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Malawi President Joyce Banda Leads Campaign Against Sexual Violence

New York Times: Can One of Africa’s Most Powerful Women Stop Sexual Violence? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “What hope is there for girls in Africa if, in the country led by one of the most powerful women on the continent, rape is repeated with ‘terrifying regularity’? That’s how UNICEF has…

Founder Of Maternal Health NGO In Africa Discusses Women’s Empowerment

Huffington Post: A Life-Saving Tip, From One Mother to Another Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “… WBFA (The Wellbeing Foundation Africa) works through building advocacy/awareness, charitable funding, and community mobilization to empower mothers and families and provide them with the tools and life-skills they need to make…

Action Is Needed To Prevent The Spread Of TB

The Independent: The return of the plague: We need to act now to prevent tuberculosis from wreaking more havoc Jezza Neumann, filmmaker “…[T]uberculosis (TB) is already hovering in the background of people’s everyday lives. One in three people around the world is carrying the disease… I would love to see…

Nutrition Momentum In 2013 Must Translate To Measurable Impact In 2014

The Guardian: 2014: the year we defeat child hunger? Stuart Gillespie, senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute and chief executive of the Transform Nutrition consortium “2013 was a golden year for nutrition, with ramped up political attention and massive financial pledges. But 2014 has to be…

Recent Current Events Could Signal Food Price Volatility

CNN: Are more food protests around the corner? Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph “This week’s headlines may have been dominated by the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, but three seemingly unrelated stories that have developed over the past week…

‘Long Way To Go’ To Reach Universal Sanitation Access In Mali

Devex: Rebuilding taps and toilets in Mali Fatoumata Haidara, WaterAid country representative in Zambia “Just over a year ago, Mali was plunged into civil war as militants took over the north of the country and France staged a military intervention to push them back. … Before the war, the situation…

Flat Funding Of U.S. Science Research Likely To Continue

Nature: Don’t hide the decline President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal “leaves the budgets of major scientific funders, such as the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the research efforts at the Department of Energy, essentially flat. … Meanwhile, the economic strain on…

Haiti’s Sanitation System Needs Donor Assistance To Improve

New Yorker: Haiti’s Shadow Sanitation System Jonathan Katz, writer based in Durham, N.C. “…Building a nationwide water and sanitation infrastructure would cost $1.6 billion, Pedro Medrano Rojas, the new U.N. senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti, told me. … Many advocates argue that the billions in needed investments must…

Europe’s Harm Reduction Drug Policies Can Be Model For Other Regions, Nations

Huffington Post: Postcard From Vienna: Europe’s Stance on International Drug Policy Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “… This year the annual U.N.-sponsored Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting [in Vienna] will feature a High Level Review of international drug policy to assess where…

Research Collaborations Can Improve Health Care, Policy In Africa

PLOS Medicine: Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations Kathryn Chu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Sudha Jayaraman of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; and Patrick Kyamanywa and Georges Ntakiyiruta of the University of Rwanda “…Global health partnerships and international research collaborations have enormous potential to improve…