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Health gap between urban rich and poor getting worse

In cities, access to quality health care varies greatly between the rich and poor, from Lagos to Washington, D.C. The poorest urban children in some developing countries are twice as likely to die as their wealthy counterparts. Steps must be taken immediately to eliminate health inequality, says charity group Save the Children. Its annual State of

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Bill and Melinda Gates: More philanthropy can work against inequality

Washington Post: Bill and Melinda Gates: More philanthropy can work against inequality “…In 2010, Bill Gates teamed up with his friend Warren Buffet to launch a campaign — called The Giving Pledge — to convince other super wealthy people around the world to give away at least 50 percent of their money to charity. There…More

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U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More

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WHO Must Create Effective Early Warning System To Detect, Prevent Future Outbreaks

Washington Post: Putting out the fire, next time Editorial Board “…The pain and suffering [caused by the Ebola outbreak] have been immense. Now it is time to confront another hard problem: addressing the weaknesses in global response that allowed the virus to spread so rapidly. Without the urgency of another outbreak, national governments and the…More


World Bank, WHO, Gates Foundation To Help Nigeria Rebuild Northeastern Region, Immunize…

BBC News: Nigeria Boko Haram areas ‘to get $2bn in World Bank aid’ “The World Bank has pledged $2.1bn (£1.4bn; €1.9bn) to help rebuild north-eastern parts of Nigeria, wracked by years of Boko Haram militancy, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says. Mr. Buhari was speaking in Washington after talks with World Bank officials. … Mr.


Open Data Systems Needed To Help End Extreme Poverty

Washington Post: Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty. That’s why the U.N. should push countries to gather and share data. Rohini Pande, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative, and Florian Blum, economics PhD student at the London School of Economics “…A…More


Circulating Petition Asks Journal Science To Be More Sensitive To Gender, Cultural Issues

Washington Post: Hundreds of scientists ask Science to stop publishing a smorgasbord of stereotypes “More than 300 scientists and counting have signed an open letter to the journal Science, according to scientific publishing watchdog Retraction Watch. The letter, which has been circulated among scientists on social media sites such as Facebook, takes the prestigious journal…More


U.S., Global Community Must Continue Efforts To End West African Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Ebola still poses a serious threat Kent Brantly, doctor at Samaritan’s Purse and Ebola survivor “…Even if this [Ebola] epidemic continues, it is unlikely to return to the magnitude it reached last summer, with hundreds of new cases appearing each week. But what is probable is the destabilization of the region. A constantly…More


SDGs Must Have Explicit Indicator To Track, Achieve Global Hygiene Target

Huffington Post: Hygiene: The Cinderella of the SDG ball Layla McCay, secretariat director at the Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing “…Statisticians at the U.N. have recently proposed dropping hygiene from the list of [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)] indicators that will be tracked globally, in a bid to reduce the number of things to measure.…More


Drought In North Korea Threatens WASH Access, Children’s Health, UNICEF Says

Reuters: Drought puts N.Korean children’s lives at risk — UNICEF “A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday. UNICEF said in a statement that there had been a sharp increase in cases…More


Oral Vaccine, WASH Efforts Effective Tools To Control Cholera Outbreaks

Healthline News: Cholera Risk Remains High Today, but Vaccine Can Control Epidemic “In spite of an estimated three million to five million cases of cholera each year in the world, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) are confident this potentially deadly disease can be controlled. The fight against cholera relies upon a careful combination…More


Making Poverty History Requires Global Activism

The Guardian: Make poverty history? A decade on from Gleneagles, it is a genuine possibility Adrian Lovett, Europe executive director at the ONE Campaign “…A growing movement of global citizens is forming. And that movement is more authentic and representative than ever, no longer directed from Washington, New York, or London. ONE’s membership of nearly…More


Government-Led Campaigns Encourage Breastfeeding In China But Only 2% Of Mothers Breastfeeding…

Washington Post: China wants mothers to breastfeed, but they keep choosing formula “An overwhelming number of young women in China are reaching for formula over breast milk prematurely to feed their newborns, despite ­government-led campaigns to promote breastfeeding as the exclusive diet of infants until ­­­six months of age. As a result, China has one…More


International Community Must Support WASH Efforts To Improve Global Health

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Avoidable disease: For too many, all it takes is modern sanitation Editorial Board “A disturbing report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF shows how something so simple and common as toilets and sanitation can affect the health and welfare of millions. According to the document released last Tuesday, only 68 percent of…More


More Funding Should Be Allocated To Directly Improve Health Systems In Africa

American Journal of Public Health: Health and Justice in a Time of Austerity James Pfeiffer, executive director of Health Alliance International (HAI) and professor with the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington “…Even in a time of exponential growth in aid for health, only a trickle finds its way to the building…More


Greater WASH Investments Needed To Eradicate Cholera In Haiti, Outgoing U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Cholera eradication in Haiti will take ‘some years,’ says outgoing U.N. coordinator “While some 16,000 new cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti so far this year, the disease is now under control but it will not be eradicated unless improving water and sanitation conditions are given a higher priority by…More


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