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Blog Posts Address Progress In, Challenges To Polio Eradication Efforts

Following the murders of several Pakistani polio vaccinators in December 2012 and India’s recognition of being free from the disease for two years on January 13, two blog posts address efforts to eradicate polio. Siddharth Chatterjee, Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog”: “Thanks to India’s success, we are now closer than ever to eliminating…

Aid Transparency ‘Critical’ For Effective Project Design & Implementation In Haiti, Elsewhere

“Saturday marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti that claimed between 230,000 and 300,000 lives,” Vijaya Ramachandran and Julie Walz of the Center for Global Development write in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” adding, “The grim landmark has prompted much discussion about the struggles surrounding reconstruction and…

Accountability Lacking For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, former Associated Press reporter Jonathan Katz recounts his experience in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and during the October 2010 outbreak of cholera. In the piece, adapted from a book he authored, Katz describes his investigation into how and where cholera was introduced to…

Financial Transaction Taxes Can Help Alleviate Global Poverty

“For the first time since the economic crisis began, the last United Nations General Assembly offered real hope for those that wish to put an end to global poverty,” U.N. Under-Secretary General Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID, writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece. “In his first speech to assembled world…

Foreign Aid Will Not Solve NCDs In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Focusing on foreign aid as a solution to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries “creates a dangerous mindset of dependency on Western countries rather than encouraging citizens to hold their own governments to account,” Greg Paton, a technical adviser to the Uganda NCD Alliance, writes in the Arogya World…

What Will Obama Say About Global Development In His State Of The Union Address?

In a Devex commentary, Devex President Raj Kumar speculates about what President Barack Obama might say about global development in his upcoming State of the Union address. “The president has made clear his view that global development is a top national security priority,” he writes, adding, “It seems logical that he…

True Solution To Cholera Is Improving Access To Safe Water, Sanitation

“[E]ven when it is not covered in the news or noticed by the public, cholera occurs regularly in the developing world, and the annual number of cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) has increased over the past few years to more than half a million cases and 7,816…

Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships To Improve Global Health

“Although global health was historically dominated by U.N. agencies and bilateral organizations, new partnerships with the private sector have emerged since the 1990s,” Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at Rabin Martin, and Adel Mahmoud, a professor at Princeton University, write in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “In part, global health’s private…