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Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More

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

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

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NCDs: refocusing our efforts just in time

0000-0002-1767-4576On December 9-11, the second NCDA forum will take place in Sharjah, UAE. The theme of the conference is aptly Stepping up the pace on NCDs: making 2018 count, providing a unique opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society ahead of the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs. For the wider health and non-health audience, this blog post provides an insight into the current state of NCDs, and the exciting road ahead. Taking stock  The global burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) represents a crisis largely of our collective creation and poses a multitude of risks to everyone, everywhere. NCDs are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, with three in four of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.


Redesigned UNDP Development Strategy Focuses On 6 ‘Signature Solutions,’ Calls For More…

Devex: Steiner says new UNDP plan is not a cure-all, but a ‘future-focused’ push forward “The United Nations Development Programme, one of the largest U.N. agencies responsible for reducing poverty and inequality, is backing a redesigned, ‘future-focused’ plan that is necessary to face the world’s changing development and political challenges, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner told…More


Enforcing Policies Outlawing Child Marriage, Addressing Underlying Factors Critical To…

The Guardian: The Guardian view on child marriage: wedlock is a padlock for girls Editorial Board “…Worldwide, a girl under 18 is married every two seconds … Child marriage is linked to poverty, curtailed education, domestic violence, and maternal mortality. Young brides are under pressure to have children when they still have the bodies of…More


IBSA Fund For Poverty, Hunger Alleviation In Global South Releases Annual Report

U.N. News Centre: Antalya: U.N.-backed fund combating poverty and hunger across Global South launches annual report “Three countries at the forefront of South-South cooperation … launched [Monday] the latest report of the India, Brazil, and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation, known as the IBSA Fund, named after the lead partners, and which…More


Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read 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


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


Beyond the stereotype: the many faces of malnutrition in contemporary Tanzania

A starving, emaciated child: this is the image that usually comes to most people’s mind when they think of malnutrition in Africa. However, what is less portrayed is a far more common form of undernutrition with life-long consequences that is not immediately visible to the human eye, a so-called hidden hunger known as chronic malnutrition or stunting. Chronically malnourished children are usually not thinner than other children, and they do not look undernourished. But they are shorter than their peers and therefore referred to as stunted. Although genetic differences and environmental factors also cause differences in population height potential, in some communities, stunting is so common that it is hard to know what is ‘normal’ and what is not.


Outcomes Of Global Nutrition Summit Include Funding, Political Commitments

Devex: Global Nutrition Summit sees new funding, political commitments “Advocates and officials at the Global Nutrition Summit this weekend urged policymakers to place nutrition at the center of anti-poverty and development efforts. Good nourishment can have a multiplier effect on the well-being of communities, they argued at the event, which saw $640 million in new…More


The WHO Global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay: Towards an integral response to the…

On behalf of the Latin American Network for Multidisciplinary Research on Chronic Diseases A 46-year-old woman affected by a heart attack in Zimbabwe, a (male) heavy smoker aged 68 and recently diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia, a 52-year-old Indonesian man with neurological stroke sequelae due to long-term undiagnosed hypertension, …  All of them share underlying determinants and face the consequences of a rising global epidemic: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as they are commonly labelled. These “socially transmitted conditions”—as some (other) people would prefer to call them—are  estimated to account for 63% of global mortality nowadays. It is predicted that they will account for around 70% of global deaths by 2030, if business continues as usual. Even more importantly, NCDs are also significantly related to preventable premature mortality and disability. Each year, 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 die from an NCD.


China’s President Xi Jinping Faces Challenges In Plan To Eliminate Rural Poverty By 2020

New York Times: Xi Jinping Vows No Poverty in China by 2020. That Could Be Hard. “…Nearly seven decades after the Chinese Communist Party rose to power on a promise of prosperity for all, President Xi Jinping has vowed to fulfill the Communists’ original intent, staking his legacy on an ambitious plan to complete the…More


Water is For Fighting Over

Mark Twain is often credited for the quote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over”. Despite the quote’s likely questionable origin, water is becoming an increasingly angry and thirsty elephant-in-the-room for world leaders. Tipped as the “oil of the 21st century”, will swelling water demands precipitate the levels of conflict seen with oil? Or can such an intrinsic aspect of human life avoid the geopolitical issues associated with the more volatile liquid? There is no denying the importance of water in global growth; a critical overarching ingredient for nearly all 17 SDGs in one way or another


Youth Advocates Join Conference Discussions To End Child Marriage In West Africa

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Teenage girls step in to stop child marriages in West Africa “…Driven by poverty, religion, and insecurity, marrying off girls once they reach puberty or even before is a deeply engrained tradition in much of West and Central Africa, but with detrimental effects on health, education, and development. As leaders from across…More


Missing Maps Organization Works To Document Remote Areas To Better Account For People, Deliver…

Newsweek: Mapping poverty to save more than a billion lives in the world’s most remote slums “…Globally, over a billion people are unaccounted for — literally not attached to a physical address in cartography or databases, which means they often don’t receive basic services. That number is growing; by 2020, there will be 1.5 billion…More


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