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‘Collective Action’ Can Help Improve MCH In Kenya

Huffington Post: Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time: Maternal Health in Kenya Abbas Gullet, secretary general of the Kenyan Red Cross, and Siddharth Chatterjee, representative at UNFPA Kenya “…As we race towards the Millennium Development Goals, [Kenya] is set to meet many of the development targets by 2015. On…

WFP Will Support Yemen During Country’s Peace Process

Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP at turning point for politics and humanitarianism in Yemen Bishow Parajuli, country director and representative of the U.N. World Food Programme in Yemen “This is a critical time for Yemen. After the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference in January, the country is taking concrete steps…

Preventing Malaria Can Help Release ‘Full Potential’ Of Future Generations

Huffington Post: We Can Be the Generation to End Malaria Deaths Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister and board member for Friends of the Global Fund Africa “Friday [April 25] is World Malaria Day, an opportune moment to recognize the recent, remarkable progress to save lives from malaria as well as…

U.S. Government, Pharma Companies Should Test Ebola Vaccine Candidate

Foreign Affairs: An Unnecessary Plague Jessica Hatcher, journalist An Ebola outbreak in Guinea “has spread to neighboring Liberia, with additional cases suspected in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Mali. … What’s particularly disturbing about the present crisis, however, is that some infections could have been prevented. For years, the United States…

Car Wash Started By Ethiopian Youth Provides HIV/AIDS Education

Huffington Post: Cleaning up Ethiopia — One Car at a Time Anne Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International “…Ethiopia is on track toward meeting all eight MDGs, from eradicating extreme hunger and poverty to improving maternal health to reducing child mortality. … In Gulele, a sub-city of the capital,…

Saudi Arabia Must Embrace Transparency, Cooperation In MERS Outbreak

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia’s MERS virus outbreak demands transparency “…Major uncertainties about the MERS virus persist, including how it spreads, whether it has efficiently begun human-to-human transmission and whether its genetic makeup has evolved. The Saudis must throw open their doors to international scientific inquiry. … For everyone’s safety and…

Opinion Pieces Highlight World Malaria Day, Efforts To Eliminate Disease

The following is a summary of three opinion pieces addressing World Malaria Day 2014. Huffington Post: Top 10 Reasons to Believe Malaria Can Be Defeated in Our Lifetime Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing “In 2008, the malaria community came together to celebrate the first World Malaria Day…

World Must ‘Get Serious About Tackling’ Water, Sanitation

New York Times: Cholera and Clean Water Lisa Schectman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid “Drawing attention to the continuing catastrophe of cholera in Haiti is critical to bringing an end to the preventable suffering and death that stem from the true root cause: poor access to safe drinking…

Climate Change Is A Food Security Issue

Al Jazeera: Climate change and the food security dimension Hilal Elver, research professor in global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Climate Change Project “The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report made clear that climate change will be harmful for…

U.S. Food Aid Must ‘Prioritize Population Needs Over Industry Pressure’

Lancet Global Health: ‘From the American People’: the U.S. Farm Bill and the reform of emergency food aid James Smith of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne “…With the support of several international non-governmental organizations, the current U.S. administration recently proposed substantial changes, which would largely delink food aid from…