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Ebola Can Be Contained With Combination Of Strategies

Financial Times: Ebola is not an invincible superbug Editorial Board “The Ebola epidemic raging through West Africa has highlighted not only the terrible state of the region’s public health infrastructure but also the low priority given worldwide to developing treatments for tropical diseases. …[H]ealth authorities are only now beginning to…

Food Aid Needs To Consider Local Economies

The Guardian: Fed on food aid: does emergency nutrition cripple local economies? Matthew Jenkin, editor of Guardian Careers “In July news broke that local micronutrient producers in Haiti were in danger of going out of business because of the actions of NGOs. The non-profit Meds & Food for Kids (MFK)…

Indigenous People Should Be At ‘Center Of International Development Efforts’

The Guardian: Why are indigenous people left out of the sustainable development goals? Jonathan Glennie, research associate at the Overseas Development Institute in London and at the Centro De Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei) in Bogotá “…The slow erosion of indigenous people is one of the world’s greatest ongoing tragedies, and…

How To Encourage Drug Industry To Tackle ‘Neglected’ Diseases

Washington Post: Why the drug industry hasn’t come up with an Ebola cure Jason Millman, Washington Post reporter “The lack of an Ebola cure amid the deadliest outbreak in the disease’s history is highlighting a significant challenge in the public health world: developing life-saving cures to those who need them…

Huffington Post Profiles Ethiopian Girl’s Experience With Early Marriage

Huffington Post: ‘I Will Keep Very Strong’: An Ethiopian Girl Fights to Delay Marriage U.N. Women “…According to the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey, the Afar Region has the second-highest child marriage prevalence in the country. Many parents insist their daughters marry early, fearing the girls might otherwise become…

Five Myths On Ebola Debunked

Huffington Post: Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means) Adam C. Levine, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown Medical School “…Of course, we should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news and bloggers alike. We should…

Cooperation Can Accelerate MDG Progress

Devex: Teamwork crucial to accelerate progress on MDGs Magdy Martínez-Solimán, U.N. Development Program’s deputy assistant administrator and director ad interim of the Bureau for Development Policy “…While we expect gains to be significant, it is clear that the unfinished work of the MDGs will continue to be a major part…

First 1,000 Days Will Shape Child’s Nutrition, Education, Future

Huffington Post: 1,000 Days Ed Gragert, director of the Global Campaign for Education-US “…The Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) is committed to ensuring that all young people worldwide have access to a quality education. But, unless a young person enters school healthy and ready to learn, with both a preschool…

Proliferation Of High-Profile Conflicts Results In Overload For Aid Agencies, NGOs

The Guardian: Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload? Sam Jones, reporter “Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smoldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi…

Ebola Outbreak Draws Attention To Need For Better Health Care System

The Guardian: Ebola epidemic heightened by poor facilities and distrust of healthcare Matthew Clark, director of The Welbodi Partnership “In June and July approximately 5,000 women and children in Sierra Leone died of diseases. The vast majority of these deaths were avoidable. … The Ebola outbreak in the country killed…

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