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‘No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance,’ Save The Children President Says

Huffington Post: No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children “…As new research released [on Monday] by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone. ……

Education Important For Curbing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it’s by choice? Ola Perczynska, program manager at Her Turn in Kathmandu, Nepal “Despite child marriage being a human rights violation and the negative effects on girls and subsequently their children being well documented, in rural Nepal, an increasing…

Political Will, Funding Necessary To End Newborn Deaths

The Hill: Honoring every newborn Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) “…[T]here are existing interventions that, if scaled up, have the potential to reduce newborn deaths by as much as 75 percent. What’s lacking is the political will and funding to deliver…

‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Can Help Address Spread Of Leishmaniasis In Conflict Zones

Huffington Post: Leishmaniasis: The Neglected Disease of War, Conflict, and Human Misery Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “One of the least known consequences of modern conflict in the Middle East and East Africa has been the widespread devastation that results from a tropical infection…

Re-establishing USAID As Stand-Alone Agency ‘Essential’ To Fixing U.S. Foreign Aid

Reuters: How to fix foreign aid Paul Brinkley, former deputy under secretary of defense and founding director of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations from 2004-20ll “…America’s inability to provide even symbolic access to economic opportunity is crippling our image abroad. The mistaken belief that the United States…

Farm Bill Will Provide ‘Much Greater Flexibility’ For U.S. Food Aid Program

Chicago Tribune: USAID gets relief in legislation “The farm bill provides much greater flexibility for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which runs the [Food for Peace] program. About 20 percent of the money devoted to foreign food aid will no longer be restricted. The change is so significant that…

African Leaders Have Obligation To Protect Citizens, Including Those In LGBT Communities

New York Times: Antigay Laws in Africa Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations at Amnesty International USA “The new antigay law in Uganda is alarming and, sadly, not shocking. … [I]t follows the passage of similar legislation in Nigeria and fits within a growing trend that Amnesty International reported…

U.S., U.K. Call On Global Community To Take Action Against Sexual Violence

“Preventing sexual violence in conflict isn’t about politics. It’s about our common humanity, and we all need to be united in action against it. That’s why the United Kingdom and the United States are working together to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict, humanitarian emergencies and peacetime,” U.S. Secretary…

Simple, Low-Cost Interventions Can Reduce Maternal Mortality

GlobalPost “Pulse”: When pregnancy is a death sentence for women Harman Boparai, a doctor and freelance journalist “…From my work as a doctor and journalist, I’ve seen that you do not need state-of-the-art facilities or equipment to save many women’s lives. What you need are simple, low-cost solutions and timely…