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Setting SDG Bar Too High Might ‘Kill The Spirit To Negotiate’

Al Jazeera America: U.N’s ambitious new development goals could fall flat James Reinl, multimedia journalist “…A failure to negotiate meaningful [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will mark another failure of nations to come together on the most important global issues. Not only would that kill a useful deal, but it could…

Supporting Immunization Programs Is ‘Proven Investment In Future Generations’

Huffington Post: Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…At the World Health Assembly, the world’s health ministers recognized four decades of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), and in Brussels the GAVI Alliance kicked off its ambitious plan for…

U.S. Foreign Assistance Investments Must Prioritize Maternal, Child Nutrition

The Hill: Call to action on global nutrition Bill Frist, former Senate majority leader (R-Tenn.) “The United States has shown courageous leadership over the last decade on global health. … But even as funding for global health soared, foundational programs promoting maternal and child nutrition were largely overlooked. Yet the…

Obama Should Condemn Myanmar’s Oppression Of, Denial Of Health Care For Rohingya

New York Times: Myanmar’s Appalling Apartheid Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…Welcome to Myanmar, where tremendous democratic progress is being swamped by crimes against humanity toward the Rohingya, a much-resented Muslim minority in this Buddhist country. … This year, the Myanmar authorities have cracked down even harder, making the…

Support For Menstruating Women With Disabilities Can Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Huffington Post: End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women’s Rights Kriti Sharma, disability rights fellow at Human Rights Watch “…[On] May 28, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations will celebrate the first-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day. Around the world, countless women and girls with disabilities face stigma, often lack awareness,…

African Nations Must Work To End Child Marriage

Inter Press Service: Why Ending Child Marriage in Africa Can No Longer Wait Julitta Onabanjo, regional director of UNFPA East and Southern Africa Region; Benoit Kalasa, regional director of UNFPA West and Central Africa; and Mohamed Abdel-Ahad, regional director of UNFPA North Africa and Arab States “…Of the 41 countries…

Invest In Services For Mothers, Children To Prepare For Natural Disasters

Huffington Post: When Life Gets Tough, Moms Get Tougher Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children “…Whether in the United States or the Philippines, all mothers strive to ensure that their children are protected and healthy when a disaster strikes. Fortunately, our evidence shows that we can save…

Involve Women In Search For AIDS Vaccine

Huffington Post Canada: Women Need an AIDS Vaccine Margie McGlynn, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) “…Women need an AIDS vaccine. They also need to be directly involved in the process of developing one. … The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is working with partners in…

Canada Should Continue Efforts To Reduce Preventable Maternal, Child Mortality

Globe and Mail: These women and children don’t have to die Rosemary McCarney, president and CEO of Plan Canada, and Dorothy Shaw, vice president of medical affairs at B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver; both co-chairs of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health “…Major progress has been made…