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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…

Seattle Non-Profit Recommends Strategy For Improving U.S. Foreign Aid Efficacy

“[T]he United States needs a national strategy to clarify the goals of foreign aid, trade policy consistent with those goals, an easier process for small businesses to participate and support for international education programs,” according to a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid assistance released Tuesday by the Seattle-based non-profit Global Washington, the Seattle Times reports.

Also In Global Health News: Bird Flu In Bangladesh; Women’s Health In Kenya; Drug-Resistant Malaria In Cambodia; Over-Diagnosis Of Malaria In Children; HIV/AIDS In Africa; Efforts To Channel African Aid

USAID Program To Prevent Spread Of Bird Flu In Bangladesh Expands  All Headline News reports on a USAID-funded initiative to prevent the spread of bird flu in Bangladesh. The STOP AI (Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza) Bangladesh initiative includes the “renovation of the water supply, addition of a bio-gas facility for…

Also In Global Health News: Ebola In Congo; Asia Pacific Food Security Meeting; Niger Food Emergency; Kenya’s Infrastructure Scale-Up; Zambian Bicycle Ambulances

Congo Launched Epidemiological Investigation After Authorities Identify 5 Suspected Cases Of Ebola Congo authorities have launched epidemiological investigations and infection control measures after five men were suspected of having Ebola but tested negative, Agence-France Press reports. “We have taken response measures as if it were Ebola fever because it is not…

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.”