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Implementing Services For GBV Survivors Should Trump Data Collection

The Guardian: Gender-based violence: stop looking for ‘proof’ and put survivors first Aisha Bain, women’s protection and empowerment advocacy adviser for the International Rescue Committee “…We at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have found that women and girls do not come forward to disclose the violence they have experienced until…

WHO Pilot Projects On Neglected Diseases ‘Should Be Stopped’

Nature: WHO plans for neglected diseases are wrong Mary Moran, executive director of Policy Cures in Sydney, Australia “After more than a decade of trying to find a way to fund research on diseases that affect the developing world, the World Health Organization (WHO) made a decisive move last month…

Ugandan Scientist Responds In Open Letter To Country’s Proposed Anti-Gay Law

New York Times: An Open Letter on Homosexuality to My Fellow Ugandan Scientists Dean Hamer, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is about to sign into law a vehement anti-gay law after ‘medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but…

Integrating Agriculture, Nutrition Is Critical to Eliminate Malnutrition

The Guardian: Can agriculture play a bigger role in solving malnutrition? Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…Forging stronger links between agriculture and nutrition sectors is a critical big part of eliminating malnutrition. So we need to start using the investments pledged in…

Political Will, Funding Necessary To End Newborn Deaths

The Hill: Honoring every newborn Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) “…[T]here are existing interventions that, if scaled up, have the potential to reduce newborn deaths by as much as 75 percent. What’s lacking is the political will and funding to deliver…

Re-establishing USAID As Stand-Alone Agency ‘Essential’ To Fixing U.S. Foreign Aid

Reuters: How to fix foreign aid Paul Brinkley, former deputy under secretary of defense and founding director of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations from 2004-20ll “…America’s inability to provide even symbolic access to economic opportunity is crippling our image abroad. The mistaken belief that the United States…

Farm Bill Will Provide ‘Much Greater Flexibility’ For U.S. Food Aid Program

Chicago Tribune: USAID gets relief in legislation “The farm bill provides much greater flexibility for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which runs the [Food for Peace] program. About 20 percent of the money devoted to foreign food aid will no longer be restricted. The change is so significant that…

President Obama Should Take Two Actions To Advance AIDS-Free Generation Goal

“We are making historic progress against HIV/AIDS … [y]et AIDS remains the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chair of endgame, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal…

Using Antenatal Steroids, Kangaroo Care Would Help Save Premature Infants

Noting “[m]ore than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old,” March of Dimes Foundation President Jennifer Howse writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, “November 17 was the third annual World…

Low-Tech, Low-Cost Toilets Key To Sanitation Access For 2.5B People

“More than one-third of the world’s population, approximately 2.5 billion people, doesn’t have access to a toilet,” Jason Kass, founder of Toilets for People, writes in a New York Times opinion piece. “Poor sanitation contributes to 2,000 childhood deaths from diarrheal diseases every day,” he notes, adding, “Unfortunately for ……