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Senate Should Advise Obama To Send Different Nominee For USAID Administrator

The Hill: Senate should not confirm Gayle Smith Alemayehu G. Mariam, professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino, and a constitutional lawyer “…Obama has tapped Gayle Smith to run the U.S. Agency for International Development. African strongmen will be very pleased by the news; but she is…

Investments In WASH Will Help Control, Eliminate NTDs, Other Infectious Diseases

Huffington Post: Eliminating Diseases by Investing in WASH Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “…It is evident that WASH interventions have a multiplier effect and positively impact other health issues and development goals. As the window to achieve the MDGs comes to a close…

World Leaders Must Protect Humanitarian Aid Workers In Conflict Zones

CNN: Attacks on aid workers an attack on all Maleeha Lodhi, permanent representative of Pakistan to the U.N. and the president of the UNICEF Executive Board “…Around the world, humanitarian aid workers have been bombed, kidnapped, and killed. Their lifesaving supplies have been confiscated and their access to those in…

Building Resilient Health Systems Vital To Preventing Future Outbreaks

New York Times: Ebola-Free, but Not Resilient Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Bernice Dahn, minister-designate of health for Liberia “…A resilient health system combines active surveillance mechanisms, robust health care delivery system, and a vigorous response to disease. … When a resilient system is in place, cities…

SDGs Must Prioritize Key Populations In Universal Health Care Targets

Huffington Post: New Development Goal Falls Short of Protecting Those Most at Risk David J. Olson, global health communications expert “…[T]he language currently proposed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) falls short of prioritizing the most marginalized and vulnerable groups … Unfortunately, the UHC target and indicators do not meet…

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