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Polio movement celebrates successes, faces setbacks

Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta shares his reflections on polio’s complex 2013. Dr. Bhutta is Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and Co-Director of Research in Global Child Health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. The post Polio movement celebrates successes, faces setbacks appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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Is global health about gizmos or people?

By Julia E. Robinson, director of advocacy programs for Health Alliance International at the University of Washington. In Liberia, a health worker takes child’s temperature at the FJ Grant District Hospital in Greenvile in the Sinoe County. AP It’s an exciting time to be fighting for the “End of AIDS.” Everyone from Hillary Clinton to … Continue reading →

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Taps and toilets essential to keep India polio-free

Article by Neeraj Jain (WaterAid) Taps and toilets essential to maintain India’s polio-free miracle, from the Lancet GH Blog.

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Boston Marathon showcases resilience of humanity

Edward Lychik, of Tacoma, Wash., runs past cheering Wellesley College students during the 118th Boston Marathon. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm Boston, MA - For the past week, the city of Boston, and much of the US, remembered the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt for the two brothers who carried out the attacks. … Continue reading →


Week in Review: Styling and stories from the past week

Articles He WroteConflict minerals advocates win and suffer setback in appeal decisionSurprise surprise, young people don’t want to stay on farmsSafe drinking water keeps Cambodian kids in school The aid debate continues in the media and on blogs3.7 million in South Sudan face severe hunger crisisWhy did Congolese soldiers kill a surrendered militia leader?Take the Development Rorschach TestPrivate health care for diarrhea in Africa kills 20,000 kids annually Picture of the DayThe vintage styling of Namibian fashion designer Lourens Gebhardt. See more on his tumblr page.Good ReadsHarrison Ford tells the back story for what led to the iconic sword/gun fight scene in Indian Jones, in a reddit AMA.This map shows the number of executions by US state as of 2014.The NY Times investigates the handling of the Jamies Winston rape investigation, revealing just how terribly law enforcement did in its job.A Raiders cheerleader sues the team for unfair working conditions and paying her below minimum wage. A Princeton study on US policy finds the rich get what they want and the middle class are left out. America is an oligarchy, they conclude.Supposedly America’s 50 best coffee shops. The few I’ve been to that are on the list are excellent


Devex Examines Systematic Reviews For Development Programs

Devex: Can a tool for doctors ‘fix’ evidence-based foreign aid? “…Now some major development institutions, led by the U.K. Department for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation or 3ie, a small Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, are leading the way in developing systematic reviews of development interventions —…More


The Poor, the Bank, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Something Is Changing Fifteen years ago, the international community designed the Millennium Development Goals, including that of halving extreme poverty, through a process that mostly took place in New York, behind closed doors. A few years earlier, the World Bank had developed the guidelines of the Poverty Reduction Strategy for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries from Washington, D.C. in a similar fashion. Fortunately, this approach has changed. Today, the process of identifying and consulting on the post-2015 development agenda has been opened to the general public including, importantly, those whom the goals are expected to serve.


Saudi Arabia Should ‘Report Openly And Honestly’ About MERS

Washington Post: New killer virus should be fought with the help of Saudi honesty “…In the last week or so, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported clusters of [Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)] cases in hospitals and among health care workers. … Unfortunately, there is far too little information about the virus…More


Global Community Must Support ‘Virtually Bottomless’ Needs In CAR

Washington Post: International aid can’t arrive soon enough for the Central African Republic “The unanimity with which the United Nations Security Council approved a peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic early this month attested to the dire situation in that impoverished country. … Much more aid, however, is needed. A U.N. appeal for $547…More


Polio movement celebrates successes, faces setbacks

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Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta shares his reflections on polio’s complex 2013. Dr. Bhutta is Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and Co-Director of Research in Global Child Health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. The post Polio movement celebrates successes, faces setbacks appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.


Water Everlasting? A Film Screening & Panel Discussion Invitation

For decades, aid groups have traveled to Haiti to donate wells, tanks, and water purification machines. But these efforts often fail because of poor management and maintenance. Today, nearly 70 percent of Haitians still lock access to clean water. This story is different. It’s about Haitians and foreigners working together to design a lasting solution, one built, run and paid for by the Haitians.


Visualizing the massive toll of an abused drug seldom in the headlines

Fotopedia The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has been big news around the country and the world. These laws have spawned concerns that they could encourage more youths to use marijuana and lead to increased frequency of impaired driving. On the other hand, civil rights activists have endorsed marijuana legalization, noting that the … Continue reading →


Dr. Paul Farmer Reflects on Medicine and the Boston Marathon Bombing

The morning rush begins outside of University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, delivered this address at the Celebration of Partnership event on April 28, 2013, at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) in Haiti. We’re publishing it for the first time, in gratitude to all who helped make possible University Hospital’s first year of services, and in remembrance of the victims of the Boston marathon bombing one year ago