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State Department, USAID To Launch 2014 QDDR

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will announce the launch of the review process for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) on Tuesday. According to a State Department press release, “The 2014 QDDR will be the second iteration of the quadrennial strategic review begun under the leadership of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. It…More

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Cooperation, Partnership Essential To Achieving Post-2015 Goals

José Cuesta, a development economist with the World Bank, writes in the agency’s blog about the post-2015 development goals. “The World Bank Group has explicitly stated that our new goals of eradicating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be achieved without institutions, structures, and processes that empower local communities, hold governments accountable, and ensure…More

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UNICEF, Global Fund Coordinate Efforts To Improve Maternal, Child Health

In a press release, UNICEF and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a new agreement “to better coordinate efforts aimed at reducing the burden of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria and improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children. … Under the new agreement, the Global Fund and UNICEF will encourage governments and…More

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Report Examines Family Planning In Ethiopia, Including U.S. Engagement

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) has released a report written by Janet Fleischman, senior associate, and Alisha Kramer, program manager at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, titled “Family Planning and Linkages with U.S. Health and Development Goals.” The report, which focuses on a CSIS-led delegation to Ethiopia, “outlines [the country's] health…More

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Blog Examines South Africa’s National HIV Survey

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behavior Survey, 2012, and other data related to HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The blogs states, “As the report notes, the survey’s findings, which point to a continued inequitable distribution of rates of new infections … will make…More

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Opposition To Abortion Prevents Gender Equality

Al Jazeera: In global health, abortion bears the scarlet A Jill Filipovic, lawyer, writer, and a columnist at The Guardian “…At its most basic level, abortion access allows women to be equal players in society. Surviving childbirth is a baseline, not a goal. There is no way for a society to achieve the real objective…More

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More Data Needed On Food Prices, Number Of Hungry Worldwide

Bloomberg Businessweek: Have Higher Food Prices Actually Helped the World’s Poor? Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…For the last six years, many politicians, global leaders, analysts, and commentators (including me) have argued that higher food prices would push people worldwide into hunger and poverty. … The truth is there may…More

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Tanzania To Employ Climate Data To Fight Malaria

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Better climate data could help Tanzania curb malaria “Tanzania is enlisting climate data in a new approach to curbing malaria. Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS), a system established by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency in conjunction with the U.S.-based International Research Institute for Climate and Society, is designed to identify long-term drivers of…More

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Saudi Arabia Replaces Health Minister During MERS Outbreak

News outlets report Saudi Arabia relieves its health minister from office in midst of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Associated Press: Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths “Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah sacked the country’s health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East…More

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Consider Unintended Consequences Of Development Aid

Devex: The ‘butterfly effect’ in international development Simone di Vicenz, program impact adviser for resilience at Christian Aid and program manager and monitoring and evaluation coordinator at the Living Earth Foundation “It is said that a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. … The ‘butterfly effect’…More

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Global Polio Eradication Would Be Worldwide Victory

Huffington Post: A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free Tom Frieden, CDC director “I’m recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV — and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization’s event to certify Southeast Asia free of polio. … As we continue…More

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Water Shortage In Ugandan Resettlement Camps Causing Tensions

VOA News: South Sudan Refugees in Uganda Struggle with Water Shortages South Sudanese refugees in Uganda “are not only battling homesickness and fear for the future of their country, but also tough challenges in the camp, including a chronic shortage of clean water that has led to tensions with the local community…” (Taban, 4/21).

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Saudi Arabia Should ‘Report Openly And Honestly’ About MERS

Washington Post: New killer virus should be fought with the help of Saudi honesty “…In the last week or so, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported clusters of [Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)] cases in hospitals and among health care workers. … Unfortunately, there is far too little information about the virus…More

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N. Carolina Can Serve As Global Health Innovation Hub

News & Observer: How N.C. is helping U.S. stay ahead of the curve in global health Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International “…So today, we’re changing the way we work. We’re emerging from our silos in global health and throwing open our gates to get experts and creative novices from across industries working…More

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