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Focus On Early Childhood Critical To New Development Framework

“UNICEF’s latest report [.pdf] on child nutrition, launched at the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation and Irish Government, revealed that every year 2.3 million children under the age of five still die of malnutrition and 165 million children are stunted as a result…

Foreign Aid Reform Increases Efficiency, Should Appeal To All Members Of Congress

“Since the Eisenhower administration, the United States generally has done food aid in a certain way: grow and pack it in this country, ship it across the world on U.S.-flagged ships, then deliver it through American charities, which sell a portion of the food to fund their other programs,” columnist…

Lessons Learned From India’s Polio Response Could Help Country Combat Other Diseases

“More than 400 signatories to [a scientific declaration urging the world to eradicate polio], hailing from 80 countries, believe polio eradication is achievable in large part because of the great gains India has made against the disease,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College…

Production Of Synthetic Artemisinin An Attack Against Farmers Currently Growing The Plant

“On Thursday, the founder of Amyris Biotech triumphantly announced production of 70 million doses of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin,” Jim Thomas, research program director for ETC group, a technology watchdog that works with farmers’ organizations, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog. “This sounds like good news for poor people…

Global Fund Has Achieved Impressive Results, But More Work Remains

“This week I had the pleasure to host a preparatory meeting between donors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “The meeting was held for two very good reasons: to assess the…

USAID Reform Should Be ‘Priority’ For U.S. Government

“The amount of good our nation has done for poor and hungry people around the world over the last 10 years is astounding,” Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; George Ingram, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), a senior fellow…

Global Commitment Needed For Polio Eradication

“I have spent my career seeking to understand and tackling deadly viruses, from ebola to HIV. But polio stands out because, unlike these diseases, we already hold the key to its eradication: effective vaccines,” Peter Piot, director and professor of global health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical…

President’s FY14 Budget Proposal Encourages More Donation To Global Fund

By proposing $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “in his 2014 budget request to Congress, President Obama gave the world the next big shove it needs to control and end AIDS, tuberculosis [TB], and malaria,” Kolleen Bouchane, director of ACTION, writes in the Huffington Post’s…

Drug Makers Must Change R&D Practices Or Patent Disputes Will Continue

“[T]he impact of [a decision by the Supreme Court in India to disallow a new patent for an updated version of Novartis’ cancer drug Glivec] will likely be broader than just that issue, escalating a long-simmering fight over patented cancer medications in emerging markets,” Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health,…

FY14 Budget Request Has Mixed Implications For Foreign Aid, Humanitarian Programs

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Jeremy Kadden, senior legislative manager at InterAction, examines the potential implications of the Obama administration’s budget request for U.S. foreign aid. He states that “[d]igging in to the details of the budget plan” there is “mixed news,” and provides figures from the request.…