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Agricultural Productivity Gains Essential To Achieving Global Food Security

Des Moines Register: World still falling short of feeding 9 billion Editorial Board “…According to the 2015 edition of the Global Agricultural Productivity Report released in Des Moines on Wednesday by the Global Harvest Initiative, average global growth was stagnant for the second year in a row. Productivity is a…

Political Will Required To Address Childhood Malnutrition, Stunting In India

New York Times: Half the Kids in This Part of India Are Stunted Nicholas Kristof, New York Times op-ed columnist “…In a remarkable failure of democracy, India is the epicenter of global malnutrition: 39 percent of Indian children are stunted from poor nutrition, according to government figures (other estimates are…

Knowledge, Resources From Polio Eradication Programs Should Be Applied To Measles Efforts

Devex: A no-brainer: How to transition from polio eradication to measles eradication Steve Cochi, senior adviser to the director of the CDC’s Global Immunization Division “…[T]ransitioning from eradicating polio to measles is a no-brainer. It is both an opportunity and an obligation that should be taken for compelling reasons, including…

Proposed House Bill Would Help Strengthen Developing Countries’ Health Workforces, Improve Resiliency, Global Health Security

The Hill: Bill would strengthen frontline defense against disease Eileen Natuzzi, medical education coordinator at the Solomon Island Living Memorial Project of San Diego State University’s School of Public Health “…[HR 419] proposes the U.S. government support strengthening the frontline health workforce in developing countries where 80 percent of the…

More Action, Attention Needed For Efforts Addressing NCDs

The Hill: Silent killers: pandemic of the 21st century Christine Ngaruiya, faculty member in global health and international emergency medicine at Yale and a Public Voices fellow with the OpEd Project “…Finally, this time around, [noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)] were brought up in this round of [global development] goals, including promoting…

Improving WASH Must Take Priority In Order To Reach Other SDGs

Inter Press Service: Opinion: “Sanitation, Water & Hygiene For All” Cannot Wait for 2030 Geeta Rao Gupta, deputy executive director of programs at UNICEF “…[I]f we do not reach Goal 6, the other [Sustainable Development Goals] and targets will not be reached. Progress in the areas of education, health, inequality,…

International Community Must Support Women, Girls To Achieve SDGs

Devex: We cannot fail to empower girls before they become women Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general for family, women’s, and children’s health at WHO, and vice chair of the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…On International Day of the Girl Child, our vision should be to empower every girl…

Pakistan’s Polio Vaccine Workers Deserve Nobel Peace Prize, Humanosphere Reporter Says

Humanosphere: OpEd: Give Pakistan’s polio vaccine workers a Nobel Peace Prize Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy argues that Pakistan’s polio vaccine workers deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for their continued work to eradicate polio, writing, “Pakistan’s polio vaccination workers are risking their lives to eradicate the virus from their country. That…

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