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Is ketamine about to become inaccessible in low-income countries?

A storm is brewing with the potential to create a global “public health crisis”, denying access to safe surgery and anesthesia for roughly a billion Read More

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Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda

Trade liberalization is widely regarded to be a key factor in economic development… via Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda | AidData 3.0.

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Big Data in Davos

Last week I was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  

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Can technology help address structural discrimination in the US?

Our January 21st, 2015, Technology Salon examined the role of technology in addressing structural discrimination in the US. We were hosted by the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF), whose Director of Community Leadership, Tynesha McHarris, served as a lead discussant. Courtney D. Cogburn Assistant Professor of Social Work at Columbia University and Senior Advisor to the International Center for Advocates against Discrimination (ICAAD), joined as our second discussant. Our discussion covered various angles, as summarized below, related to the central point of structural discrimination and racism.


Governments, International Organizations To Work On Plan To Rebuild Ebola-Hit West Africa At…

Reuters: March meeting to plan rebuilding of Ebola-hit states “… ‘The plans at the moment are for a conference to look at the needs of reconstruction organized by the countries themselves, by the United Nations, by the African Union, and by the European Union,’ said David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola. He told…More


Despite Some Improvements In Somalia’s Hunger Levels, 730K Face Acute Food Insecurity, U.N….

Agence France-Presse: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: U.N. “Over 38,000 Somali children are at ‘high risk’ from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, U.N. experts said Thursday…” (1/29). U.N. News Centre: U.N


International Community Should Place Elimination Of Hunger, Malnutrition At Center Of SDGs

Huffington Post: Developing New Strategies for Nourishing the World Shenggen Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…The need for a healthy and inclusive global food system that can sustainably meet the world’s growing demand was central to many of the discussions I had at Davos. To be more specific, we must…More


Is ketamine about to become inaccessible in low-income countries?

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A storm is brewing with the potential to create a global “public health crisis”, denying access to safe surgery and anesthesia for roughly a billion Read More


Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda

uganda flag wiki

Trade liberalization is widely regarded to be a key factor in economic development… via Leveraging Aid for Trade Capacity in Uganda | AidData 3.0.


Big Data in Davos

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Last week I was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  


A.U. Leaders To Discuss Ebola, Preparations For Future Disease Outbreaks

Agence France-Presse: African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ “The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control center, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost health care systems on the continent…” (1/28). Devex: Post-Ebola, A.U. plans pan-African CDC…More


Experimental Ebola Vaccine Safe, Elicits Immune Response, Researchers Say

Agence France-Presse: Ebola vaccine is safe, researchers say “Preliminary results from a clinical trial on an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institutes of Health suggest it is safe for use, researchers said Wednesday…” (1/28). Press Association/The Guardian: Cautious optimism follows results from trials of early Ebola vaccine “…Although the primary…More


Asia-Pacific Must Change Laws, Attitudes To Support Key Populations To End AIDS, U.N. Says

Reuters: Asia needs more cash, campaigns, law changes to end HIV epidemic: U.N. “The Asia-Pacific region will not meet the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in 15 years unless it changes laws and attitudes hostile to people living with HIV, the head of the United Nations agency on AIDS said on Wednesday…” (Win, 1/28).


U.N. Cites Challenges Reaching Syrians In Need Of Aid, Says Polio Vaccination Efforts…

Agence France-Presse: U.N. aid effort struggling to reach millions in Syria “…As the war heads toward a fifth year, some 4.8 million Syrians or around 40 percent of the total 12.2 million people in need of help are difficult to reach, said Assistant Secretary-General for aid Kang Kyung-wha…” (1/28). Reuters: Polio immunization rate in Syria…More


Providing Women With Menstrual Products Can Advance Rights, Reproductive Justice

New York Times: Helping Women and Girls. Period. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, director of special projects and deputy director of development for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law “…Around the globe, managing menstruation can be a debilitating, even deadly, problem — fueled by a combination of poverty, misinformation, stigma, and superstition. … When…More


USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).


USAID Report Addresses Maternity Care, Midwives’ Working Conditions

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: USAID Tackles Respectful Maternity Care, Better Working Conditions for Midwives Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses a new report from USAID, a follow-up to its June 2014 report titled “Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action.” She writes, “We are particularly pleased to see that…More


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