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Aid spending on conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security

Key facts Funding to conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security (CPS) remains a small proportion of overall official development assistance (ODA). ODA CPS has increased by 67% since 2005, reaching a peak of US$3.9 billion in 2009. The largest CPS ODA donor in 2014 was European Union (EU) institutions. Afghanistan received the most CPS ODA by country in 2014. The majority of CPS ODA goes to peacebuilding activities.

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Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More

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How did Zika rise so quickly to the top of the global health policy agenda?

The World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015. Since then, transmission was identified in 18 countries Read More

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Physicians’ experiences and views on the role of obstetric ultrasound in rural and urban…

Objective To explore Rwandan physicians’ experiences and views on the role of obstetric ultrasound in clinical management of pregnancy.


Policy coherence, health and the sustainable development goals: a health impact assessment of…

10.1080/09581596.2016.1178379<br/>Arne Ruckert


Prices For Common Medical Services Vary Substantially Among The Commercially Insured [Web…

Using a national multipayer commercial claims database containing allowed amounts, we examined variations in the prices for 242 common medical services in forty-one states and the District of Columbia.


A Successful Strategy to Reduce Loss to Follow-Up in HIV Outpatient Care: Experiences of a…

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Aid spending on conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security

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Key facts Funding to conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security (CPS) remains a small proportion of overall official development assistance (ODA). ODA CPS has increased by 67% since 2005, reaching a peak of US$3.9 billion in 2009. The largest CPS ODA donor in 2014 was European Union (EU) institutions. Afghanistan received the most CPS ODA by country in 2014. The majority of CPS ODA goes to peacebuilding activities.


Global wheat breeding returns billions in benefits but stable financing remains elusive

What do a chapati, a matza, or couscous have in common? The answer is wheat, which is a source for one-fifth of the calories and protein consumed globally. Yet, stable, assured funding for public research for this important food grain remains elusive. For 45 years, world-class scientists from two research centers of CGIAR – the world’s only global research system that focuses on the crops of most importance to poor farmers in developing countries – have battled the odds to provide wheat and nourish the world’s growing population. Their innovations have helped to boost wheat yields, fight debilitating pests and ward off diseases, improving the lives of nearly 80 million poor farmers.


Dynamics of sustained use and abandonment of clean cooking systems: study protocol for…

More than 3 billion of the world’s population are affected by household air pollution from relying on unprocessed solid fuels for heating and cooking.


Intentional Serendipity Took Center Stage at SwitchPoint 2016

On my way home from SwitchPoint 2016, I reflected on intentional serendipity—an overarching theme that emerged from an event where hundreds of passionate humanitarians came to connect. This idea has bubbled up over the past few years in TED Talks and scholarly journals, and intentional serendipity took center stage at IntraHealth International’s 5th annual SwitchPoint.On my way to the conference on Wednesday, I was preparing for my role as co-facilitator of the Innovators Forum, a pre-conference event where all of the speakers gathered to get to know each other and to prepare for the rich experience to come on Thursday and Friday. Just before I departed, my wife had shared an interesting article on luck and gratitude from The Chronicle of Higher Education. In short, the author of the article examines the role of luck in our lives and argues that the more we reflect on serendipitous moments and recognize the role of chance, the more we will be grateful for what we have received. Further, the more we reflect upon and discuss our luck and gratitude with others, the more people around us will reflect on their own luck.


Ethical challenges in designing and conducting medicine quality surveys

Objectives To identify and discuss the main ethical challenges related to the conduct of surveys and make suggestions on how to address them.


Low Receipt and Uptake of Safer Conception Messages in Routine HIV Care: Findings From a…

Background: Safer conception strategies may be used by people living with HIV to reduce HIV transmission to partners resulting from condomless sex for conception.


Effects of community health interventions on under-5 mortality in rural…

Our package of community-based interventions did not reduce under-5 mortality in rural Guinea-Bissau. The short timeframe and other trial limitations might have affected our results. Community-based health promotion and basic first-line services in fragile contexts with weak secondary health service infrastructure might be insufficient to reduce child deaths.


Countries Should Incorporate Surgery Into National Health Frameworks

New York Times: Surgery: The Neglected Stepchild of Global Health Emily Bruno, medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and global surgery research associate with Harvard Medical School, and Mark G. Shrime, research director for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and instructor at the Massachusetts…More


Patient cost-sharing for ambulatory neuropsychiatric services in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Neuropsychiatric disorders are of high concern and burden of disease in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


A Filmmaker and a Physician Walk into a Vasectomy

While making a personal film about my own complex journey through fatherhood, I met Dr. Doug Stein. His monthly trips throughout Florida to provide vasectomies, and his vasectomy missions to low-income countries inspired me to help launch a movement—and to become his 25,000th client.I had made many films about angry and alienated men who, lacking positive ways to express their innate power and potential, inflicted brutality on society’s most vulnerable. In contrast, observing them on the day they made the conscious choice to exit the gene pool revealed a vulnerability and thoughtfulness I had rarely witnessed.I realized there was something big I could do to get more men involved in family planning. Filmmaking and fatherhood became my switch point.


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