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Creating Consensus on HICs’ Global Surgery Efforts in the Developing World

Today, 830 childbearing women will die from avoidable causes, mainly in the developing world, and mainly from lack of surgical intervention. (1,2) They are among Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More

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Foreign Policy Articles Examine How Trump Administration’s Proposed FY18 Budget Outline Would…

Foreign Policy: Trump Administration Eyes $1 Billion in Cuts to U.N. Peacekeeping “The White House is seeking to cut $1 billion in funding for U.N. peacekeeping operations and to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars for other U.N. programs that care for needy children and seek to lift the world’s poorest out of a life…More


In Coordinated Effort, 13 African Nations Aim To Vaccinate More Than 115M Children Against…

Associated Press: U.N. aims to immunize more than 115 million kids against polio “The World Health Organization says it’s aiming to vaccinate more than 115 million children against polio across Africa next week, in its continuing bid to wipe out the crippling disease. In a statement Thursday, the U.N. health agency said all children under…More


Ensuring Migrants Have Access To HIV, TB Treatment Critical To Reversing Epidemics In Eastern…

Huffington Post: The Shifting Diplomacy around Migration, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis in Central Asia Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…To reverse the rising HIV and [multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)] epidemics, the [Eastern Europe and Central Asia] region will need to move forward on a number of fronts: Firstly, there…More


Global Health Experts Approach Trump’s Budget Blueprint Language Regarding PEPFAR Funding…

Devex: Is PEPFAR a Trump budget winner? Not so fast… “Global health leaders in the United States are urging development advocates to think twice before declaring international HIV and AIDS programs safe from President Donald Trump’s pursuit of sweeping foreign affairs budget cuts. … The relevant budget text says the president’s spending plan — which…More


Implementing and monitoring the Grand Bargain commitment on transparency

At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, Grand Bargain signatory organisations agreed to work towards greater transparency by identifying and implementing a shared open data standard and common digital platform to enhance transparency and decision-making. As a first step they committed to publishing timely, transparent, harmonised and open high-quality data on humanitarian funding and activities within two years of the Summit and identified the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) as the basis for a common standard. Development Initiatives is working with the Grand Bargain transparency workstream to improve humanitarian transparency and take forward the Grand Bargain commitment on transparency. Through this paper we are consulting on proposals to: Improve the IATI Standard to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the humanitarian community. Develop a framework and methodology to support Grand Bargain signatories and the wider humanitarian community in monitoring progress against the transparency commitment.


A summary of Kenya’s budget 2017/18 from a pro-poor perspective

Overview Kenya’s budget 2017/18 is an opportunity to address the country’s high levels of poverty and inequality. Over 45% of the country’s population live below the national poverty line,[1] and the poorest fifth of the population share only 4.8% of the country’s income.[2] Kenya also experiences inequalities at the sub-national level. In Turkana County, for example, an individual is 15 times less likely to have access to a secondary education, compared to an individual in Nairobi County. Even within counties, inequality persists. In a ward in Kilifi County, 84.5% of the population live below the poverty line, yet within another ward the figure is 39%.[3] It’s vital that resource allocations are interrogated in order to ensure they address poverty and inequalities.


Bill Gates Meets With U.S. Congressional Leaders To Discuss Foreign Aid Spending, Global Health…

The Hill: Gates advocates for foreign aid during Capitol Hill meetings “Bill Gates met with several congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss foreign aid and global health issues. Gates’s representatives did not specify which lawmakers Gates was meeting with, but reporters from The Hill saw Microsoft’s founder entering the offices of Senate Minority Leader Charles…More


U.S. Senators Press Defense Leaders On Impacts Of Potential Cuts To Foreign Aid Spending

Devex: Defense Department officials pressed on aid, as military emerges as key voice in budget debate “U.S. foreign aid came up repeatedly in two defense-related congressional hearings this week, drawing attention to the impact of the White House’s proposed budget cuts in conversations meant to focus on the military. Five senators at the Senate Appropriations…More


Once Approved By WHO, New Rotavirus Vaccine Could Protect Millions Of Children From Diarrheal…

New York Times: New Vaccine Could Slow Disease That Kills 600 Children a Day “A new vaccine against a diarrheal disease that kills about 600 children a day worked well in a large trial in Africa and appears to be a practical way to protect millions of children, scientists said on Wednesday. The new vaccine…More


Governments Must Invest More In Clean Water, Sanitation, World Water Council Says; 1 In 4…

Associated Press: African governments urged to spend more on clean water “Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their budgets toward projects aimed at making safe water widely available. … Globally, at least…More


USAID Works With Communities In Tajikistan To Increase Capacity To Maintain, Operate Safe Water…

Medium: With Water Pours Out Hope Jessica Benton Cooney, communications specialist for USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance “…With USAID support installing inexpensive water systems, rural villages and towns like Khojaabdolon  –  whose residents comprise 73 percent of the Tajikistan’s population  —  are gaining access to safe drinking water. In collaboration…More


U.S. Military Leaders Urge Members Of Congress To Support Full Funding Of State Department,…

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Military Leaders on Capitol Hill Today Push to Protect State Department, USAID Budget “Members of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council — an elite group of retired three and four star generals and admirals — [were] on Capitol Hill [Wednesday] urging members of Congress to support fully funding the…More


CGD Blog Post, Podcast Examine Potential Impact Of Trump Administration’s FY18 Budget…

Center for Global Development’s “U.S. Development Policy”: Putting Foreign Aid Cuts in Context Jared Kalow, research assistant at CGD, discusses the Trump administration’s budget blueprint and its potential impact on the international affairs budget, writing, “Put funding for the 150 account in context, and you better understand the broader trend [of U.S. funding] and two crucial…More


Yellow Fever Vaccination Response

Authors: Jennie Harris, Kimberley Fox March 16, 2017 Kim Fox In December 2015, a yellow fever outbreak started in Angola and quickly spread within the country and to its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Laboratory testing confirmed 962 cases, but there were thousands of suspected cases, making this the largest reported outbreak in 30 years. A critical aspect to yellow fever outbreak response is vaccination campaigns in the affected areas. One dose of yellow fever vaccine is capable of providing lifelong protection. Thus the World Health Organization (WHO) keeps a stockpile of 6 million yellow fever vaccine doses for outbreak response


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