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Obama Administration Could Revolutionize Aid, Save Billions With Food Aid Reform

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security program at the Center for American Progress, examines how “[t]he Obama administration could revolutionize aid and save billions … with fairly minor changes to how we deliver food assistance abroad.” He states, “For all its good deeds,…

Gates Blog Examines Link Between Access To Contraceptives, Women’s Empowerment

“In my line of work — improving the health and well-being of women and girls — ‘empowerment’ is both the end we seek and the means we use to get there,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Our vision…

Examining NTD Response In Obama’s Second Term

“As President Obama’s second term begins to take shape and new faces assume new leadership roles, many in Washington are trying to gauge what will happen to global health,” Michelle Brooks, policy director at the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), writes in the organization’s “End the Neglect” blog.…

Focus On Growth, Good Governance Will Transform African Continent

Writing in the Guardian’s “Comment Is Free” blog, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair examines advances made in health and development across Africa since the Gleneagles G8 meeting in 2005, writing, “Today, the positive legacy of that summit is still being felt across Africa: aid was doubled and developing world debt dropped.”…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The Independent recently published an editorial and opinion piece discussing the global effort to eradicate polio. The following are summaries of the articles. Editorial: “Thanks to [polio] eradication efforts over the past 25 years, the total of cases worldwide has been reduced by 99 percent, to just 222 last year,”…

Secretary Clinton Worked To Elevate Women’s Rights; Kerry Should Continue Her Work

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “College” blog about Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, Alecia deCoudreaux, president of Mills College, states that Clinton “pushed for recognition of women’s rights as a worldwide humanitarian cause, identifying the connection between the advancement of women’s equality and global stability.” In addition, “Clinton…

India Needs Political Leadership, Resources To Ensure Children’s Right To Health

“India is making positive strides in reducing child mortality through new policies and ambitious programs, but preventing the deaths of millions of children remains one of the country’s greatest challenges,” health expert and blogger John Butler writes in the Wall Street Journals “India Real Time” blog, noting, “Roughly 1.7 million…

Community-Led Engagement, Greater Access Needed To End Polio

“While the challenges we face in the last polio reservoirs are difficult, they are not intractable,” Bekele Geleta, secretary general of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in an AlertNet opinion piece. “To end polio forever, we must answer a critical question: what is the…

Sustained Funding Necessary For Success Of Global Polio Eradication Plan

“[W]e are teaming up to tackle one of the most ambitious public health goals ever set: eradicating polio, a disease that has haunted humanity at least since ancient Egypt,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P., and Bill Gates, chair of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill…

Shrinking U.S. Investment In Scientific R&D ‘Affects The Whole World’

In his State of the Union address on February 12, President Barack Obama “called for a new era of scientific discovery,” an Economist editorial states, adding, “This would mean spending more on research.” But “[a]s The Economist went to press, America’s government was about to do the opposite,” the editorial states, noting federal spending…