Aid & Development


Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, 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

Andrew Smith

To Bear Witness

This article originally appeared on Health Initiative  by Dr. Grace Deukmedjian I lived in Los Angeles for several years and the Navajo Reservation is a Read More


Former U.N. Official Paul Spiegel Speaks With NPR About How To Fix ‘Broken’ Humanitarian…

NPR: Humanitarian Aid Is ‘Broken,’ Says Former U.N. Official “The humanitarian aid system is broken. That’s the message of a new paper by Paul Spiegel, a former senior official at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In Haiti, U.N. Security Council Stresses Support To End Nation’s Cholera Epidemic

Reuters: United Nations stresses for support for Haiti cholera fight “The United Nations stressed on Thursday its support for eradicating cholera in Haiti, an epidemic it accidentally started, although the government said residents would be better served if aid funding was channeled through it. … Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Aviol Fleuriant said the U.N.…More

WHO’s Travel Spending Does Not Represent ‘Warped Priorities’ But Reflects Necessary…

Washington Post: The World Health Organization spends more on travel than on key diseases. That’s actually okay. Mara Pillinger, PhD candidate in political science at George Washington University “…[C]omplaints about U.N. spending and priorities tend not to understand how U.N. agencies such as the WHO work, and who gets to decide what these agencies do…More

U.N. Revises Annual Humanitarian Aid Appeal Upward To $23.5B

Humanosphere: Funding fails to keep pace with record number of people in need of aid “Humanitarian needs are growing worldwide and international donors are not keeping up. The United Nations says it needs $23.5 billion to help some 141 million people across 37 countries in need of humanitarian assistance. It is $1.3 billion more than…More

E.U.’s Highest Court Rules Courts Can Consider Vaccines As Cause Of Illnesses Without…

Associated Press: E.U. court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof “The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. … On Wednesday, the E.U.’s top court said that despite the lack of scientific…More

Venezuela’s National AIDS Program Suffers Under Country’s Economic Collapse

Globe and Mail: In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins “…Back when I was covering the African epidemic [more than a decade ago], Venezuela was invoked with admiration: This country has had free, public treatment for HIV since 1999. Its AIDS program was a model for countries throughout the developing world. … But…More

More Than 5M Children Need Humanitarian Aid In Iraq; More Than 1K Killed In Country’s War…

Reuters: More than 5 million children need urgent humanitarian aid in Iraq: UNICEF “More than five million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing the war on Islamic State as ‘one of the most brutal’ in modern history. ‘Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror…More

U.S. Must Continue Steady Global Health Funding ‘To Save Lives,’ Friends Of The Global…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Why every cent matters in the U.S. global health budget Friends of the Global Fight President Chris Collins writes, “I recently had the honor of addressing the amfAR Capitol Hill Conference, ‘Making AIDS History: A Roadmap for Ending the Epidemic,’ and I talked about why every dollar counts in…More

Sweden’s Secretary Of State For International Development Speaks With Devex About…

Devex: Q&A: Sweden’s aid chief on Trump, multilateralism, and the securitization of aid “Multilateral institutions such as the United Nations offer the only route to solving global problems, according to Sweden’s international development chief. Speaking exclusively to Devex, Ulrika Modéer, Sweden’s secretary of state for international development, said that her country — the world’s third…More

Conflict, Humanitarian Crises Fuel Cholera, Polio Outbreaks In Yemen, Syria

Washington Post: How war brought cholera and polio back to the Middle East “As war ravages public health systems in Yemen and Syria, doctors are treating epidemics and diseases they once thought were things of the past. In Yemen, it is cholera, a bacterial disease spreading so fast, [more than] 160,000 people have fallen sick…More

WHO Confirms 15 New Polio Cases In Syria; Immunization Efforts Planned For Next Month

Reuters: WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria “Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in and around Raqqa, a city…More

U.N. Agencies Work To Contain Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak; More Than 172K Suspected Cases, WHO…

U.N. News Centre: Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, U.N. agencies report “A ‘race’ is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said [Tuesday]. … Nearly 1,200 people have died in the latest outbreak and there are more than 172,000…More

South Sudan No Longer In Famine Situation, Report Says; Country’s Refugees Straining…

Reuters: South Sudan no longer classified as in famine: U.N.-backed report “South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine, although 45,000 people in Jonglei and Unity states are expected to remain in famine-like conditions and the situation is still critical, a U.N.-backed food security report said on Wednesday. … The Integrated Food Security…More

U.S. Congress Should Fund Mechanisms To Gather Evidence On Development Outcomes, Impacts Of…

Devex: Opinion: Federal budget claims support for evidence, but slashes funding for it Shiro Gnanaselvam, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Social Impact “…I agree with [U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s] statement that ‘more money doesn’t necessarily mean better outcomes.’ However, I would argue you do need to fund the mechanisms designed…More

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