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Lancet Comment: Make Pain Treatment, Palliative Care Available To End ‘Suffering Of Millions’

Blog: Obama Administration Must Address Development Strategy, Enact Foreign Aid Reform 

A post on the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s “ModernizeAid” blog points out that in Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent speech on foreign policy, Clinton “covered many topics yet was able to devote just 5 minutes to development—illustrating how other responsibilities of the State Department often crowd out attention to development.” The post highlights “critical issues” the Obama administration must address with regard to its development strategy. “Failure to address these … and enact broad [foreign aid] reform now would be a major missed opportunity and would hinder our ability to achieve sustainable results for people suffering from poverty, disease, and lack of opportunity in the developing world,” the writers assert (Beckmann/Ingram, 9/9).

Blog: Millennium Development Goals Are Interconnected

Blog Reports On State Department Ambassador For Global Women’s Issues’ MDG Talk

The ONE blog writes about a recent event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies featuring the State Department’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer. Verveer “promised that investments in women and girls are at the center of the Obama administration’s [MDG] strategy. She noted that MDG 3, which promotes gender equality and women empowerment, is the lynch pin to achieving the other MDGs,” the blog writes, adding that the “administration’s Global Health and Feed the Future initiatives will attempt to integrate essential programs to empower women and more effectively help them succeed worldwide” (Pfeifer, 9/8).

Blog: Center For Global Development Report Examines Africa’s Health Workforce

Blog: To Improve Maternal Health, Heed Neglected Tropical Diseases

Nieman Foundation, Pulitzer Center Partner To Sponsor Global Health Reporting

Nature Medicine Interviews Rajiv Shah On MDGs, Food Security, Haiti

A Nature Biotechnology Commentary outlines the support mechanisms that would be required to ensure that health entrepreneurs in emerging economies continue to “address the needs of the poor while simultaneously taking advantage of more lucrative markets” as their firms are able to innovate more. “There is not an inevitable trade-off between global health and global wealth,” the authors write. “New entrepreneurial support mechanisms, such as orphan drug-like legislation in emerging economies … and new funds, could add the growing capabilities of these firms to the repertoire of assets available for global health. Doing so will enable the global health community to seize this window of opportunity and ensure that innovative capacity is tapped not only in the industrialized countries but also in the emerging economies, so that the health needs of the poor can be more fully addressed” (Rezaie/Singer, September 2010).