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Canadian Press/Globe and Mail Examine ‘Loose Ends’ In G8’s Maternal, Child Health Initiative

The G8’s $5-billion initiative to improve maternal and child health “left many loose ends that need to be tied up before the countries can begin to make good on their commitment to save the lives of 1.3 million children under age five, and 64,000 mothers,” the Canadian Press/Globe and Mail reports. According to the article, while stakeholders welcome the G8 initiative, many find it “deeply underfunded and lacking in detail.”

House Passes Nearly $60B FY10 Supplemental

The House of Representatives passed an nearly “$60 billion bill Thursday to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and fund a variety of other programs,” including relief and rebuilding initiatives in Haiti following the January earthquake, Fox News’ “The Speaker’s Lobby” blog reports (Pergram, 7/1).

U.N. Report Recommends Changes For Fragmented Global Aid System

“A proliferation of aid agencies, donors, and projects is fragmenting the global aid system, increasing transaction costs, and weakening efforts to reduce poverty and poor health,” according to the U.N.’s recent World Economic and Social Survey, BMJ News reports.

Women’s eNews Examines Progress Towards MDGs In Bangladesh

Though Bangladesh is “on track” to meet most of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets laid out by the U.N., “many female-focused targets, including maternal mortality are lagging far behind,” writes Women’s eNews.

Opinions: Coordinate Debris Removal In Haiti; Focus On Sustainability To Feed Africa; G20’s Role In Health, Development; Role Of Health Workers In Reducing Maternal Deaths

To Rebuild Haiti, More Efforts Need To Be Made To Coordinate Debris Removal Marking the six-month anniversary since the earthquake in Haiti, Reginald DesRoches, Ozlem Ergun and Julie Swann, all of the Georgia Institute of Technology, call for increased attention to be paid towards efforts to remove the “[t]wenty million to…