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Progress for the very poor: Evidence from six countries

A multifaceted program causes lasting progress for the very poor: Evidence from six countries.


The Lancet Commission on #GlobalSurgery Report

Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development Watch Live The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Report.

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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


Devex Interviews U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Birx On PEPFAR’s Future

Devex: The HIV ‘emergency’ isn’t over, says PEPFAR chief “…Devex spoke with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator who directs PEPFAR … While the global development community transitions towards a post-2015 agenda, PEPFAR is itself undergoing a transition — toward greater focus on country ownership, data-driven priorities, and integrated HIV and AIDS treatment…More

U.S. Sends Food Aid Shipment To Sudan; WFP Warns 40% Of South Sudanese At Risk Of Acute Hunger

Agence France-Presse: U.S. sends huge food aid shipment to Sudan for conflict areas “Nearly 50,000 tonnes of U.S. food aid bound for areas of Sudan affected by conflict arrived in the country on Tuesday, the U.N. World Food Programme said…” (5/26). Bloomberg Business: South Sudan Faces Worst Hunger Level in Four Years, WFP Says “South…More

Humanitarian, Medical Situation Becoming Increasingly Dire In Yemen, Aid Agencies Say

New York Times: Medical Need Climbs Alongside Death Toll in Yemen “Airstrikes by a Saudi-led military coalition were said to have killed at least 80 people in Yemen on Wednesday, and the World Health Organization warned that roughly one-third of the country’s population was in urgent need of medical care…” (Kalfood/Fahim, 5/27). Reuters: Yemen faces…More

Ukraine Activists Warn Of Impending HIV Treatment Shortages

Agence France-Presse: Ukraine faces looming HIV treatment shortage “A group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS. … Activists link the problem to a law adopted last year allowing drug suppliers to receive full…More

The Guardian Features Analysis Of MDGs 4, 5

The Guardian published several pieces on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which focus on maternal and child health. The Guardian: What are the Millennium Development Goals on child mortality and maternal health all about? “MDG4 aims to reduce child mortality, while MDG5 is focused on improving maternal health…” (Kweifio-Okai/Galatsidas, 5/28). The Guardian: Millennium Development…More

Number Of Hungry People Worldwide Drops More Than 200M Since Early 1990s, U.N. Report Shows

News outlets highlight findings from the U.N.’s annual report on hunger, titled “The State of Food Insecurity in the World.” Associated Press: U.N.: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty “The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters,…More

Additional Funding Needed To Reach Zero Ebola Cases In West Africa, WHO Official Says

Reuters: Ebola set to persist in 2015, but funds for aid are lacking: WHO “The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and may persist even longer because of dwindling financing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 5/26). VOA News: Money Shortage…More

Cholera Outbreak In Tanzania’s Burundian Refugee Camp Improving, But Transmission Risk…

The Guardian: Cholera biggest threat as Burundi refugees crowd into Tanzania camps “…A cholera outbreak in the holding camp where the refugees are cleared for entry into Tanzania has claimed 31 lives. The World Health Organization said this week that the situation appears to be improving, but the risk of transmission remains high. Aid agencies…More

Increased Condom Distribution Accompanies Declining HIV Incidence In Zimbabwe, Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: Zimbabweans get 100 million condoms in HIV battle “More than 100 million condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe last year, a huge increase on previous years, indicating that more people were practicing safe sex in the battle against HIV, authorities said Tuesday. According to the National AIDS Council, HIV rates in Zimbabwe have declined…More

For True Reform, WHO Must Address Relationship With Regional Entities, Budget Size, Flexibility

Washington Post: Why proposed WHO reforms aren’t enough to deal with the next epidemic Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science and department head at the University of Minnesota Duluth “…These reforms [approved this week by the World Health Assembly] may change how WHO operates, but they are not the sorts of reforms that will…More

Communicating Global Development Goals Effectively Will Help End Extreme Poverty

Huffington Post: A Call to Action: Transform the Way We Communicate Global Development Nicole Schiegg, senior vice president at Fenton “…The next set of global goals and the updated [Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (Global Strategy)] are two important agendas that require the highest levels of political will for their adoption, and…More

It’s (UN) official: South Korea’s mandatory HIV testing for foreigners is racial discrimination

Note: This was cross-posted to the IH Blog. South Korea has come under fire in recent years for its treatment of immigrants, migrant workers, and Read More

Poorest Nations Receive Less Than One-Third Of Global Development Aid, ONE Report Shows

News outlets discuss findings from the ONE Campaign’s 2015 DATA Report. Agence France-Presse: Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report “The world’s poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organization founded by U2 frontman Bono…More

U.N.’s Ban Highlights Africa’s Achievements, Future Challenges On Africa Day

U.N. News Centre: On Africa Day, U.N. chief spotlights continents’ achievements, reflects on challenges of 2015 “Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent’s achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Monday], highlighting the courage and determination it took to make remarkable progress to end the…More

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