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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…

Humanitarian Response To Syrian Conflict ‘Half-Hearted At Best’

“The massacre in Syria rages on and yet we stand idle. We must realize that, to millions of Syrians trapped in the country, the virtual absence of humanitarian relief is nearly as arbitrary and cruel as the war itself,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel peace…

USAID Reform Is Moving In Right Direction

Noting USAID on Wednesday released USAID Forward, “a progress report on its three-year-old reform effort … which in the words of Administrator Rajiv Shah has the ultimate goal of putting ‘ourselves out of business,'” Bill Lane, the director of International Governmental Affairs for Caterpillar, and Carolyn Miles, president and CEO…

Integration Of TB/HIV Services Necessary To Beat ‘Twin Epidemics’

Swaziland “is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB),” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post “Healthy Living” blog. “Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also living with HIV, and TB is the leading cause of death among people with…

Additional Resources Needed To Stave Off TB Resurgence

The release of new data by the CDC “showing that the number of people contracting tuberculosis in the U.S. has been declining for 20 years … should be good news,” but “as a physician and adviser working to control TB for more than 40 years, I’m more concerned than ever before about our…