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CDC Working To Eradicate Polio Amid Partial Government Shutdown

Noting how the U.S. government’s partial shutdown is affecting the CDC — closing eight of 10 global disease detection centers worldwide — Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson writes in an opinion piece, “Fortunately, the CDC’s polio eradication effort has been largely exempted from the shutdown.” He continues, “It is part…

Conservatives Should Support Family Planning Programs

Saying conservatives historically supported family planning programs but recently have argued against contraception, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece, “But what if I told you that there are a number of really good conservative arguments for supporting and even increasing…

International Cooperation Needed To Ensure Food Security

After “a sharp rise in maize prices, triggered by the worst drought in the last 50 years in the U.S. Midwest, [one year ago] sent shock waves through the international food markets raising fears that food prices would spiral out of control,” “[t]he outlook for international food markets finally looks…

Reduce Waste, Cut Down Biofuel Use To Meet Global Food Needs

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Timothy Wise of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University and Marie Brill, executive director of ActionAid USA, discuss predictions of food insecurity, saying, “The issues are indeed serious, but the specter of looming food shortages is a bit overblown.”…

Other Countries Can Learn From Colombia’s Success In Eliminating River Blindness

Alba Lucia Morales Castro, health education adviser with the Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA), writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog about how “Colombia recently became the first country in the Americas to wipe out onchocerciasis (river blindness) and the first in the world…

Missouri’s Members Of Congress Should Support Food Aid Reform

Recalling her childhood in rural Missouri, Caroline Rouse, a junior at Yale University and a USAID intern, writes in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch opinion piece, “[O]ne document inextricably links American farmers to international policy: Public Law 480,” which “regulates the United States’ international food aid program Food for Peace” and…

To End Hunger, Policies Need To Ensure More Inclusive Economic Growth

“Every year, we take a snapshot of world progress in the fight against chronic hunger. This year, the picture is looking better, but it’s still not good enough,” Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Vice President Kanayo Nwanze, and World…

End Of AIDS Within Reach With Sustained, Increased Investment

“A decade ago, the notion of beginning to end the [AIDS] epidemic was a dream. Now it has the possibility of becoming a reality,” Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, write in the…

Ensuring Sexual, Reproductive Rights For All Key To Development In Africa

“African government leaders meet this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to chart a forward-looking agenda building on commitments made at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994,” Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique and co-chair of the High Level Task Force for ICPD –…

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