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UNICEF, GAVI, Others Announce More Accessibility To Inactivated Polio Vaccines

Media outlets report on several groups’ announcement that they will make inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) more accessible and available to developing countries. CIDRAP News: UNICEF, WHO push for inactivated polio vaccine “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be available to low-income countries…

CDC Blog Discusses Link Between HIV, Maternal Health In Africa

Writing in the CDC’s “Our Global Voices” blog, Isabella Danel of the CDC Division of Reproductive Health discusses progress in improving maternal health in Africa and the impact that HIV has on maternal mortality. “…The HIV epidemic is an important reason maternal mortality has not decreased much — or has even…

Malaria Cases Decline But Many Still At Risk

News outlets report on continued efforts to eliminate malaria in Asia and Africa. While the number of deaths due to malaria declines, many are still at risk of the disease. IRIN: Malaria fight sees decade of progress, with pitfalls ahead “A lot can change in a decade … the field…

USAID, P&G Launch Clean Drinking Water, Health Projects In Myanmar

USAID “Administrator Rajiv Shah [on Thursday] helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in [Myanmar]. … Over the next two years, USAID and P&G intend to…

‘No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance,’ Save The Children President Says

Huffington Post: No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children “…As new research released [on Monday] by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone. ……

U.N., Businesses Collaborate On Post-2015 Development Agenda

VOA News: U.N., Businesses Collaborate on Long-Term Plan to Help Developing Nations “The United Nations has begun laying the groundwork for initiatives that will help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people after its 15-year plan, called Millennium Development Goals, ends in 2015. … Government, businesses,…

Yaws Can Be Eradicated With Donations From Drug Companies, WHO Says

The Guardian: Yaws eradication will need millions of donated antibiotics, says WHO “The World Health Organization has stepped up efforts to eradicate yaws, described as the ‘forgotten disease’, after the discovery of a single-dose oral antibiotic that can cure it. Wiping out the bacterial skin disease that causes weeping ulcers…

Service Delivery Must Be Evaluated To Achieve Improved Health Outcomes

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Dana Hovig, director of integrated delivery at the foundation, discusses service delivery strengthening and writes that in order “to do this work well, we need to deeply understand the context in which we work, help demand intersect with the supply…

Devex Reporters Discuss Public-Private Partnerships In U.S. Foreign Aid

Devex features a YouTube video with commentary from Michael Igoe, global development reporter at Devex, and Adva Saldinger, Devex Impact reporter, regarding a recent panel at the Wilson Center discussing the value of public-private partnerships for U.S. foreign aid. They highlight comments from USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, who said the…

USAID’s Shah Reiterates Agency’s Support Of Public-Private Partnerships

Devex: Is the private sector always welcome in development? “Are there any areas of development where the private sector should not be involved? According to U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, the answer is plainly, ‘no.’ ‘There is really no element of any of this where I think…