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Response To Syrian Polio Outbreak Faces Challenges But Is Progressing

The Lancet: Polio in Syria Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for polio and emergencies, and Ala Alwan, director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean “…Fully implementing [a response plan to the polio outbreak in Syria] … has required overcoming immense hurdles to reach every child amid the wreckage…

More Money, Political Will Needed To Collect Better Development Data

The Guardian: Development data: how accurate are the figures? Claire Melamed, head of the growth and equity program at the Overseas Development Institute “…The call, in the post-2015 high-level panel report for a ‘data revolution’ has created big buzz among researchers, NGOs, and others at the geekier end of the…

mHealth Apps In Developing Countries Focus On Basic Health Care

mHealthNews: mHealth priorities differ in developing nations Eric Wicklund, editor of mHealthNews “A new study making the rounds today claims that most apps in high-income regions of the world are focused on diseases, while there’s a shortage of such apps in low-income countries. … What this study doesn’t point out…

USAID’s New Mission Statement Helps Professionals Envision Agency’s ‘End Goal’

Devex: USAID’s new mission: Why it matters Michael Igoe, global development reporter for Devex “The U.S. Agency for International Development launched a brand new mission statement Wednesday. It’s the latest move by USAID to reconcile limited resources with ambitious goals, and it’s in line with an international donor landscape more…

‘We Need More Voices’ To Help End Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Huffington Post: There Is an Ambassador in You Florence Ngobeni-Allen, HIV/AIDS educator and counselor and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) ambassador “…We are just starting to win the battle against HIV/AIDS. There are fewer babies being born with HIV thanks to the work of thousands, perhaps even millions, of…

PMTCT Is ‘First Step’ To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

CNN: Join the fight for an AIDS-free future Nigel Barker, photographer and ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation “…By giving an HIV-positive pregnant woman access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) during pregnancy and breastfeeding, we can almost ensure that her baby will be born and remain HIV-free. Sadly, many…

Financial Times Publishes Commentaries From Easterly, Sachs On Development Aid

The Financial Times recently published an opinion piece by William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, and a response from Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). “…The obsession with international aid is a rich-world vanity that exaggerates the…

Hunger, Nutrition Should Be Central Component Of U.S. Policy

Huffington Post: Hunger Emergencies Cast Shadow Over State of the Union William Lambers, author and member of the Feeding America Blogger Council “As President Obama delivers the State of the Union, there are hunger emergencies both at home and abroad. … It’s vital, therefore, that Congress support international aid through…

World Vision’s ‘Child Health Now’ Ghana Campaign Calls For Global Action

The Chronicle: Child Health And Survival — A Collective Duty Of All Micah Ayo Olad, national coordinator for World Vision’s Child Health Now Campaign in Ghana “The risk for maternal death (during pregnancy or childbirth) in sub-Saharan Africa is 175 times higher than in developed countries, and risk for pregnancy-related…

Coalition Aims To Give Voice To Millions Of People Living With Chagas In The Americas

Huffington Post: Chagas Disease: Urgent Measures Are Needed Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “…[T]oday approximately 100 million people in the Western Hemisphere also live on less than $2 per day. About 10 percent of these ‘bottom 100 million’ currently live with a serious and…