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Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…

‘Innovative’ Awareness Campaigns On Maternal Health Will Push Progress In Ghana

Despite international praise for Ghana’s successful economic growth and its “reputation as a beacon of democracy in Africa,” “4,000 women die every year and over 200,000 are disabled due to pregnancy-related complications,” Kwesi Owusu, executive producer of the Maternal Health Channel television series, writes in a CNN opinion piece. “So how…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Address Global Health

“A proliferation of complex challenges to development, such as political conflict, economic austerity, and environmental degradation, all demand attention, but should not deflect from recognizing that good health is central to advancing global prosperity,” GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and…

Global Community Failing To Address Health Inequalities

“The goal of the WHO — amplified … in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — is to ensure the attainment by the entire world’s people of the highest possible level of health,” Calum Macpherson, director and vice president of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, writes in a…

Investment In Women’s Health Important For Global Development

“Throughout my tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the Committee on Appropriations, I have had the opportunity to help shape U.S. development assistance. And I am proud of the United States’ leadership in providing support and funding for critical global health initiatives that both save lives and…

Preventing 4.4M Child Deaths In Next 1,000 Days Is Possible

“To reach the goal of decreasing deaths of children who have not yet reached their fifth birthday to four million in 2015, we estimate that 4.4 million children’s deaths must be averted in the next 1,000 days,” U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers writes in the Huffington Post’s “The…

Appointment Of Former British MP To Head IRC Will Affect Autonomy Of Humanitarian Agencies

The appointment of David Miliband — who on Wednesday resigned his seat as Member of Parliament for South Shields — as president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) “is another nail in the coffin to claims of humanitarian independence,” Michiel Hofman, senior humanitarian specialist for the Humanitarian Innovation…

Different Metrics Should Be Used In Different Settings To Measure ARV Program Success

Noting the recent publication in Science of two studies showing “the profound impact of antiretroviral-therapy coverage at a population level” — how wider coverage can increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of HIV infection — Grace John-Stewart, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, writes in a…

Religion, Religious Leaders Have Been Central To Health, Development Improvements In Africa

“After decades of doom-and-gloom news about AIDS in Africa, optimism is finally in the air,” Jenny Trinitapoli, an assistant professor of sociology, demography, and religious studies at Penn State University, and Alexander Weinreb, an associate professor in the department of sociology and a research associate at the Population Research Center…

USAID Has Played Vital Role In Global Efforts To End Preventable Child Deaths

Noting USAID last week “released its first progress report examining how reforms enacted three years ago have strengthened the agency’s relentless focus on results,” Nicole Schiegg, a senior adviser at the agency, writes in the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, “One of the strongest examples of leveraging innovation and partnership is…