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Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

Global health work: Reflective practice and the joy of letter writing

By Saqib Noor I remember lying in a flimsy hammock, hung between two tall raphia palm trees, swinging gently under a glistening African night sky. I Read More

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

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UNFPA State Of The World Population Report Focuses On Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights; TRF…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Give world’s poorest women control over sex, birth, to cut inequality — U.N. “A failure to give the world’s poorest women control over their bodies could widen inequality in developing countries and thwart progress towards global goals aimed at ending poverty by 2030, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Tuesday.…More


Debate Over Efficacy, Available Doses Of Cholera Vaccine, Concerns Over WASH Conditions Slow…

IRIN: What’s really stopping a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen? “…The [previous cholera vaccination] plan was soon walked back, amidst questions about the vaccine’s efficacy at such an advanced stage in the outbreak, as well as — IRIN can now report — concerns about the number of doses available. But aid agencies, technical experts, and…More


WHO, Nigerian Government Begin Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign To Immunize 874K People

CIDRAP News: Nigeria launches yellow fever vaccination campaign “Nigeria’s government has launched a campaign to vaccinate about 874,000 people against yellow fever in two of the country’s states, Kwara and Kogi, the World Health Organization (WHO) said [Monday]…” (Schnirring, 10/16). Xinhua News: WHO supports vaccination campaign in Nigeria to battle yellow fever “…The last yellow…More


5 Ways USAID Invests In Agriculture, Food Security To End Hunger

USAID/Medium: 5 Ways USAID Is Helping to End World Hunger Beth Dunford, assistant to the administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, and Matthew Nims, acting director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, discuss five ways USAID is investing in agriculture and food security: “1.…More


Oxfam America Blog Post Examines U.S. Foreign Aid, National Debt

Oxfam America’s “Politics of Poverty”: President Trump thinks cutting aid will fix U.S. debt. But his numbers don’t add up. Heather Schommer, senior writer for aid effectiveness at Oxfam America, writes about statements made by President Trump on U.S. foreign aid and the national debt


Global challenges of health in the workplace

Over 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and over the next decade the growth of cities is expected to be greatest in Africa – the part of the world currently the least covered by workplace health. If we get this right, the potential to improve human wellbeing is vast. Evidence of the effectiveness of workplace health (or ‘wellness’) programmes is often unclear, and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) the evidence is particularly thin. I have recently been investigating workplace health in LMICs* – desk research and a series of key informant interviews (India, China, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina) – and, while many of the challenges are problems for workplaces everywhere, they are often more acute in lower-income countries. A 2016 survey of 430 organisations found that the top three workplace-health issues globally are all related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs): poor nutrition, physical inactivity and stress.


The Parent as Coach: New Group Coaching Program

; The Parent as Coach Parenting older kids is tricky. They still need our love, attention and protection, but they’re not tiny any more. The approaches that worked with little [ read more brave ]


Marie Stopes International Forced To Cutback Family Planning Services In Madagascar Due To…

NPR: U.S. Slashes Funds For Family Planning In Madagascar “…One of the first acts of the Trump administration in January was to reinstate an abortion-related litmus test for foreign aid known as the ‘Mexico City policy.’ … In Madagascar the change is forcing dramatic cutbacks by the largest provider of long-term contraception in the country,…More


Carter Center Helps Eliminate Elephantiasis From 2 Nigerian States

VOA News: 2 Nigerian States Eliminate Elephantiasis, Carter Center Says “The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization run by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said Friday that it had helped eliminate elephantiasis, a disfiguring tropical disease, from two states in Nigeria where the problem was at its worst. … Dr. Gregory Noland of the Carter Center…More


Attack On Medical Facilities In Syria Sets Back Polio, Measles Immunization Efforts, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says attack on Syria vaccine store leaves children at risk “The World Health Organization said on Friday it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio. If confirmed, the WHO said, the attack would…More


World Bank/IMF Development Committee Releases Communiqué From Fall Meeting

World Bank: World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings 2017: Development Committee Communiqué This press release contains the official communiqué of the World Bank/IMF Development Committee, which met October 14 in Washington, D.C. The document outlines the committee’s recognition of and recommendations on various issues, including health and development goals, gender equality, resilience, and climate change (10/14).


Open Data for Education

There’s a global crisis in learning, and we need to learn more about how to address it. Whilst data collection is costly, developing countries have millions of dollars worth of data about learning just sitting around unused on paper and spreadsheets in government offices. It’s time for an Open Data Revolution for Education.The 2018 World Development Report makes clear the scale of the global learning crisis. Fewer than 1 in 5 primary school students in low income countries can pass a minimum proficiency threshold. The report concludes by listing 3 ideas on what external actors can do about it;Support the creation of objective, politically salient informationEncourage flexibility and support reform coalitionsLink financing more closely to results that lead to learningThe first of these, generating new information about learning, can be expensive


Three Quick Ways to Fight Stress

Spend a moment to consciously relax our hands, feet, and face. Deliberately unclench your hands and let them lie loose in your lap. Let your feet sit flat and unflexed [ read more brave ]


Despite Some Improvement In Chemonics’ Global Health Supply Chain Deliveries, USAID Calls…

Devex: Exclusive: USAID calls latest health project results ‘unacceptable,’ Chemonics cites ‘turning point’ “The U.S. Agency for International Development says the performance of its largest-ever contract ‘remains unacceptable,’ while the agency’s implementing partner, Chemonics International, maintains the most recent report ‘marks a turning point for the project.’ The Global Health Supply Chain — Procurement Supply…More


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