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

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


Heads Of 3 U.N. Agencies Plead For Saudi-Led Coalition To Open Yemeni Ports As Humanitarian…

Associated Press: Save the Children says 130 children die every day in Yemen “An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease. Save the Children said late on Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is…More

Conflict, Climate Change Drive Increase In Food Insecurity In Sub-Saharan Africa, FAO Report…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Conflict and climate push 224 million Africans into hunger — U.N. “The number of hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa rose by 10 percent to 224 million in 2016, largely due to conflict and climate change, the United Nations said on Thursday…” (Win, 11/16). U.N. News Centre: Conflicts, climatic change drive food insecurity…More

Aid Experts Criticize DFID For Channeling More Development Aid Through Other Government…

The Guardian: U.K. under fire as new figures show aid spending by broad range of ministries “The proportion of Britain’s £13.4bn aid budget spent by government ministries other than the Department for International Development rose by almost 50 percent last year, sparking concerns about transparency and poverty reduction. Roughly a quarter of the aid budget,…More

Belgian Minister Urges More Public-Private Partnerships For Development Aid Funding

EURACTIV: Belgium highlights pioneering role in linking private sector to aid policy “Alexander De Croo, Belgium’s minister for development cooperation, made a passionate plea on Wednesday (15 November) for closer synergies between private and public funding for development, using his country’s pioneering experience as an example. … He used the example of Belgium, which recently…More

Health Leaders Should Take ‘Meaningful Action’ On TB At Moscow Meeting

Moscow Times: Ending Tuberculosis Starts in Moscow José Luis Castro, executive director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “A meeting of the world’s health ministers in Moscow this week could prove to be a…More

Long-Term Investments In, Improved WASH Critical To Women’s, Girls’ Health, Achieving…

Inter Press Service: Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality Tim Wainwright, chief executive at WaterAid “…Being denied access to safe, private toilets is particularly dangerous for women and girls, impacting on their health and education, and exposing them to an increased risk of harassment and even attack. … Next summer, leaders…More

Oxfam Urges U.S. Congress To Protect Humanitarian, Development Funding In FY18 Budget

Oxfam America’s “Politics of Poverty”: In defense of U.S. foreign assistance: A final call to Congressional leaders David Saldivar, aid effectiveness policy and advocacy manager at Oxfam America, discusses the FY18 U.S. foreign assistance budget, writing, “As Congress finalizes the budget it will send to the president, we urge the House of Representatives to join…More

New Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands To Prioritize Organization’s Accountability,…

Associated Press: New chief of Global Fund says accountability is ‘imperative’ “The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how its billions of dollars are spent to fight the three killer diseases. … In an…More

Philippines Health Department Resumes Contraceptive Distribution Following Agency Ruling,…

CNN Philippines: DOH starts distribution of contraceptives “The Health Department (DOH) said Thursday it is now distributing family planning supplies to regional health offices. This comes four days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced 51 contraceptives are non-abortifacients, thereby lifting a temporary restraining order on these that was issued in 2015 by the…More

U.S. Sens. Corker, Flake Request USAID IG Examine Agency’s Contract For Global Health Supply…

Devex: Senators ask USAID watchdog to examine health supply chain project “…Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, both Republicans and chairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations and Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy respectively, sent a letter Tuesday, which Devex obtained, to Ann Calvaresi Barr, USAID’s inspector general. The senators outlined their ‘great…More

Q&A Series Highlights Women Working In Development, Supported By USAID

USAID/Medium: Q&A Series #1: When Women Do Better, Countries Do Better “In this series of blogs, we introduce you to some of the women whose ideas USAID has supported. They are having an outsized impact in the developing world  —  and beyond  –  proving that when women do better, countries do better. First in the…More

U.S. Congress, U.N. Should Continue To Press For Political Solution In War-Torn Yemen

New York Times: Saudis Try to Starve Yemen Into Submission Editorial Board “…Misery has been Yemen’s lot after more than three years of unrelenting war. … A raging cholera epidemic has sickened some 900,000 people, and 17 million Yemenis are now completely dependent on humanitarian aid for survival. … Impeding humanitarian assistance and using famine…More

New Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands To Focus On Disease Elimination During 5-Year…

Aidspan: Global Fund Board selects Peter Sands to be the next executive director “Peter Sands will be the next executive director of the Global Fund. The decision was made by the Board on 14 November at its 38th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The decision comes five years less a day after Mark Dybul was selected…More

Secretary Of State Tillerson Indicates U.S. Considering Sanctions For Individuals Responsible…

Associated Press: Tillerson says U.S. considers individual sanctions for Myanmar “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by ‘credible reports’ of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to…More

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