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Polio Eradication Faces Political, Diplomatic Challenges

New Yorker: The Political Fight Against Polio Sarah Stillman, staff writer for the New Yorker “…This month, we’re moving deeper into polio’s ‘high season,’ which, in much of the world, stretches from May until August. If the geography of polio mirrors that of conflict, then the challenge of eradication is,…

Mobile Technology Targets Counterfeit Drugs

New York Times: The Fight Against Fake Drugs Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…In many poor countries, counterfeit medicines are an enormous problem. … Nations with a serious counterfeiting problem can resolve it by acquiring effective regulation, strong institutions, working courts, and well-designed…

Absence Of Toilets In India Contributes To Child Malnutrition

LiveMint: Why India’s sanitation crisis is a public health emergency Sunil Chandramouli “…The absence of sanitation is not just a threat to the safety of women but also to the health of children. … Research suggests that an unhygienic environment combined with high population density creates a perfect storm for…

Provision Mandating Food Aid Be Shipped On U.S.-Flagged Ships Would Hurt Efficiency

Seattle Times: Protect U.S. food aid from the shipping industry Rick Steves, travel writer and member of Bread for the World “…Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision, hidden inside Coast Guard reauthorization bill H.R. 4005, … [that] mandates that 75 percent — an increase from 50…

Midwifery Report Provides Outline To Broaden Maternal, Child Health Care In LMICs

The following opinion pieces address the availability of midwifery care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as the “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014” report. Huffington Post: Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360, and Patsy Bailey, senior scientist with…

‘World Needs To Ensure’ Women, Infants Survive Pregnancy, Childbirth

Huffington Post: Healthy Babies Michael Møller, acting director general of United Nations Office at Geneva “…Babies should be born healthy and the world needs to ensure this happens. … The public launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan will be in Johannesburg at the end of June. Experts here in…

Bringing Sustainable Energy To More Than 1B People Will Improve Health, Development

Huffington Post: An Overlooked Health Challenge — and Opportunity Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “Parents everywhere want their children to grow up safe and healthy — but more than one billion people face health risks simply because they don’t have modern energy services. … We…

Improved Basic Sanitation Critical For Safety Of Women, Girls

The Guardian: Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign; and Nick Alipui director of programs at UNICEF “Two teenage girls have been…

Treatment Of Malnutrition In Conflict, Disaster Situations Must Consider PTSD

The Guardian: Malnutrition in conflict: the psychological cause Stephanie Duvergé, Action Against Hunger psychologist in the Central African Republic (CAR) “Treating malnutrition in humanitarian crises, such as conflict and natural disaster, is far more complex than simply curing disease and providing children with therapeutic foods. Often, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]…

World Must Act On Climate Change

Project Syndicate: Our Last Chance for a Safe Planet Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on the Millennium Development Goals “…The last chance for action [on climate change] has arrived. That chance lies in Paris in December 2015,…

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