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Improving Primary Care for the Poor by Leveraging Drug Sellers at Scale

“Primary health care has many different definitions, but can be defined simply as the first place where people seek care. Within this definition, private sector providers Read More

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A deep dive into Tanzania’s failed $1 billion water project

Today marks the publication of the first of a four part investigation into Tanzania’s World Bank-backed endeavor to increase access to clean water, by myself and Jacob Kushner. It is the culmination of now more than a year looking into why it took more than 5 years for the project to start showing meaningful results and why the gains are tenuous in the long term. The story begins with the scene depicted in the above image I took while reporting from Tanzania last fall. Mary Slosson, then of GOOD, and I were curious why the pump located at the nearby school was not working.Here is a clip from part one.

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Volunteering abroad with children: A game of double standards?

Working with children in Western countries requires qualifications, background checks and regulations. Not so in developing countries. Ruth Taylor wants to know what’s with the double standard.

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Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Can Be Controlled In 2015, WHO Official Says

The Guardian: Pakistan polio outbreak ‘will probably be fixed next year,’ says WHO official “…So far this year, 262 cases have been detected in the country, including in Swat, an area that had been free of polio for five years. … But Elias Durry, one of the World Health Organization’s top officials in Pakistan, said…More


Pakistan Prime Minister Condemns Militant Attack On Polio Workers That Left Four Dead

News outlets report on an attack on polio workers in Pakistan, which left four people dead. Agence France-Presse: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan “Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan’s restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt an immunization drive, officials said…”…More


Lawyers In Egypt Appeal Lower Court Ruling Acquitting Two Men In Death Of Girl After FGM

VOA News: Lawyers Appeal Acquittal in Egypt’s First-ever Female Genital Mutilation Trial “Lawyers in Egypt are appealing to a higher court after two men accused of causing the death of a 13-year-old girl during an illegal circumcision were acquitted last week. Activists said this is Egypt’s first attempt ever at prosecuting people for female genital…More


Lassa Fever Kills 9 In Benin; No Ebola Detected, Country, WHO Officials Say

Associated Press: Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found “Nine people have died in Benin from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola, the country’s health minister said. … But so far no Ebola cases have been confirmed in Benin, Health Minister Dorothee Kinde Gazard told…More


Progress Made In Delivering Aid To Syria, But Global Community Must Do More To Alleviate…

U.N. News Centre: Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, U.N. relief chief warns, calling for end to violence “While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top U.N. relief official has said…More


Improving Primary Care for the Poor by Leveraging Drug Sellers at Scale

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“Primary health care has many different definitions, but can be defined simply as the first place where people seek care. Within this definition, private sector providers Read More


Realizing the Vision of Swasth Bharat through Fiscal Federalism in India

This is a joint post with Anit Mukherjee. Related Research Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers for Health: Overview Framework and Lessons Learned Working Group on Fiscal Transfers for Health In his early days as India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi has shown remarkable leadership in all sectors, including health, for which he’s articulated his vision to create a Swasth Bharat, a Healthy India.


UNMEER Model Represents New Option For U.N. Emergency Response; WHO, UNAIDS Heads Visit Mali

News outlets report on the U.N.’s response to Ebola in West Africa. Devex: How UNMEER is leading the fight against Ebola “…Encouragingly, the deepening chaos and deafening criticism seem to have prompted the U.N. system to deploy a new kind of operation — the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response — of which the purpose…More


USAID Aims To Employ Innovation, Technology To Contain Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: USAID seeks help from ‘maker movement’ in Ebola outbreak “…About 25 teams were pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Defense Department as part of USAID’s ‘Ebola Grand Challenge’ — a request for technology that could…More


Merck Purchasing Rights To NewLink’s Experimental Ebola Vaccine

News outlets report on a deal between pharmaceutical companies Merck and NewLink to develop, test, and market a potential Ebola vaccine. NPR: Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine “[Monday] NewLink Genetics said it has made a deal with drugmaker Merck to research, develop, manufacture, and distribute [its] experimental Ebola vaccine.…More


U.N.’s Water, Sanitation Report Shows Slow Progress In Addressing Targets

Inter Press Service: Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding Tim Brewer, policy analyst at WaterAid “…Last week’s World Health Organization report produced by U.N. Water, the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), has provided a sobering picture of water and sanitation services so necessary to health care systems…More


A deep dive into Tanzania’s failed $1 billion water project

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Today marks the publication of the first of a four part investigation into Tanzania’s World Bank-backed endeavor to increase access to clean water, by myself and Jacob Kushner. It is the culmination of now more than a year looking into why it took more than 5 years for the project to start showing meaningful results and why the gains are tenuous in the long term. The story begins with the scene depicted in the above image I took while reporting from Tanzania last fall. Mary Slosson, then of GOOD, and I were curious why the pump located at the nearby school was not working.Here is a clip from part one.


Volunteering abroad with children: A game of double standards?

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Working with children in Western countries requires qualifications, background checks and regulations. Not so in developing countries. Ruth Taylor wants to know what’s with the double standard.


Mali Confirms New Ebola Case

Reuters: Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse “Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday. … Of the six previously known…More


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