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International Community Must Continue To Fund Efforts To Stop Spread Of Infectious Diseases

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, Dirk Niebel, Germany’s federal minister of economic cooperation and development, discusses “why Germany announced [last] week that it is committing one billion euros over five years to the Global Fund.” Niebel provides a number of global disease statistics and writes, “We…

Post-2015 Development Goals Should Address Shortcomings Of Current MDGs

“Later this week, a group of 26 people will meet in Liberia to discuss how the world should tackle global development challenges over the next decade or two,” Ben Leo, global policy director of the ONE Campaign, writes in a TrustLaw opinion piece. “The so-called High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons…

Opinion Pieces Examine Role Of Private Sector Investment In Global Health

The following opinion pieces were published Saturday as the World Economic Forum, held last week in Davos, Switzerland, came to a close. Dagfinn Hoybraten, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “There’s a growing and welcome awareness that the world’s biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well,” Hoybraten, vice president of…

In Fight Against Hunger, 6 Principles To Increase Resilience In Food-Insecure Communities

“As we grow more interconnected, a range of complex risks, including climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, conflict, and food and fuel price volatility, are exacerbating the challenges faced by vulnerable communities,” Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP); José Graziano da Silva, director general of…

Have Scientists Thoroughly Addressed Avian Flu Research Concerns?

Noting that researchers recently lifted a nearly yearlong moratorium on H5N1 avian influenza research, put in place “because of safety and terrorism concerns,” a New York Times editorial states, “We wish we could be as sanguine as they are that all the earlier concerns have been dealt with.” The editorial…

Polio Eradication Must Fit Into Larger Public Health, Development Goals

“The tragic murders of nine anti-polio workers in Pakistan last month, followed by the New Year’s Day killing of seven more local community development workers, was both a wake-up call to the global polio eradication effort in its current form, and a ‘canary in the mine’ regarding the deteriorating state…

Opinion Pieces Address Launch Of ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups on Wednesday launched the IF campaign, aimed at addressing global hunger. The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in response to the campaign’s launch. Jon Ashworth, Huffington Post U.K.’s “Politics” blog: “Significantly, this campaign — ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ –…

Obama Should ‘Cement His Legacy On Global Development’ In Second Term

President Obama “has made some good headway [on foreign aid] in his first term, producing the government’s first global development policy and an innovative new policy on disaster resilience, launching new efforts to combat global hunger, supporting reforms to the U.S. Agency for International Development and committing to greater aid…

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…