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Emphasis on ‘How’ Missing From ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

The “Enough Food for Everyone If” campaign (IF campaign), “supported by a coalition of more than 100 development organizations, has identified four priorities on aid, land, tax avoidance and market transparency,” Zahid Torres-Rahman, founder of Business Fights Poverty, writes in the Guardian Sustainable Business blog. “Of course the issues are hugely important,…

Hoping For Universal Family Planning By 2030

Dana Horvig, CEO of Marie Stopes International, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that his hope is “that by 2030 we are finally living in the golden age of family planning … in which everyone has access to whatever type of contraception they want, no…

Chiefs Play Important Role In Decreasing Maternal Mortality In Malawi

If Malawi President Joyce Banda’s mission to decrease the country’s high maternal mortality rate is to succeed, “it will depend, in part, on her government’s ability to harness the country’s true power brokers, Malawi’s 20,000 village chiefs — and sensitize them to the dangers of women giving birth with [unskilled]…

Examining The Closure, Revival Of The Global Health Council

Writing in the Humanosphere blog, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the closure in April 2012 of the Global Health Council (GHC) and the recreation of the organization, “with a new board, a slightly new name (Global Health Coalition) and with purportedly a new and more relevant strategy.” Murphy describes the history of GHC, as…

Fighting NTDs Has Greater Effect Of Empowering Women

“As Melinda Gates captured through her [blog] piece by envisioning the conversation of women’s role in the year 2030, I would also like to offer my voice in the spirit of conversation,” Mawish Raza, a communications intern with the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), writes in the network’s “End the…

Global Response To Possible H5N1 Flu Outbreak Could Affect Epidemic’s Course

“It’s been a rough flu season this winter in the United States and Europe, but it could be worse. A lot worse,” science writer Carl Zimmer states in National Geographic’s “Phenomena: The Loom” blog. In other parts of the world, including Egypt, India and Cambodia, the H5N1 avian influenza strain…

Blogs Discuss India’s National ‘Call To Action For Child Survival And Development’ Summit

“At the forefront of the fight against child mortality and morbidity, India is leading the global community in placing a renewed emphasis on this important mission,” William Hammink, India mission director, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” adding the country’s “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development” summit, taking place this…

Trust In Markets Essential To Creating More Food-Secure World

“Far too often we are seeing national governments overreact [to market fluctuations] to the extent that they are making pledges about and taking measures toward food self-sufficiency,” Emery Koenig, executive vice president and chief risk officer of Cargill, writes in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food For Thought”…