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Finding Balance In NGOs’ Public Health Contributions In Asia

Writing in the East-West Center’s “Asia Pacific Bulletin,” (.pdf) Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, “In Asia, the capacity of [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] to contribute to public health, both within individual countries and at the regional level, has steadily expanded,” and…

World Bank Report Says Africa Needs To Address Road Traffic Injuries, NCDs

A new report from the World Bank shows that an increasing number of road traffic injuries (RTIs) and rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) “both represent largely hidden epidemics in Africa,” according to the paper’s authors, The Guardian reports (Balch, 8/5). The report’s summary states “[t]he data show that action…

Polio Eradication Plan Is Working, But Continued Support Necessary

“Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area,” Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive…

International Family Planning Funding Essential To Achieve Global Security

Noting the House Appropriations Committee last month voted to cut spending for international family planning programs under the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations budget, compared with last year’s amount, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in a GlobalPost opinion piece, “A lack of access to birth control…

Thinking Differently About Global Development, USAID

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” Kate Almquist Knopf, a visiting policy fellow at CGD, states, “The FY14 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill passed out of the House Appropriations Committee last week is a stinging reminder of the low esteem in which many…

Global Community Should Allocate More Resources For Efforts Promoting Breastfeeding

Noting the observance of World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to 7, Arun Gupta, co-founder and central coordinator of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, provides statistics about breastfeeding globally, discusses the health benefits for newborns and examines a lack of international funding for breastfeeding initiatives in a Devex opinion…

New Approaches, Partnerships Needed To Make Use Of Available Development Assistance Resources

“After rising threefold during the first decade of the 21st century, development assistance for health has plateaued,” Anurag Mairal, the global program leader for technology solutions at PATH, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “To further reduce health inequities, we need new approaches that make the most…

Blogs Highlight Global Health Budget Requests In Senate, House Appropriations Bills

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Jenny Ottenhoff, policy outreach associate at CGD, examines the FY 2014 requests for global health in the proposed Senate and House State and Foreign Operations appropriations bills. “Both bills won approval by their respective committees,” she notes, adding, “But…

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