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Uncovering global causes of death: turning verbal autopsy data into meaningful information

Rachael Atherton, Managing Editor | Journal of Global Health, University of Edinburgh   Most deaths in Africa and Asia are either unregistered, or registered without cause of death. Read More

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Global recession linked to rising HIV deaths, study finds

Rachael Atherton, Managing Editor, Journal of Global Health|  Press release from the Journal of Global Health, Wednesday, April 15, 2015     Rising unemployment is Read More

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Aid to poor countries fell, shows report

By the amount spent, overall development assistance increased in 2014. But in real terms it fell by 0.5 percent and less of that money went to the world’s least-developed countries than the year prior, shows the data released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this week. With development assistance making up more than two-thirds of

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Breaking: 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal; thousands feared dead

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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck just 50 miles outside of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal (population 1 million), on Saturday, April 25th. The earthquake struck Read More


Special World Malaria Day Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash A special edition of the Global Fund News Flash highlights World Malaria Day with an interview with Pedro Alonso, director of WHO’s Global Malaria Program, who discusses challenges in malaria prevention efforts (April 2015).


LGBTQI rights & technology for development

By Mala Kumar and Linda Raftree Our April 21st NYC Technology Salon focused on issues related to the LGBT ICT4D community, including how LGBTQI issues are addressed in the context of stakeholders and ICT4D staff. We examined specific concerns that ICT4D practitioners who identify as LGBTQI have, as well as how LGBTQI stakeholders are (or are not) incorporated into ICT4D projects, programs and policies. Among the many issues covered in the Salon, the role of the Internet and mobile devices for both community building and surveillance/security concerns played a central part in much of the discussion. To frame the discussion, participants were asked to think about how LGBTQI issues within ICT4D (and more broadly, development) are akin to gender. Mainstreaming gender in development starts with how organizations treat their own staff.


Special Report: Why Sierra Leone Can’t Get Rid of Ebola

Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the president of the Republic of Sierra Leone, was having trouble “getting to zero,” and his underlings were getting antsy. “We need one more push,” said Major Palo Conteh, the commander of Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) and a former Olympic quarter miler. “It’s like in the 400 meters when you’re 20 meters from the finish line, that’s the time to kick hard.”


Progress Against Ebola In Guinea, Sierra Leone Mixed, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Stall in Ebola decline highlights need for stronger response “Further progress against Ebola in Guinea and Sierra Leone is proving stubborn, with a drop in cases holding steady over the past three weeks, and response indicators showing a mixed picture for both countries last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said [Wednesday]…More


West Africa Must Adopt Sustainable Sanitation Models To Overcome WASH Challenges, Expert Says

Xinhua News/GlobalPost: Interview: Expert urges self-sustaining sanitation models for West Africa “For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self-sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH), said the post-2015 development agenda…More


Violence In South Sudan Interrupting Aid Operations; WFP Expresses Concern Over Missing Staff

Reuters: Aid groups express fear of renewed South Sudan fighting “Fighting in South Sudan’s oil-producing Upper Nile State in the past two days has killed at least 38 and the toll could rise, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, while aid groups said they may be forced to trim operations…” (Dumo, 4/22). U.N. News Centre:…More


Al Jazeera America Examines Strict Abortion, Reproductive Health Laws In El Salvador

Al Jazeera America: In El Salvador, a pregnancy complication followed by a prison sentence “…[The article discusses cases] in El Salvador highlighted by local and international human rights groups and by the United Nations. All the women involved are young and poor and were convicted for killing babies who were stillborn or died through miscarriages…More


More Than 100K Of Vanuatu’s People Lack Access To Clean Water 1 Month After Cyclone, UNICEF…

Reuters: Almost half Vanuatu people lack clean water, month after cyclone: UNICEF “More than 100,000 people in Vanuatu have no clean drinking water, a month after a monster cyclone struck the tiny Pacific nation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. Two thirds of the archipelago’s water and sanitation infrastructure has been damaged…More


Myanmar’s Proposed Birth Spacing Law Could Impact Country’s Maternal Health Advances, Human…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Myanmar population control law threatens minorities: rights group “Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted, abused, and suppressed by a proposed population control law which could be a serious setback for the country’s maternal health advances, according to a U.S.-based human rights group…” (Guilbert, 4/22).


Access To Family Planning Will Help Tackle Climate Change

Huffington Post: On This Earth Day, Invest in Family Planning Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “…While reaching remote communities is helping to treat the side effects of climate change, the heart of our work — providing contraception — is tackling the root of climate change. We’ve said time and again that…More


Opinion Pieces Mark World Malaria Day, Say Efforts Must Continue To End Disease

The Hill: Imagining no malaria Thomas J. Bickerton, a bishop with the United Methodist Church, and Gary Henderson, executive director of Global Health Initiatives for United Methodist Communications “…[Wednesday, on] behalf of The United Methodist Church (UMC), [we were] proud to join Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS,…More


CSIS Panel, Report Address HIV Prevention, Treatment Among Young Women, Girls

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: “An Emergency that Requires Risk Taking” Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses a high-level panel held at CSIS on April 17, which featured U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx; Ambassador Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to…More


Community Care Models Effective, Necessary For HIV Treatment, MSF/UNAIDS Report Says

Médecins Sans Frontières: HIV: MSF-UNAIDS report endorses community models of care “Strengthening and expanding community-based approaches to delivering HIV treatment is vital to the long-term success of the AIDS response, according to a new report by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and UNAIDS. The report highlights MSF’s innovative approaches to the critical challenge of how to…More


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