To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More

Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More


U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution On Right To Health; U.S. Voices Opposition To…

Intellectual Property Watch: U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Access To Medicines Resolution “The United Nations Human Rights Council [Friday] adopted a resolution on the right to health in relation to the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including a call for medicines and vaccines access for all. The resolution also requested the U.N. human rights…More

Europe, World Must Address Environmental Risks To Health To Achieve SDGs

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Sustainable Development Goals for environment and health are within Europe’s reach, but we need to act better Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe “The time has come for Europe and the world to tackle the 21st century’s unavoidable challenge: to address the persistent, multiple effects of the environment…More

Scientific Analytical Framework Could Help Countries Make Progress Toward Achieving SDGs

Project Syndicate: A Scientific Method for the SDGs Anne-Sophie Stevance, science officer at the International Council for Science, and David McCollum, research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis “…If our leaders are ever to realize the world envisioned in the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], they will need a roadmap for navigating the…More

FHI 360 Podcast Discusses U.S. Foreign Aid Budget, SDGs With Brookings Institution’s George…

FHI 360’s “Degrees”: The changing face of U.S. foreign aid FHI CEO Patrick Fine writes, “In this episode [of ‘A Deeper Look’ podcast], I talk with George Ingram, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and chair emeritus of the U.S.…More

‘Promise To Leave No One Behind’ Links Efforts To End AIDS, Reach SDGs

Inter Press Service: AIDS Pandemic Far From Over: 37 Million Living with HIV Globally Amina J. Mohammed, U.N. deputy secretary general “…Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda. Both are grounded in equity, human rights, and a promise to leave no one behind. … [W]e need to do…More

Funding For Health SDGs Must Come From Variety Of Sectors, Models, Expert Says

Devex: Stepping up nontraditional financing for health “…At the B20 Health Conference in Berlin earlier this month, Devex spoke with several delegates about the types of funding that could help the global health sector in particular to achieve SDG targets. Dr. Patricia Mechael, executive vice president of the Personal Connected Health Alliance, shared her thoughts…More

WHO Framework Convention On Tobacco Control Aims To Help Achieve SDGs By 2030

Huffington Post: A hazard to global development Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, head of secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) “…On May 30 in Geneva, the secretariat of the WHO [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)] jointly launched a new paper with the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), gathering together…More

World No Tobacco Day 2017

Dear Tobacco Industry Executives, We share a dream that this World No Tobacco Day will be a day like no other. Usually the focus of World No Tobacco Day is based on the fact that 7 million of your most loyal customers will die this year from tobacco use. There will be calls to raise the price of tobacco as this is the singular most important measure in reducing tobacco consumption. There will be calls to use some of these taxes to support smokers to quit by investing the funds in proven measures such as public education campaigns and quit lines. There will be calls to follow the lead of Australia, France, and the UK in implementing plain packaging to ban advertising of tobacco and to mandate smokefree environments.

Is technology a third lever for financing the SDGs?

When governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their message was one of ambition: a world in which poverty is eliminated, growth made sustainable, ecosystems restored, and no one is left behind. This came with a price tag: annual investment needs of $4 trillion. With only $1.5 trillion now being invested, this means closing an investment gap of $2.5 trillion every year until 2030. For International Finance Institutions, this is the central challenge of our time. It involves aligning the interest of global savers, and the investors who represent them, with the interest of citizens as they are expressed through the SDGs

Innovative Financing Solutions Needed For Nations To Meet SDGs, U.N. Member States Say

Devex: Innovative financing needed to counter stalled SDG progress “Innovative sources of financing are necessary to advance stalled progress on eradicating global poverty by 2030, United Nations ambassadors said Tuesday, cautioning that governments alone do not have the required funds to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on poverty, health, environment, and justice. Member states gathered…More

A new role for development banks?

Earlier this month, development banks from around the world took stock of where they stand and where they see their efforts having the greatest impact at a meeting organized by the World Bank and Brazil’s development bank, BNDES. As the world struggles to find funds to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, development banks can be instrumental in narrowing that gap. They can help to crowd-in the private sector and anchor private-public sector partnerships, particularly for infrastructure financing. However, misusing development banks can lead to fiscal risks and credit market distortions. To avoid these potential pitfalls, development banks need a well-defined mandate, operate without political influence, focus on addressing significant market failures, concentrate on areas where the private sector is not present, monitor and evaluate interventions and adjust as necessary to ensure impact, and, finally, be transparent and accountable.

Political Will, Partnerships Critical To Achieving SDGs

The Guardian: Even in the age of Trump, I believe we can meet the global goals Alaa Murabit, physician, U.N. SDG global advocate, U.N. high-level commissioner, MIT Media Lab Director’s fellow, and founder of The Voice of Libyan Women and The Omnis Institute “…[If achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is our priority], then it can…More

New Lancet Global Health Commission To Focus On High-Quality Health Systems To Achieve SDGs

The Lancet Global Health: Introducing The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era Margaret E. Kruk, associate professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Muhammad Pate, CEO of Big Win Philanthropy; Zoë Mullan, editor at The Lancet Global Health “…Primary health care facilities, which…More

Water security: the key ingredient for soda tax success

Recommended by the World Health Organization, sugar-sweetened beverage taxes have become an attractive policy to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). However, in contexts where water safety and security are equally important issues, there is an imperative need to simultaneously promote water sanitation and access policies to ensure the benefits of a soda tax don’t dry up.  Soda consumption is often high in countries where access to free drinking water is limited. For over half the global population, water insecurity is a daily reality, and so too is the double burden of malnutrition.

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