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Lack Of Family Planning, Barriers To Reproductive Rights Hindering Development Progress

“Lack of family planning, along with other barriers to sexual and reproductive rights and health, remain obstacles to progress on several key development indicators,” Mushtaque Chowdhury, vice chair and adviser to the founder and chair of BRAC, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. He highlights Bangladesh as…

Polio Eradication Plan Is Working, But Continued Support Necessary

“Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area,” Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive…

Pharmaceutical Industry, International Community Must Place Drug-Resistant TB On Agenda

Writing in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, Emily Wise, a doctor volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, an area where drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is endemic, examines the conflict surrounding the treatment of the disease with a drug that can cause depression and suicidal…

International Family Planning Funding Essential To Achieve Global Security

Noting the House Appropriations Committee last month voted to cut spending for international family planning programs under the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations budget, compared with last year’s amount, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in a GlobalPost opinion piece, “A lack of access to birth control…

Power, Rice Should Use New Roles To Support Reproductive Health Rights In Post-2015 Agenda

Highlighting the recent appointments of Samantha Power as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Susan Rice as the White House national security adviser, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, “These women assume their new…

Congress Should Move Forward With Food Aid Reform To Feed More People, Save Money

“For decades, U.S. aid has fed millions overseas but the policy is stuck in a time warp and has failed to keep up with 21st-century innovations and smarter practices,” Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, writes in a Seattle Times opinion piece. “With common-sense modifications, U.S. food assistance could reach…

Thinking Differently About Global Development, USAID

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” Kate Almquist Knopf, a visiting policy fellow at CGD, states, “The FY14 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill passed out of the House Appropriations Committee last week is a stinging reminder of the low esteem in which many…

New Issue Of The Lancet Available Online

The most recent issue of The Lancet is available online. The issue includes, among other articles, an editorial examining the global threat of invasive meningococcal disease — or meningitis B — as well as a commentary and a paper examining maternal and child nutrition in low- and middle-income countries (8/3).