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Mothers, Children Need Assistance During Emergencies, Disasters

Huffington Post: When Disaster Strikes, Mothers and Newborns Are the Most Vulnerable Julia Wiklander, founder of Girls’ Globe “…This year’s State of the World’s Mothers Report, released by Save the Children, shows that mothers and children face the greatest risk of death during emergencies. … Around the world, mothers and…

Saving Newborns Involves Implementing ‘5 Simple Steps’

Huffington Post: The 5 Easiest Things We Can Do to Save Newborns Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “…Experts in the field have taught us that the first 24 hours of life are critical to a baby’s survival. About a third of all newborn deaths…

Ambitious Targets, Common Vision Needed To End Malnutrition

Huffington Post: Development Goals Must Adapt to New Nutrition Challenges Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition “…One of the areas that the MDG’s largely overlooked was nutrition. Yet, good nutrition underpins the achievement of almost every development goal — from reducing child mortality and boosting…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Economist: Ebola: Unseating the first horseman Editorial Board “…It is no coincidence that the countries now affected by Ebola are some of the worst governed in the world. Public health is not a priority…

Earlier Responses Needed For Potential Famine In South Sudan

Washington Post: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it? Rick Noack, an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the Washington Post “…If governments and NGOs have known about the looming catastrophe in South Sudan for months and if early reactions could have saved thousands of…

More Remains To Be Done To Reach MDGs In Last 500 Days

Huffington Post: How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days? Ray Chambers, U.N. Special Envoy for Health Financing “…[W]ith only 500 days remaining, I find myself thinking about what can still be done to improve the chances of reaching [the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)]. Three things rise to the…

Security, Public Health Objectives Should Remain Separate

The Guardian: Ebola, polio, HIV: it’s dangerous to mix health care and foreign policy Sophie Harman, senior lecturer in international politics at Queen Mary University of London “There are reasons to be fearful of the Ebola crisis gripping parts of West Africa: death, the risk of contagion, overburdened health infrastructure,…

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…