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Addressing Gender Equality Essential To Building Resiliency In Sahel Region

Devex: Ebola, tsunamis, and droughts — how gender inequality undermines community resilience Sahar Alnouri, senior gender adviser at Mercy Corps “Up to three out of four people who contract the deadly Ebola virus are women. Nearly two out of three people who died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami were…

‘All Countries Stand To Benefit From Climate Action’

Inter Press Service: A Climate Summit to Spark Action Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general “On Sep. 23, I have invited world leaders from government, business, finance, and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York so they can show the world how they will advance action on climate change…

Health System Improvements Necessary To Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Huffington Post: Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems John Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Investing in Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries “…In discussions at the United Nations in New…

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be ‘At The Heart Of’ Development Framework

Huffington Post: An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique, and Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland, and both co-chairs of the ICPD High-Level Task Force “World leaders will descend on United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 September to…

Opinion Pieces, Letters To Editor Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and letters to the editor address issues surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Wall Street Journal: Ebola’s Warning for an Unprepared America Scott Gottlieb, an American Enterprise Institute resident fellow, and Tevi Troy, president of the American Health Policy Institute “…President Obama has put the Pentagon in…

Three Areas For Greater Investment In Sexual, Reproductive Health

Huffington Post: Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-2015 Dialogue Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360 “Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development. … We are hopeful…

Donating Cash To Organizations Responding To Ebola Best Way To Help

Washington Post: Giving cash is the best way to combat Ebola Juanita Rilling, director of the USAID Center for International Disaster Information “Much has been reported on the Ebola outbreak, but little information has been provided on how the public can contribute to the relief effort. … The most effective…

South-South Cooperation Can Help Communities Eliminate NTDs

Devex: South-South cooperation: Protecting indigenous peoples from NTDs Mirta Roses Periago, special envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and former director of the Pan American Health Organization “Last week, the international development community celebrated the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, an opportunity for stakeholders to examine…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various issues surrounding the Ebola epidemic. Wall Street Journal: Poll: Most Americans Positive About Ebola Response Drew Altman, president and chief executive officer of the Kaiser Family Foundation “…[T]he American people have remained levelheaded [about Ebola in the U.S.]. … The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted…

Post-2015 Nutrition Target Should Be More Ambitious

The Guardian: Getting a nutrition goal is great, but we need a more ambitious target Glen Tarman, international advocacy director for Action Against Hunger “Nutrition did not feature strongly enough in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Persistently high levels of hunger and undernutrition in many countries mean that these issues…

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