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Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to…

Progress On WASH Critical To Post-2015 Development

Devex: Turning the post-2015 trickle into a flood Girish Menon, director of international operations for WaterAid U.K. “…The debate around what will follow the MDGs has been long and complex. There are many issues on the table. But putting safe WASH front and center is not negotiable. Sanitation and hygiene…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces address International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: International Women’s Day: Give Yourself the Chance to Be Extraordinary Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global “…As you are thinking about what International Women’s Day means to you, I encourage you to look for inspiration from…

Op-Ed Examines Reasons Why India’s Polio Effort Was Successful

New York Times: An End to Polio in India? Esha Chhabra, freelance journalist”…The success of India’s polio effort has turned it into a blueprint for large-scale health campaigns. Now India is using what it did with polio to boost rates of routine vaccinations. … The Indian government has pitched in…

Long-Term Impact Of Food Vouchers ‘Remains To Be Seen’

The Economist: Giving generously “…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than…

U.S. Must Address International Violence Against Women

Arizona Daily Star: Plight of world’s women must be addressed Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide “Saturday is International Women’s Day, a 105-year-old annual call to action for women’s equality. But for many women and girls around the world, its most basic promise of freedom remains unfulfilled.…

Gender Equality’s Link To Peace Should Be Central To Post-2015 MDG Framework

The Guardian: Gender equality and peace are linked — the post-2015 agenda should reflect it Hannah Wright, gender, peace and security adviser at Saferworld “…As the debate on what to replace the MDGs with after 2015 gathers pace, there are continued calls for gender equality to be central to the…

Simple, Low-Cost Interventions Can Reduce Maternal Mortality

GlobalPost “Pulse”: When pregnancy is a death sentence for women Harman Boparai, a doctor and freelance journalist “…From my work as a doctor and journalist, I’ve seen that you do not need state-of-the-art facilities or equipment to save many women’s lives. What you need are simple, low-cost solutions and timely…

With Unprecedented Simultaneous Crises, Time To Reassess Humanitarian Aid Goals

The Guardian: It’s time to reassess the goals of humanitarian aid David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “For the first time the U.N. has declared three simultaneous crises — in South Sudan, Syria and the Philippines — as level 3, the highest…

Criminalizing Homosexuality ‘Might Do Untold Damage’ To HIV Treatment, Prevention Efforts

The Lancet: Criminalizing homosexuality threatens the fight against HIV/AIDS Ashton Barnett-Vanes of St. George’s University of London “…Criminalizing homosexuality might do untold damage to HIV treatment and prevention efforts that have succeeded in engaging with the homosexual community. … The ambitious goals to tackle HIV by 2015 as outlined by…

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