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Investments Needed To Implement Interventions To Save Newborn Lives

“Each year, three million newborns die, making up 43 percent of the world’s under-five child deaths,” Joy Lawn, director of global evidence and policy for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives, writes in an Inter Press Service opinion piece. “The moments before, during and immediately after labor are critical for…

Pope Francis’s Pledge To Poor Can Translate Into Social Action

Writing in a SciDev.Net feature article, journalist Imogen Mathers examines what the election of the new pope will mean for the development sector. “With the sector gearing up for World Health Day this weekend (7 April), debates continue about what changes — if any — Pope Francis I will make…

U.S. Should Continue Its Investment In Global Polio Eradication Efforts

“All Americans should take pride in the fact that the world is on the verge of eradicating polio, and finishing the job for good has never been more achievable,” Tufts Health Plan President and CEO James Roosevelt writes in The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog. “Thanks in large part to U.S.…

Continued Support Of Global Fund Is Worthy Investment

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, examines why the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a good investment. Noting the Global Fund on Monday announced “that it will need $15 billion to continue its…

Politicians Need To Address ‘Increasingly Ominous’ Issue Of Food Security

“A study by the U.K. Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent of all the food grown in the world never makes it to the plate,” and “[u]p to one billion people are malnourished or hungry,” a Guardian editorial writes. “But food security is not just…

Opinion Pieces, Blogs Address World Health Day

To mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO in 1948, the international community on April 7 observed World Health Day. This year’s theme was high blood pressure, or hypertension. The following is a summary of opinion pieces and blog posts addressing the day. Françoise Castex, Devex: “This year…

Blogs, Opinion Pieces Recognize 1,000 Day Milestone Until End Of MDGs

April 5 marked 1,000 days until the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed to by the U.N. in 2000 as the world’s first development agenda. International discussions are underway to determine the post-2015 development agenda. Several blog posts and opinion pieces recently addressed the milestone. Steve Feldstein, USAID’s…

Proposed BRICS Development Bank Should Focus On Improving Population Health

“Leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) nations met in Durban, South Africa, last week (March 26-27), for their fifth annual summit, and made an intriguing decision: to establish between them a new development bank,” a Lancet editorial states. “The bank would mobilize resources for infrastructure…

Editorials Discuss GPEI Polio Eradication Plan

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) on Tuesday launched its Global Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan in Washington, D.C. The new plan aims to eliminate wild-type polio by 2015 and completely eradicate the virus by 2018. The following editorials address efforts to eradicate polio. Bloomberg: The goal of eradicating polio “can…