development Challenges Could Be Reframed As Investment Opportunities

Huffington Post: International Development Is Changing and So Is What Makes Good Business Gib Bulloch, founder and managing director of Accenture Development Partnerships “…When Accenture and the U.N. Global Compact studied the views of 1,000 top CEOs last year, 78 percent of them told us that partnerships across sectors would…

Shipping Food Aid On Private U.S.-Flagged Vessels Is Inefficient

POLITICO Magazine: 2 Million Will Go Hungry If Congress Has Its Way Dan Glickman, co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Agricultural Development Initiative, and Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities “…[An] obscure provision [in the House-approved version of the Coast Guard and…

Canada’s Maternal, Child Health Funding Must Be ‘Appropriate And Accepted’

Huffington Post Canada: Giving Money Towards Maternal Health Is Only Part of a Solution Blake Bromley, international charity lawyer “…Summits which focus on money and star power make me skeptical that the media event is more important than the substance covered in the meetings. … However, reading Prime Minister Harper’s…

Mobile Technology Targets Counterfeit Drugs

New York Times: The Fight Against Fake Drugs Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…In many poor countries, counterfeit medicines are an enormous problem. … Nations with a serious counterfeiting problem can resolve it by acquiring effective regulation, strong institutions, working courts, and well-designed…

Absence Of Toilets In India Contributes To Child Malnutrition

LiveMint: Why India’s sanitation crisis is a public health emergency Sunil Chandramouli “…The absence of sanitation is not just a threat to the safety of women but also to the health of children. … Research suggests that an unhygienic environment combined with high population density creates a perfect storm for…

Polio Eradication Faces Political, Diplomatic Challenges

New Yorker: The Political Fight Against Polio Sarah Stillman, staff writer for the New Yorker “…This month, we’re moving deeper into polio’s ‘high season,’ which, in much of the world, stretches from May until August. If the geography of polio mirrors that of conflict, then the challenge of eradication is,…

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