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Unsafe surgery: a question of gender and economics

By Sarah Kessler, Head of Outreach at Lifebox Foundation, a global health non-governmental organization making surgery safer in low-resource countries.   “So the question,” asked Lesong…

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New WHO Report: Effective Vaccine Introductions

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Neglected tropical diseases and access to medicines: time to think beyond drug donations

Julien Potet advocates for improving access to treatment for neglected tropical diseases.   Neglected tropical diseases and access to medicines: time to think beyond drug…


2 HPV Vaccine Shots, Instead Of 3, Sufficient For Cancer Protection, WHO Says

The Guardian: Two shots of HPV vaccine against cervical cancer enough, says WHO “Reaching a greater number of girls in developing countries with the HPV vaccine that can prevent most cases of cervical cancer has just become more feasible. The World Health Organization’s expert advisory group said that two shots of vaccine against human papillomavirus…More

Guinea Brings Ebola Outbreak Under Control; Vaccine Still Years Away

News outlets report on progress to contain and stop West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Guinea Ebola outbreak under control: foreign minister “Guinea’s Foreign Minister Francois Fall said on Monday the west African country had brought the spread of the deadly Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people have died…” (4/14). HealthDay: As…More

Foreign Aid Programs Can Boost Public Perceptions Of Donor Countries

Washington Post: Doing well by doing good: foreign aid improves opinions of the U.S. Benjamin Goldsmith of the University of Sydney; Yusaku Horiuchi of Dartmouth College; and Terence Wood of Australia National University “…A fundamental question … is whether helping the poor in recipient countries and bringing benefits to donor countries are ever compatible. In…More

Pakistan To Administer Polio Vaccines At Security Checkpoints

Agence France-Presse/Gulf Today: Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas “Pakistani officials said on Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country’s tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks. The announcement was made at a ceremony to mark the launch of a three-day anti-polio campaign in…More

International Community Must Do More To Help Restore Peace In CAR

The Washington Post published two opinion pieces regarding conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). Washington Post: Central African Republic needs immediate help Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general “…Like its stranded airport refugees, [CAR] is in dire need of a ticket out of its misery. … With the support of the…More

Oxfam America Guide Debunks False Notions About U.S. Foreign Aid

In a post for “Mom Bloggers for Social Good,” Jennifer James, founder of the website and a member of Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet, discusses American notions on how much the U.S. spends on foreign aid each year. She notes, “In a survey conducted last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation with everyday, average…More

Working Paper Examines Global Fund’s Presence In China

The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound” blog discusses a working paper assessing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s 10-year presence in China. Yanhzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, writes, “The Fund’s money has played a vital role in boosting resources to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria in China.…More

MCC CEO Marks Agency’s 10th Anniversary With 10 Lessons

The Hill: 10 Years, 10 Lessons: How to win the fight against global poverty Daniel Yohannes, chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) “…For over four years, I’ve had a front row seat on just how the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency committed to fighting global poverty, has been fulfilling that…More

Do teachers skip class because of low pay?

Teacher absenteeism is a huge problem in developing countries, wasting up to a quarter of all spending on primary education in developing countries.The 2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which was launched in London last week, puts the problem mainly down to the low pay and poor working conditions of teachers.”While teacher absenteeism and engagement in private tuition are real problems, policy-makers often ignore underlying reasons such as low pay and a lack of career opportunities. … Policy-makers need to understand why teachers miss school. In some countries, teachers are absent because their pay is extremely low, in others because working conditions are poor.

The benefits of public-private partnerships in global health

It is imperative that both the public and private sectors work together. Businesses have invested in GAVI because they know that one of the strongest ways to promote global health is through immunization. And quite simply, vaccines provide a strong return on investment. Through collaboration between the public and private sectors, GAVI has been able to raise additional funds and, most importantly, bring significant private-sector expertise, skills, advocacy and visibility to its work The post The benefits of public-private partnerships in global health appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.