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Public Health, Social Policies Can Positively Affect Children’s Lives

“Specific calls for global action on health and other social issues can have a major effect on children’s life chances, concludes a report that compared data on laws and public policies affecting children in 191 countries,” BMJ reports. “Children’s Chances,” a report by Jody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School of Public Health at…

Blogs Address IHME Report On Global Health Funding

“Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released ‘Financing for Global Health: The End of the Golden Era?,’ its fourth annual report analyzing trends in Development Assistance for Health (DAH) from 1990 through 2009, with estimates through 2011,” the Maternal Health Task Force blog reports, noting, “One of the areas where…

Blog Examines Future Of European Union Aid

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Elisa Baldini, an advocacy and campaigns officer with Plan E.U., examines the future of European Union aid, writing, “Last week, European Union leaders came together for a decisive summit to discuss how much they think the E.U. should spend…

The Atlantic Examines ‘Paradigm Shift’ In Global Health Response

“The world has an ‘historic opportunity’ to contain and end three of humanity’s deadliest scourges by focusing on their ‘hot zones,’ according to Mark Dybul, the newly appointed director of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” the Atlantic reports in an article examining a “paradigm shift” in the…

Reviewing The IHME ‘Financing Global Health 2012’ Report

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at CGD, reviews the recently released 2012 edition of “Financing Global Health” by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. She writes that the top line message from the report…

Gates Foundation Blog Discusses E.U. Budget Deal

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Joe Cerrell, director of the foundation’s Europe office, reports on deliberations by the E.U. on Friday on a “budget deal that would show deep cuts to life-saving aid for the world’s poorest.” He writes, “European governments are facing some very difficult…

Chagas Disease Costs $7B Annually Worldwide, According To Study

Chagas disease, transmitted by a bloodsucking insect that bites the face and lips, “costs the world about $7 billion annually, says [an] analysis just published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “That’s more than the global cost of cervical cancer or cholera,” the blog notes, adding, “Most Chagas cases…

Former U.N. Official Criticizes NGO Efforts To Campaign For Aid To Sudanese

“The former head of the U.N. in Sudan has criticized [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] for failing to campaign for aid to flow to people trapped in a war zone on the border with South Sudan,” the Guardian reports. “Mukesh Kapila, who crossed into the war zone without government permission during a visit last…

E.U. Budget Effectively Freezes Aid Budget At Current Levels

“A promised European Union investment budget to modernize the recession-hit economy is set to be scaled back in a bonfire of competing national demands,” Bloomberg reports (Neuger, 2/7). “After tense negotiations in Brussels, European leaders reached a historic budget-cutting deal on Friday — but appeared to have spared foreign aid,” Devex’s “The…

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