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More Active Operational Role For WHO Might Raise Scrutiny, Tension Among Some Donors

Devex: WHO pivots to the field, setting up potential clash with donors “The World Health Organization’s pivot toward a more operational role is likely to be the topic of scrutiny and potential tension with donors in a meeting of the Executive Board this week in Geneva, a senior official tells Devex. Since he became director…More


U.N. Climate Conference Negotiations End With Some Progress, U.S. Engagement ‘Ambiguous’

Devex: 3 takeaways from the COP23 negotiations “Early Saturday morning, after a series of false alarms and premature scheduling announcements, negotiators at the 23rd Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany, found enough common ground to bring these latest climate change negotiations to a close. … Here are three takeaways from two weeks in Bonn. 1.…More


For First Time, U.S. Proposes Changes To Resolutions Condemning Violence Against Women,…

Devex: U.S. pushes caveats at U.N. on condemning violence against women, children “The Trump administration is pushing for language in two separate U.N. resolutions on women and children that would only condemn violence in certain ‘unlawful’ circumstances rather than a blanket statement of ‘all forms’ of violence.


Russia President Putin’s Involvement In TB Conference Could Signal Greater Global Health Role…

HuffPost: Putin Puts His Might Behind The Global Effort To Stop Tuberculosis “Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke publicly about the need to rally resources and attention in the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s top infectious killer, in a move public health officials consider a signal that Russia is taking a larger role in the global…More


More Than Half Of People Living With HIV On Treatment Worldwide, But 16M More Need Access,…

New York Times: Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says “Almost 21 million people around the world are now getting life-prolonging AIDS drugs, according to a report issued on Monday. But another 16 million people infected with HIV are not yet on medication. The report was released in South Africa by UNAIDS,…More


59K Haitians’ Temporary Protected Status In U.S. To End In 18 Months, Trump Administration…

The Hill: DHS ends temporary residency program for 60K Haitians “The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it would cancel a temporary residence program that’s allowed nearly 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States…” (Bernal, 11/20). New York Times: Trump Administration Ends Temporary Protection for Haitians “…Haiti, the poorest country in the…More


Health Indicator Progress Slipping In Africa, Making Gains In E.U., Reports Show

Devex: Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, and Togo lead Africa on development progress “The rate of progress on human development has slowed over the past five years, according to the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released [Monday]. The report found that progress in education has ‘nearly ground to a halt’ and the public is also losing…More


Billionaire Philanthropists To Launch $500M Co-Impact Fund, Aimed At Creating Collaborative…

Financial Times: Billionaire donors agree to pool philanthropic resources “Several of the billionaire philanthropists who signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s ‘Giving Pledge,’ in which they promise to devote at least half of their fortune to charity, have agreed to pool some of their resources and develop new ideas for giving their money away. The…More


Yemen At Risk Of Famine If Port Blockade Continues, FEWS NET Survey Warns

Associated Press: World Food Programme fears more Yemen deaths amid blockade “The head of the World Food Programme in Yemen said on Monday that millions of Yemenis face the risk of more deaths as aid deliveries cannot get to those in need because of the continuing blockade of the war-ravaged country by the Saudi-led coalition.…More


U.N. Panel Voices Concern Over N. Korea’s Treatment Of Women; Parasites Found In Defector…

Reuters: North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N. “North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. … North Korea told the panel on Nov.


WHO Should Prioritize Measurement Of Health SDG Progress, Infectious Disease Preparedness

STAT: Focused projects can help Tedros restore confidence in the WHO Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for the WHO’s R&D Blueprint “…This week, the WHO executive board meets in a special session to decide its strategy and program of work. … [W]hile universal health coverage is…More


Saudi-Led Coalition Blockades Worsen Humanitarian Situation In Yemen; Trump Administration…

Washington Post: Children are starving in Yemen. The White House should intervene. Editorial Board “…Yemen’s 28 million people depend on imports for up to 90 percent of their basic needs, including food, fuel, and medicine. … Saudi Arabia imposed the blockade after a missile allegedly fired by the Houthis came close to its capital, Riyadh.…More


Government Of India Should Not Blame Companies For Country’s Drug Access Challenges

Forbes: WHO Conference Enables India’s Deadly Blame Game Roger Bate, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute “…Sick patients, in India and everywhere else, aren’t getting treated because of greed. This is nonsense. Over 95 percent of drugs considered essential by the WHO are off patent. The reason patients don’t receive them has nothing to do…More


Investing In Civil Registration, Vital Statistics Systems Critical To Assessing, Achieving…

Devex: Opinion: The Achilles heel of the Sustainable Development Goals is a lack of data Philip Setel, vice president and director of the civil registration and vital statistics program at Vital Strategies “…Billions of people live in countries with weak civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, which renders many of them effectively invisible —…More


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