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Data, Resources Needed To Monitor Development Goals

The Guardian: Cost of gathering data on new development goals could be crippling Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre “For the past decade and a half, the world has made a few smart promises with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):…

Political, Financial Investments Critical To Keeping Up Momentum On MDGs

Devex: Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind Amina Mohammed, U.N. secretary general’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning, and Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International “As two African women and development leaders deeply involved in efforts to irreversibly end poverty and set the world on…

International Community Testing Its Luck By Not Adequately Responding To Ebola

Financial Times: A ravenous Ebola epidemic that the world could have stopped Anjana Ahuja, science journalist “…A lack of leadership has been almost as terrifying as the [Ebola] virus, turning an avoidable crisis into a man-made catastrophe. … We have survived globe-threatening ailments such as bird flu and severe acute…

Climate Should Not Be Top Priority Compared With Other Development Issues

National Post: Bjørn Lomborg: Global warming is hardly the world’s biggest problem Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting the world’s leaders for a climate summit today, ‘to make climate change a top priority for all…

Community Health Programs Can Work With Governments To Improve Family Planning Access

Devex: Kindling family planning change in urban slums Gita Pillai and Anju Dadhwal Singh of the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) in India “…Improving equitable access to family planning services and supplies as well as reducing the gap in unmet need for family planning services between the poor and the nonpoor…

More Must Be Done To Contain Current Ebola Outbreak, Prepare For Future Epidemics

New England Journal of Medicine: The Ebola Emergency — Immediate Action, Ongoing Strategy Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, and Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…[T]he current Ebola epidemic, which is in grave danger of spiraling out of control, must remain the…

NTDs Pose ‘Threat To All Nations’

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Neglected tropical diseases: no longer someone else’s problem Editorial Board “Neglected tropical diseases were once thought to be restricted to developing countries, largely because climate and inadequate health infrastructures allow the organisms and their vectors to thrive. However, at the beginning of September, Japan reported its…

Opinion Pieces Address Access To Reproductive Health Services

The following opinion pieces address access to reproductive health services for women worldwide. Devex: Universal access to reproductive health care: A global obligation and opportunity Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation “…Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a global…

Men Must Be Involved In Women’s Maternal, Reproductive Health Care

Huffington Post: How Can Men Help Stop The Spread of HIV to Infants and Children? Barbara Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, and Brian Ssennoga, a former Global Health Corps fellow Bush interviews Ssennoga about his work as a GHC fellow in Uganda, focusing on the importance of…

PLOS Medicine Launches Collection On Universal Health Coverage

PLOS Medicine: The PLOS “Monitoring Universal Health Coverage” Collection: Managing Expectations Editorial Board “This week, PLOS Medicine publishes the PLOS Collection ‘Monitoring Universal Health Coverage,’ launched on September 22nd at the Rockefeller Foundation as a side event of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. … As illustrated…

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