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U.N. Must Bear Responsibility For Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

“It is now all but certain that Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000, is directly traceable to a battalion of U.N. peacekeepers who arrived in the country after the 2010 earthquake,” a Washington Post editorial states, highlighting a report (.pdf) from…

Examining Sri Lanka’s Malaria Response

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, highlights efforts against malaria in Sri Lanka. She notes a renewed national focus on the disease through the Ministry of Health’s Anti-Malaria Campaign as well…

Examining GAVI Alliance Policy For Gender Equality In Global Vaccination Programs

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board, examines the issue of gender equality in global vaccination programs. “The GAVI Board approved a gender policy in 2008 with the goal of promoting increased coverage, effectiveness and efficiency of immunization…

Despite Challenges, Experimental Malaria Vaccine Offers Hope

In a Washington Post opinion piece, columnist Michael Gerson reflects on the development of an experimental malaria vaccine which U.S. researchers last week reported proved highly effective in a small, early-stage human clinical trial. He details the research and writes, “If the vaccine works as promised, it would be an…

Blogs Discuss International Youth Day

The theme of International Youth Day, recognized on August 12, was “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” The following blog posts discuss youth and sustainable development issues. Cate Lane, USAID’s IMPACTblog: “Migration displaces and separates youth from their homes and the protective structure and guidance of families and communities,” Lane, youth…

Working Toward Water Independence In Western Uganda

Kyle Westaway, a founding partner at Westaway Law, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Water” blog about his experience traveling to Uganda as “a member of the board of the Adventure Project, a non-profit focused on innovative solutions for poverty.” In the district of Kamwenge, 43 percent of the wells are…

Cash Transfer Behavior Change Programs Used In Developing Countries Could Work In U.S.

In an opinion piece for The Atlantic, international development worker Antara Ganguli examines how programs used in Malawi and other countries to encourage positive sexual behavior change among teenagers might be used in Mississippi, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate among U.S. states. “The typical American antidote for reducing…

Renewed Efforts Against Tobacco Use Needed To Move Forward On Sustainable Development

“A billion persons are likely to die from tobacco-related diseases in this century, according to WHO,” and “India is expected to have the highest rate of rise in tobacco related deaths, over the next three decades,” R.K. Pachauri, director of TERI; K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation…

Why Foreign Aid Should Matter To GOP Presidential Candidates

“I suggest that GOP presidential candidates apply … personal finance principles to evaluate why foreign aid is worth the investment,” Samuel Worthington, president of InterAction, writes in a CNN opinion piece. He says foreign aid is “like an insurance premium” because it is a small portion of the federal budget but “small cash outlays can prevent major expenses later,” such as investing in food security to prevent famine. Small investments now will help “today’s aid recipients [become] tomorrow’s consumers of American exports,” which helps support domestic jobs, he writes.

Obama Should Announce Scale-Up Of AIDS Treatment Programs

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent speech calling for an “AIDS-free generation” through the use of multiple prevention strategies, including more widespread antiretroviral therapy, “was a dramatic reversal of U.S. policy, which has historically viewed treatment more as a costly expense rather than our most powerful prevention investment,” physician Loretta Ciraldo and Katrina Ciraldo, a student at Boston University School of Medicine, write in this Miami Herald opinion piece.