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Hoping For Universal Family Planning By 2030

Dana Horvig, CEO of Marie Stopes International, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that his hope is “that by 2030 we are finally living in the golden age of family planning … in which everyone has access to whatever type of contraception they want, no…

Emphasis on ‘How’ Missing From ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

The “Enough Food for Everyone If” campaign (IF campaign), “supported by a coalition of more than 100 development organizations, has identified four priorities on aid, land, tax avoidance and market transparency,” Zahid Torres-Rahman, founder of Business Fights Poverty, writes in the Guardian Sustainable Business blog. “Of course the issues are hugely important,…

U.S. Foreign Aid Is ‘Good Value’

“Unfortunately, most Americans don’t realize what a good value our foreign assistance efforts are,” and “[m]ost would be surprised to learn that foreign aid amounts to only about one percent of the federal budget,” Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, writes in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece. She…

TB Vaccine Candidate Trial Results Are ‘Landmark’ In Fight Against Disease

“Today marks an important landmark for the fight against tuberculosis (TB),” with the publication in the Lancet of clinical trial results showing the TB vaccine candidate MVA85A “was no more effective in protecting infants from developing pulmonary TB than” the standard Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, Peggy Johnston, senior program officer at the…

Learning From Development, Global Health Failures Critical For Program Successes

Noting that many development agencies and organizations publicly “documen[t] their triumphs and innovations,” Sam Loewenberg, a 2012 Nieman Foundation global health reporting fellow at Harvard University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it’s not unusual for them to fail…

CDC, State Department, World Bank Should Lead Fight Against Fake, Substandard TB Drugs

“Thanks to billions of dollars spent on diagnosis and treatment [of tuberculosis (TB)] over the past decade, deaths and infections are slowly declining,” but “fake and poorly made antibiotics are being widely used to treat tuberculosis,” according to a study “to be published [Tuesday] in the International Journal of Tuberculosis…

Women, Girls Central To Global Health, Development Agendas

Noting the U.N. Millennium Development Goals created in 2000 and the process to determine development goals for 2030, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[W]e have seen the importance of investing in women and girls and keeping them at…