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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address ‘State Of The World’s Mothers’ Report

Save the Children on Tuesday released its annual “State of the World’s Mothers” report. The following is a summary of an editorial and an opinion piece addressing the report. Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog: “This year’s edition focuses on the staggering number of newborn deaths that occur in a baby’s…

U.S. Has Played ‘Major Role’ In Afghan Health, But Report On U.S.-Built Hospitals Shows More Could Have Been Done

“Last week, the federal Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), examined a pair of hospitals [USAID] is building in the eastern part of the country,” Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Thompson reports in Time Magazine’s “Battlefield” blog, noting, “It found the hospitals too big for Afghanistan to handle.” Thompson continues, “IGAR…

Opinion Pieces Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. Christopher Barrett, CNN’s “GPS” blog: Noting “the Obama administration’s 2014 budget sensibly proposes that the federal government, for the first time, begin handling most…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address Outbreak Of H7N9 In China

The following is a summary of an opinion piece and an editorial addressing the outbreak of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — in China. Tyler Cowen, New York Times: “The outbreak raises renewed questions about how to prepare for possible risks, should the strain become more easily…

Further Cutting U.S. Foreign Aid Would Undermine America’s ‘Soft Power’

“America’s ability to protect itself and advance its global interests often depends as much on its ‘softer’ power as it does on our nation’s armed forces,” Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, write in a Politico opinion piece. “That…

Opinion Pieces Address Health, Humanitarian Issues In War-Torn Syria

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing health and humanitarian issues in war-torn Syria. Renee Behinfar, The Hill’s “Congress Blog”: “Syrian youths face repeated exposure to trauma, ongoing threats to their lives, and minimal access to food, water, and shelter,” Behinfar, a clinical psychologist and human rights advocate,…

Opinion Pieces Address Global Polio Eradication Efforts

The following opinion pieces address the global polio response. Qanta Ahmed, Sania Nishtar, and Ziad Memish, The Lancet: “Today [the] ambitious goal [of global polio eradication] is threatened, partly by misinformed and politicized religious views that not only seed suspicion about polio vaccination but recently led to murder of polio…

Examining The Need For Effective Tools To Diagnose Typhoid

In the second post in a series in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” highlighting the agency’s work in global health, Stephen Baker and Jeremy Farrar of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Vietnam, write, “The lack of a robust, sensitive, and easy-to-use diagnostic test is one of the most serious barriers to the…