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More Can Be Done To Help Children In Afghanistan

New York Times: Child Hunger in Afghanistan Werner Schultink, chief of nutrition at UNICEF Referring to a January 5 New York Times article on child nutrition in Afghanistan, Schultink writes, “Under the leadership of the Afghan government, last year UNICEF and partners treated some 185,000 children under five with acute…

U.S. Should Do More To Tackle Smoking Worldwide

Los Angeles Times: The global grip of cigarette smoking Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics and development at the Council on Foreign Relations “… [The] 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies in the United States, but…

Nigeria Should Go Beyond Mosquito Net Hand-Outs To Combat Malaria

The Guardian: Beyond mosquito net hand-outs: the fight against malaria in Nigeria Chris Thomas, communications and policy adviser at the President’s Malaria Initiative “…International donors including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, World Bank, the U.K.’s Department for International Development and the U.S.’s President’s Malaria Initiative have…

Bill And Melinda Gates Dispel Three Myths That ‘Block Progress For The Poor’

In Bill and Melinda Gates’s 2014 Annual Letter, they discuss three myths that block progress for the poor: “poor countries are doomed to stay poor”; “foreign aid is a big waste”; and “saving lives leads to overpopulation.” They write, “The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease…

‘Time Is Now’ To Create ‘Grand Convergence’ In Global Health

Huffington Post: Achieving Global Health Equality Within a Generation Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University and chair of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, GlobalHealth2035.org, and Gavin Yamey, associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health…

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

India Should Tackle Malnutrition Through Investments In Education, Researchers Say

The Guardian: Tackling malnutrition in India: the role of higher education Tanusree Paul, research associate at Public Health Foundation of India, and Shweta Khandelwal, research scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India “…One of the biggest, but broadly overlooked factors contributing to India’s nutrition problem is that people are…

‘High-Quality Aid’ Can ‘Save Lives And Promote Development’

Foreign Policy: The Case for Aid Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…As experience demonstrates, it is possible to use our reason, management know-how, technology, and learning by doing to design highly effective aid programs that save lives and promote development. This should be done in…

Global Community Must Implement ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’

Huffington Post: Creating a Global Roadmap to End Childhood TB Stephan Rabimov, business development and marketing manager, International Management Development Program “…As per international guidelines, young or HIV-infected children in contact with an adult with TB should be offered preventive treatment that can reduce the risk of their developing TB…

Prisoners In Cambodia Should Receive Drug Use Treatment To Help Prevent HIV Infections

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Aphyra Chheav, a member of the Key Correspondents program, advocates that prisoners in Cambodia should have access to treatment for illicit drug use. “…One motivation to provide better drug treatment for prisoners relates to the global ambition to prevent new…

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