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If polio is on the run, why do we need new tools to help prevent it?

Guest contributor Laura Anderson is an editor at PATH. In the past 25 years, global immunization efforts have eliminated polio from most regions of the world. Over the last two decades, the number of cases has dropped by more than … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the right contraceptive can change a woman’s lifeWhat is PATH? A longtime colleague weighs inHow does military service provide unique training for global health work? ;

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HIV and Tuberculosis are One Disease in Southern Africa

“We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” These messages headlined remarks from Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator for the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […](Read more…)


What’s the best way to measure empowerment?

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) used to send me into a coma, but I have to admit, I’m starting to get sucked in. After all, who doesn’t want to know more about the impact of what we do all day? So I picked up the latest issue of Oxfam’s Gender and Development Journal (GAD), on MEL in gende…


Obama Speaks Out Against FGM, Calls Young African Leaders To Action

News outlets report on President Obama’s criticism of gender oppression in Africa and his call for young African leaders to empower women. Associated Press: Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa “President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is ‘crippling’ development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first…More

Sweden Reinstates Ugandan Aid After Suspension Over Country’s Anti-Gay Law

Reuters: Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law “Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals…” (7/28).

Review Raises Questions On Impact Of DfID’s Long-Term Nutrition Strategy

The Guardian: Scoring DfID: how effective is U.K. aid at fighting global malnutrition? “The body responsible for scrutinizing U.K. aid, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), has completed its first review of the Department for International Development (DfID)’s contribution to improving nutrition.

Experts Evaluate Hunger Data To Determine Scope Of South Sudan’s Food Security Situation

Associated Press/Washington Post: Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data “…Health experts locked away in a hotel conference room in South Sudan’s capital are debating exactly how severe the hunger situation is in the world’s newest country, and if the hunger brought on by violence that erupted in December qualifies as a famine…” (7/28).

Heightened Security Situation Affects Aid Work Along Kenyan Coast

Devex: Insecurity hampers aid work in coastal Kenya “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to do any type of aid work in certain parts of Kenya, especially near the coast close to the Somali border where al-Shabaab militants are very active…” (Ravelo, 7/28).

People With Disabilities Disproportionately Vulnerable To HIV/AIDS, Health Experts Say

IRIN: Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities “Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk — a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists…” (7/29).

Global Community Must Act Before Famine Declared In Somalia

Huffington Post: Warning Signs of Another Famine, Lessons to Be Learned From the Past Shukri Harbi, founder of Miles for Water “…Without urgent aid the future of those who’ve survived [Somalia's 2011 famine] remains bleak. Recently, in a joint NGO statement, including Oxfam and International Rescue Committee, it was reported that out of the required…More

AIDS 2014 Closes With Memorial, Calls To Reduce Stigma

Inter Press Service: AIDS Conference Mourns the Dead, Debates Setbacks “The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded [Friday] as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying six of its delegates, one…More

U.N. Reports Alarming Rates Of Malnutrition In Somalia

News outlets report on food shortages in Somalia and the country’s acute need for food aid. Agence France-Presse/New York Times: U.N. Warns of a Food Shortage 3 Years After Somalia’s Famine “More than 350,000 people here in Somalia’s capital are in acute need of food aid as the government and charities struggle to cope with…More

U.N. Calls For Increased Efforts To Stop Potential Famine In South Sudan

News agencies report on the worsening food crisis in South Sudan, as the United Nations calls for increased donor efforts to fight potential famine. Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms “Top U.N. aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where…More

Indonesian Health Minister Questions UNAIDS Gap Report

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia questions new UNAIDS report “Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has strongly questioned the validity of a Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) GAP Report released in Geneva on July 16, which categorized Indonesia as a country of concern given its increase in HIV new infections, along with several African countries…”…More

Forced Sterilization Mistakenly Believed To Stop HIV Transmission

The Guardian: Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilization “…Speaking at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, [South African human rights activist Sthembiso] Mthembu said global action was needed to stop women being forced into the procedure [of sterilization], in the mistaken belief it stopped HIV transmission. … The Association for Women’s Rights…More

Nearly 570 Dead Of Encephalitis In Indian Outbreak

Reuters: India battles to contain ‘brain fever’ as deaths reach almost 570 “Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as ‘brain fever,’ health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk…” (Bhalla, 7/25).

Northern Nigerian Doctors’ Strike Affecting HIV/AIDS Care

VOA News: Nigeria Doctors’ Strike Threatens HIV/AIDS Care “Nearly a month into a nationwide doctor’s strike, HIV/AIDS patients in some parts of northern Nigeria say health care is rapidly declining, and they have become largely dependent upon foreign aid organizations. Doctors say the strike is the only way they know to rescue Nigeria’s flailing health…More

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