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


World Bank President Kim, Aid Groups Warn U.K. Prime Minister About Cutting Nation’s Aid…

The Guardian: World Bank chief echoes Bill Gates’s warning to Theresa May on aid “The president of the World Bank has told Theresa May that cutting the U.K.’s aid budget could lead to an increase in conflict, terrorism, and migration and would damage Britain’s international reputation. In a strongly worded response to reports that the…More

Devex Examines Potential Impacts Of Reduced Aid Transparency Under Trump Administration

Devex: What will happen to aid transparency under Trump? “…For aid programs, openness, transparency, and accountability are important terms that are associated with building public confidence in the program. But it goes further than that. Open data, an important component of an open government, can increase the effectiveness of aid by helping administrators to understand…More

U.S. Should Invest In, Prioritize Foreign Aid

CNN: Melinda Gates: The best investment America can make Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The money we spend on foreign aid is a long-term investment in Americans themselves. … When the United States invests in strengthening health systems abroad, it also makes deadly epidemics less likely to land on our…More

U.K. Should Demonstrate Leadership In Foreign Aid Spending

The Guardian: The Guardian view on the aid target: it’s the fraction that counts Editorial Board “…U.K. aid spending has played a significant role in halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and delivering the great improvements in global health and education that have been achieved over the past decade. … Yet ……More

U.K. Prime Minister May Ambiguous About Continuing To Meet U.N. Foreign Aid Spending Target Of…

Devex: U.K. snap election: Are aid commitments at risk? “Concerns are being raised about the United Kingdom’s government’s commitment to spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on foreign aid, after the prime minister appeared to repeatedly dodge questions about it ahead of a snap election on June 8. The Conservative Party’s commitment to maintaining…More

Focus On Wider Development Goals Needed To Help Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO…

Deutsche Welle: WHO: more than just drugs needed to fight tropical diseases “In the past 10 years, ‘unprecedented progress’ has been made in tackling tropical diseases worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday. To continue targeting invisible killers like schistosomiasis, however, drug companies, aid organizations, and politicians must confront the added challenges created by poverty…”…More

Bill Gates Speaks About Meeting With U.S. President Trump To Discuss Foreign Aid, Global Health…

Fortune: Why Bill Gates Is Counting on President Trump to Change His Mind on Foreign Aid “Bill Gates said he hopes President Donald Trump will be ‘pragmatic’ and will rethink his proposed cuts to health spending and foreign aid. … The billionaire philanthropist met with Trump at the White House last month, after the Bill…More

Investments In Adolescent Health, Education Could Yield 10-Fold Economic Returns, Lancet Study…

HealthDay News: Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment “Worldwide investments in teen health could yield significant economic returns, a new study contends. ‘Investing in young people is in everyone’s interest,’ said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. ‘A small investment in empowering and protecting the world’s over a…More

News Outlets Highlight Humanitarian Crises, Hunger, Disease Outbreaks In Conflict-Affected…

Christian Science Monitor: As global famine aid comes up short, Somalis abroad step up “Every year, Somalis abroad send about $1.4 billion back home — almost a quarter of the country’s GDP. As organizations like the United Nations warn that famine could spread, those remittances are an especially vital form of aid…” (Brown, 4/18). Foreign…More

Bill Gates Expresses Hope U.S. President Trump’s ‘Pragmatism’ Will Inform Global…

Bloomberg: Gates Says He’s Counting on Trump’s Pragmatism for Health, Aid “Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he’s counting on Donald Trump’s pragmatism when it comes to the president’s policies on health spending and foreign aid. ‘I’ve talked to him about HIV and how the U.S. should be proud of our work there,’ Gates said in…More

Two-Thirds Of Australians Express Concern Over Possibility Of ‘Global Gag’-Type Rule For…

BuzzFeed News: Aussies Don’t Want To Follow Trump By Banning Charities That Offer Abortion Services “…The Australian Christian Lobby urged [Australia] Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to follow Trump’s lead and reinstate a ban on the use of foreign aid to terminate pregnancies in other countries. The ban, introduced by former prime minister John Howard, was…More

U.S. Should Continue To Invest In Preventing Female Genital Mutilation At Home, Abroad

The Hill: Michigan case shows more needs to be done to confront female genital mutilation Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Democratic Caucus “…[D]espite politics, the U.S. should not weaken its investments in critical funding sources like USAID and the U.N. Population Fund that support the culturally appropriate work being done on the…More

Controlling cholera in the Ouest Department of Haiti using oral vaccines

by Alexander Kirpich, Thomas A. Weppelmann, Yang Yang, John Glenn Morris Jr., Ira M. Longini Jr.

Sens. Corker, Coons Call On Congress To Defend Foreign Aid Budget, Implement Food Aid Reforms

The Chattanoogan: Corker, Coons Visit World’s Largest Refugee Camp To Get Firsthand Look At Global Food Crisis “Senators Bob Corker [R-Tenn.] and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday visited the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, where more than 270,000 people reside after fleeing war-torn South Sudan. The…More

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