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Childhood Vaccinations Provide Lifelong Health, Economic Benefits

Huffington Post: A Birthday Gift to Last a Lifetime Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…[T]he impact of immunization only begins with a vaccine shot. Where sickness impoverishes, health empowers, and not just individuals but economies too, helping to lift them out of poverty, potentially reducing dependence on…

WHO Needs Structural Reform, Proactive Leadership

Wall Street Journal: All Is Not Well at the World Health Organization Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust “…[E]ven if the WHO grasps this historic opportunity [to reform], there are fundamental and systemic failings that underlie its inability to learn lessons. This essential organization, with international legitimacy and respect…

Health, Development Goals In Gates Annual Letter More Realistic Than Draft U.N. SDGs

Bloomberg Businessweek: Bill and Melinda Gates Want the U.N. to Get Real Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…The bets in the Gates [annual] letter are far more likely to happen than the U.N. [Sustainable Development Goals] draft’s targets. … The Gateses’ annual letter is a…

Systematic Changes In Pricing, Procurement Must Occur For Universal Access To Affordable Vaccines

The Lancet: What are affordable vaccines? Editorial Board “…Although the world’s poorest countries are supported by Gavi, [a new report from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] describes how a large group of middle-income countries, aid agencies, and Gavi-graduating countries are struggling to afford key vaccinations. … MSF calls on governments and…

Private Sector Must Join Governments In Providing Unprecedented Amount Of Humanitarian Aid

Project Syndicate: Aid in a World of Crisis António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “…Protracted wars, environmental disasters, and state failure have stretched the international humanitarian aid system passed its breaking point. If the UNHCR and other relief agencies are to address the unprecedented amount of human need, they…

World Must Better Prepare For Future Pandemics

Project Syndicate: Diseases Without Borders Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group “…The WEF’s [World Economic Forum] Global Risks report emphasizes the need for robust plans to face the threat of pandemics. This is especially urgent in light of the rapid growth of cities and informal settlements –…

Redouble Efforts To Reach MDGs In Final Year To ‘Make Good On Our Promise’

Huffington Post: Let’s Build on Our Success Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children International “…The MDGs stand out as one of the resonant and unifying political agreements ever achieved. There are 90 million people living today whose lives would have otherwise been cut short. We’ve proven we can…

Nutrition Must Be Top Priority In Global Development Agenda

The Hill: Africa’s future depends on improved nutrition Strive Masiyiwa, chair and founder of Econet Wireless “More than two billion people still suffer from poor nutrition. That’s the central finding of the new Global Nutrition Report, a first-of-its-kind evaluation of food security in 193 countries produced by the International Food…