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USAID on Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

USAID’s Vision for Action for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality seeks to improve maternal and fetal health at the country-level using holistic and integrated approaches that Read More

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No more catch 22: Saving mothers and babies in Peru

By Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a UNICEF pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health care in the rural Amazonian basin. I will retire this year after 22 years at UNICEF, having witnessed a transformation unprecedented in my country’s history. Our problems are more complex than they once were, and less amenable to inexpensive solutions, so progress is still uneven and we have a long way to go.

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Data and metrics essential for meeting future development goals

Guardian – Poverty Matters Blog, July 4: Our report outlines the need for sustainable development goals to be monitored and measured in real time to Read More

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Haiti Achieves Several MDGs Ahead Of Deadline; Cholera Rates Decline

U.N. News Centre: Feature: Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development “Haiti, often cited as one of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, has reached — or nearly reached — several of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline, according to a report launched by the United Nations Development…More


Post-2015 Development Agenda Will ‘Lay The Foundation’ For Future Progress

Devex: Global goals that matter Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “…While we have made critical advances, we still have a lot more work to do to make sure that the poorest and most vulnerable communities have access to life-saving services and opportunities. Additionally, progress on the MDGs has been uneven…More


SDGs Must Be Measurable For Both Developing, Developed Countries

Inter Press Service: U.N.’s New Development Goals Must Also Be Measurable for Rich “The United Nations is on the verge of releasing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — perhaps 17 or more — to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will run out by the end of 2015. … According…More


Some MDG Data Old But Shows Trends, Annual Report Author Says

SciDev.Net: ‘Frustration’ over old or missing data in MDGs report “Some of the statistics in the latest Millennium Development Goals report are up to four years old, according to the lead author of the report published yesterday. … But she does not believe that outdated statistics hamper progress towards meeting the goals, because they show…More


USAID on Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

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USAID’s Vision for Action for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality seeks to improve maternal and fetal health at the country-level using holistic and integrated approaches that Read More


What’s an NCD?

With the UN NCD Review this week in New York City, we recap on what Non-Communicable Diseases are… And why they matter. This week in New York City, all eyes in the Global Health community will be on the UN NCD Review. As the last three years have flashed by since the 2011 High-Level Meeting, now is the moment to take stock and reflect on the progress – and challenges – of tackling this growing epidemic. General Assembly resolution 66/2 of 19 September 2011, containing the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases called for the convening of a comprehensive review and assessment in 2014 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Forgotten what NCDs are


U.N.’s Annual MDG Report Shows Progress On Poverty, Calls For More Efforts On Child Health,…

News outlets discuss the U.N.’s annual report on progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), released on Monday. Agence France-Presse: More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: U.N. “More sub-Saharan Africans are living in extreme poverty now than in 1990, said a major United Nations report Monday, warning the region will miss most…More


U.N. Should Include NCDs In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Inter Press Service: Fighting Killer Diseases Is Essential in the Post-2015 Agenda Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “…[T]he Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the MDGs in 2015 must expand the list of health goals to include non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — the world’s #1 killer. … The largest burden — 80…More


No more catch 22: Saving mothers and babies in Peru

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By Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a UNICEF pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health care in the rural Amazonian basin. I will retire this year after 22 years at UNICEF, having witnessed a transformation unprecedented in my country’s history. Our problems are more complex than they once were, and less amenable to inexpensive solutions, so progress is still uneven and we have a long way to go.


Data and metrics essential for meeting future development goals

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Guardian – Poverty Matters Blog, July 4: Our report outlines the need for sustainable development goals to be monitored and measured in real time to Read More


MDG Results ‘Mixed,’ U.N. Women Head Says In Interview

Xinhua/Shanghai Daily: Interview: U.N. Women chief calls MDG progress a “mixed bag” “As the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline is drawing near, the executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, categorized the international community’s progress as a ‘mixed bag’ filled with many…More


Did the Millennium Development Goals accomplish anything?

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Richard Horton, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, recently penned an OpEd slamming the progress of the sustaniable development goals. In it, he proposes that the people putting together the new goals consider these areas when discussions sustainability: wellbeing, capability, intergenerational equity, externalities, resilience, and ‘strength of our civilizations.’ “Unless we embrace and … Continue reading →


Mind the gap: why UN development goals must tackle economic inequality

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By Faiza Shaheen This month we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to force our governments to face up to an uncomfortable reality – that promises ofsustainable Read More


How do “fast-track” countries reduce maternal and child mortality rates?

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By Carole Presern: Social and economic development is a mysterious business. In some low- and middle-income countries, economic growth brings very little change to the lives Read More


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