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It’s not possible to innovate people out of poverty

Central to some of the biggest projects in recent years that address poverty is the idea that innovation is the single most important element to bringing change. The Gates Foundation put money behind new condom designs, systems that re-use waste water for drinking and no-water toilets. Companies like Facebook, which wants bring the Internet to

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10 global health issues to follow in 2016

Some global health threats take us by surprise, sparking fires we never expected to fight. Take Ebola, for instance – the world couldn’t have foreseen the 2014 outbreak, particularly in West Africa, which had never before experienced it. Other fires, though, have been smoldering quietly for decades, and are now building strength and becoming difficult

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New year, new Global Health Hub

The Global Health Hub has some news for 2016 that we’re excited to share with you, dear reader. This year, the Global Health Hub will Read More

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International Donors Pledge More Than $10B For Syrian Aid

CNN: Donors pledge $10 billion-plus for Syria as Russian planes pound Aleppo “Donor countries pledged more than $10 billion for Syria at an international conference Thursday in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced, but a brutal Syrian government offensive, backed by Russian air power, overshadowed this goodwill…” (Hume, 2/4). The Guardian: Governments pledge $10bn…More


Global Food Prices At Near 7-Year Low To Begin 2016, U.N. Agency Says

Reuters: World food prices start 2016 at near seven-year low “World food prices fell to near a seven-year low in January, weighed down by declines for agricultural commodities, particularly sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday…” (Binnie, 2/4).


U.S. Federal HIV Research Funding Likely To Remain Flat For FY16, CQ Reports

CQ HealthBeat: NIH HIV Budget Feared Stagnant After End of AIDS Earmark “The Obama administration may disappoint AIDS activists and researchers next week by confirming that the funding for HIV research will be relatively flat for fiscal 2016, despite a substantial increase in the National Institutes of Health budget and an earlier White House intention…More


Opinion Pieces Discuss Need To Protect Women, Children In Syrian Crisis, Involve Women In Peace…

Project Syndicate: A Breakthrough for Child Refugees? Gordon Brown, U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education and chair of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity “Buried in the declaration from the just-completed fourth United Nations’ Syria Pledging Conference in London is a little publicized but important promise: by next year, every Syrian refugee child…More


U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Birx Discusses Gender Equality, Partnerships In UCLA Speech

Daily Bruin: U.S. official calls for focus on gender equality as means to end AIDS Bruin contributor Aaron Julian discusses a speech given at UCLA on Wednesday by U.S. Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator and special representative for global health diplomacy at the State Department. “Birx said she thinks creating partnerships with local communities…More


Weekly links February 5: the future of the World Bank, education reforms, nutrition evidence,…

The latest Journal of Economic Perspectives has two papers on the role of the World Bank: Clemens and Kremer on its role in facilitating international agreements to reduce poverty; and Ravallion on the role as a knowledge bank. Clemens and Kremer have a nice list of policy areas where developing countries have dramatically changed policies following World Bank involvement and conclude that “While it is impossible to quantify the Bank’s policy influence in a precise way, our judgment is that Bank donors are getting a tremendous amount of policy influence with their limited funding. This influence comes both through deals that link Bank finance to policy reform and through the Bank’s soft power. For this reason, allocating more resources to the Bank would be desirable.” The JEP also has a nice summary by Larry Katz of Roland Fryer’s work. The wonkblog on how much evidence there is (or is not) behind nutrition guidelines, and how evidence interacts with public policy demands – and of the difficulties of using RCTs in this context but also the dangers of veering towards nutritional nihilism Finally, if you wonder why your emails don’t get replied to, here is PhD comics


Need Funding? Here Are 3 New ICT4D Calls for Proposals

We all would love more cash for our great digital development ideas, so the hunt for new investors and donors is never-ending. Luckily, we’ve found three new opportunities to increase your resources and have greater impact. Be sure to sign up to get emails about new donors or investors as we find them. $9 Million UNICEF Innovation Fund Congratulations to Chris Fabian for raising $9 million for the UNICEF Innovation Fund to investment in rapidly changing technologies such as blockchain, 3D printing, wearables, sensors, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy, and taking a strong stance on Digital Development Principle 6: Be Open: “The purpose of the UNICEF Innovation Fund is to invest in open source technologies for children,” says Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Innovation Co-Lead. The Innovation Fund will focus on organizations based in UNICEF programme countries working in three portfolio areas: Products for youth under 25 to address a range of needs including learning and youth participation; Real-time information for decision-making; and Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power, finance, sensors and transport


Clinical Research and the Training of Host Country Investigators: Essential Health Priorities…

The health-care needs and resources of disease-endemic regions such as west Africa have been a major focus during the recent Ebola outbreak.


Zika Virus: A Report from CSIS

On February 1, Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), acting on the recommendations of 18 infectious disease experts, stated: “I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”


Retirement and perceived social inferiority strongly link with health inequalities in older…

Identifying mechanisms that generate and sustain health inequalities is a prerequisite for developing effective policy response, but little is known about factors contributing to health inequalities in older p…


You say you want a Revolution? The Beatles on How Change Happens

Blog break over – did you miss me? Thought not. After a month in writing purdah, I sent off the How Change Happens manuscript to OUP last week, so it is now their problem (for a couple of months at least). So let’s get restarted with a spot of whimsy. One of the ideas that never made it into the final draft of the book was a …


Zika: Women told to delay pregnancy, but lack reproductive rights to heed call

In response to the recent outbreak of the Zika virus throughout Latin America, health officials in El Salvador have urged women not to get pregnant until 2018 in an effort to combat an increase in a birth defect known as microcephaly, which is suspected to be caused by the mosquito-borne illness. “We’d like to suggest


The impact of a conditional cash transfer program on the utilization of non-targeted services:…

Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Nopphol Witvorapong, Abo Ismael Foshanji While existing research suggests that health-related conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs have positive impacts on the utilization of CCT-targeted health services, little is known as to whether they also influence the utilization of non-targeted health services—defined as general health services for which program participants are not financially motivated.


Fortified rice raises risk of hookworm infections

Cambodian children fed rice with added micronutrients were more at risk than those fed plain rice, finds study.


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