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GPEDC Meetings Outline Need For More Effective Development Cooperation

News outlets report on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) meeting, which took place in Mexico City this week. Devex: Civil society concerns as global partnerships meeting ends in Mexico “Masked civil society representatives took the stage briefly on Wednesday at the closing plenary of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’s first…More

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GAO Report Examines USAID’s Push For ‘Local Solutions’

Devex: Afghanistan, Pakistan programs skew USAID’s progress on ‘local solutions’ “A new report from the Government Accountability Office raises fundamental questions about U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah’s drive for ‘local solutions’ to pressing development challenges. Chief among them: What are local solutions, how is USAID keeping track of them, and are they…More

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U.N. Documents Show Syrian President’s Efforts To Cut Off Food Supplies To Rebel-Held Areas

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: U.N. Docs Expose Assad’s Starvation Campaign in Syria “Internal United Nations documents show modest improvements in the delivery of desperately needed food inside rebel-controlled areas of Syria. But the documents also point to a mass exodus of Syrians into areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad in part because the dictator is the…More

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Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians “Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought them off, the U.N

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Ebola Death Toll Rises In West Africa

News outlets report on the rising death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Associated Press: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives “The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in Central or East Africa, has infected people in Guinea’s remote forests,…More

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Health Officials On Alert As MERS Case Detected For First Time In Malaysia

News outlets report on the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to Asia, where a case has been detected in Malaysia. Associated Press: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns “A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with…More

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Activists Challenge El Salvador’s Anti-Abortion Laws

The Guardian: El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state “El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest abortion laws, with abortion a crime even when a woman’s life is at risk. Human rights activists say this has created a system of persecution in the country’s hospitals as well as its…More

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USAID Adviser Says Food Shortages Could Be Threat By 2050

Science 2.0 speaks to Fred Davies, senior science adviser for USAID’s Bureau of Food Security, about the threat of global food shortages in the coming years. According to Davies, “Food issues could become as politically destabilizing by 2050 as energy issues are today. … [R]esource limitations will constrain global food systems … [and t]he increases…More

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The Lancet Examines Violence Against Health Care Workers

The Lancet: Tackling violence against health care workers “…Physical violence against nurses and other medical workers has become an endemic problem in health care. In addition, nonphysical assaults, such as bullying and sexual harassment, are also common. Although some countries are beginning to address the problem, much remains to be done to encourage reporting of…More

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Health Warnings On Cigarette Packages In China Should Convey Stronger Message

The Lancet: Cigarette packaging in China — not going far enough “A WHO report, Tobacco Health Warnings in China: Evidence of Effectiveness and Implications for Action, published on April 8, summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of China’s written health warnings on tobacco packaging. It concludes that China failed to comply with Article 11 of the…More

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Investment In WASH Efforts ‘Essential’ To Achieve Post-2015 Development Goals

The Lancet: Water and sanitation: addressing inequalities “… Access to safe water and sanitation is essential to all development outcomes across the life course. It ensures healthy growth and prevention of water-borne and food-borne diseases causing diarrhea, which contributes to stunting in children. Contaminated and stagnant water also contribute to the global burden of trachoma,…More

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Global Community Must Address Mental Health, Epilepsy

Huffington Post: The True Price of Mental Health and the Low-Cost Solution Olivia Davies, development officer at BasicNeeds “[There is] a distinct lack of funding or recognition for the vast problem of mental illness and epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries. This is a travesty, really, considering that of the 450 million people suffering from…More

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New Global AIDS Coordinator Can Deliver On Vision Of AIDS-Free Generation

GlobalPost: New U.S. global AIDS coordinator has a roadmap to eliminating the disease Latanya Mapp Frett, vice president-global at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America “… Early this year, the Obama administration nominated Deborah Birx as the next U.S. global AIDS coordinator and first woman to assume the role. … In this position, Birx will…More

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GPEDC Meeting Opens In Mexico City With Calls For Renewed Partnership

News outlets discuss the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) meeting taking place this week in Mexico City. Devex: GPEDC high-level meeting opens in Mexico City “Over 1,500 heads of state, government officials and leaders from international development organizations, businesses, civil society and foundations gathered on Tuesday in Mexico City to open the first…More

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