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International Community ‘Must Act Quickly’ To Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians

“The world already knows that [Syria’s] Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, indiscriminate bombing, arbitrary detentions, rape, and torture against his own citizens,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. “What is far less well known, and equally intolerable, is the systematic denial of…

Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the…

Malaria Deaths In Chad Nearly Double This Year, Aid Groups Say

“Malaria deaths have nearly doubled in Chad this year, with 2,057 fatalities registered so far and around 780,000 cases diagnosed, aid groups say,” IRIN reports. “Erratic rainfall with intermittent dry spells may have encouraged the breeding of mosquitoes and the development of larvae into adult insects,” but [h]ealth experts are…

U.N., Syria Launch Campaign To Vaccinate 2.5 Children Against Polio

“The United Nations has announced that it will vaccinate 2.5 million children and eight million others in Syria to prevent a widespread outbreak of polio,” GlobalPost reports (Stainburn, 10/26). “As Syria awaits confirmation of suspected polio cases in the east of the country, UNICEF has joined the [WHO] and other…

Brookings Institution Hosts Public Release Of 2013 Aid Transparency Index

The Brookings Institution on Thursday hosted the public release of the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — “the only global measure of donors’ aid transparency,” George Ingram, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, reports in the Brookings “Up Front” blog. Ingram examines the importance of making such…

Researchers Discover Protein In Breast Milk That Can Disable HIV

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genevieve Fouda of Duke University and colleagues describe the isolation of a “single protein called tenascin-C” in human breast milk that is believed to “disabl[e] HIV by locking onto a protein on the virus’s surface, and ……

Syrian Crisis Overshadowing Humanitarian Situations In CAR, DRC, U.N. Official Says

UNICEF Emergencies Director Ted Chaiban “says the dire humanitarian situations in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo are being overshadowed by the crisis in Syria,” VOA News reports. He “was part of an assessment mission to both African countries by the directors of emergencies for seven…

‘Novel Paradigms’ Needed To Increase R&D Funding For Neglected Diseases

Describing two recent articles criticizing the pharmaceutical industry for not spending more for research and development (R&D) into neglected diseases, John LaMattina, former president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, writes in a Forbes opinion piece, “People have the view that Big Pharma is a cash generating machine. But, the…

USAID Publishes New Issue Of ‘Frontlines,’ With Focus On Open Development

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” highlights a new edition of the agency’s “Frontlines” publication. According to the blog, the issue focuses on “how the agency is embracing open development to further its work” and highlights “some of the places where USAID’s interests intersect with those of the U.S. military” (10/24).