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

Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More

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What will it take to dismantle the power structures that perpetuate inequality and bigotry in aid, philanthropy, social enterprise, and impact investing? (Plus, a sampling of resources/conversations on solidarity.)


Washington Post Examines Child Malnutrition In War-Torn Syria

Washington Post: In besieged Syria, one wasting death ‘just the start of a tragedy’ “…The story of how a child dies of hunger is not a simple one. In the besieged suburb of Eastern Ghouta, food supplies did not dry up overnight. Even after years of violence, families still managed to cope, spending savings on…More

Private Sector Taking Steps To Address Climate Change To Meet Paris Accord Goals, SDGs

DW: COP23: Why Trump can’t kill the climate deal “President Trump’s controversial tweets about global warming have left many heads of state stony-faced. But big business is now pushing Washington to implement the United Nations’ climate goals…” (Hell, 11/2).

U.N.’s IOM Continues To Provide WASH Services To Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

International Organization for Migration: Clean Water, Sanitation Vast Challenges as Bangladesh Copes with 607,000 New Refugees “…IOM, the U.N. Migration Agency, is providing vital WASH services to both the Rohingya and the communities hosting them, while scaling up its work to meet the needs of new arrivals. In total, some 100,000 people already directly benefit…More

Norwegian, Chinese Approaches To Aid Offer Insight For Policy Debates On Aid Effectiveness

Washington Post: Why do nations invest in international aid? Ask Norway. And China. Dan Banik, professor of political science and research director, and Nikolai Hegertun, PhD candidate in political science and research fellow, both at the Center for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo “…We recently studied Norwegian and Chinese aid to…More

U.S. President Trump Must Speak Out, Take Action On Rohingya Crisis

Washington Post: Trump needs to say something — and do something — about the assault on the Rohingya Editorial Board “The biggest and most ruthless campaign of ethnic cleansing the world has seen in years continues unabated in Burma. … After weeks of hesitation, the United States has finally begun to act against this staggering…More

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Haley Warns S. Sudan President America Will Withdraw Aid Unless…

Reuters: U.S. has lost trust in S. Sudan, Trump envoy tells president “The United States has lost trust in South Sudan’s government for fueling the country’s civil war and must bring peace or risk losing support from Washington, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the nation’s President Salva Kiir…” (Nichols, 10/26). Washington…More

HRW Letter Outlines Findings, Recommendations On Early Impacts Of U.S. Protecting Life In…

Human Rights Watch: Re: Early Impact of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy in Kenya and Uganda In this October 13 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, HRW Washington Director Sarah Margon and Nisha Varia, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch’s women’s rights division, “share our initial research findings and recommendations…More

Tedros’s Appointment Of Mugabe As Goodwill Ambassador Should Be Investigated

Washington Post: Another week, another scandal at the United Nations Frida Ghitis, columnist for World Politics Review “…[WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’] decision to honor [Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe] is a misjudgment of breathtaking proportions. The stain it has left on the WHO will not be easily cleansed. We must find out what was behind…More

World Bank Pandemic Simulation During Annual Meeting Highlights Growing Awareness Of Outbreak…

Washington Post: World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’ “…[An infectious disease outbreak] scenario was part of a pandemic simulation held during the World Bank’s annual meeting in Washington this month. It’s not the kind of event that people would typically associate with the World Bank. But it’s the…More

International Aid Groups Should Focus On Women’s Political, Not Economic, Empowerment, Report…

Washington Post: Women in the developing world don’t need only cows and sewing machines. But that’s what aid groups keep offering. “…[M]any international aid groups that set out to empower women define their goal so narrowly that their mission is, essentially, useless. As a new report by [Kate Cronin-Furman, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard…More

U.S. Should Designate Rohingya Crisis As Genocide, Do More To Support Refugees

Washington Post: A genocide is taking place. Luckily we Americans have other things to worry about. Christian Caryl, editor at the Washington Post “…[In response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, the] United States can demand and orchestrate sanctions against the Burmese military and government. It can organize pressure in international bodies.

U.S. Sen. Corker Spoke Directly With President Trump To Prevent Restrictions On Food Aid…

Devex: Bob Corker: Food aid reform threatened by ‘nativist’ White House interests “Senator Bob Corker, a top Republican lawmaker, told an audience in Washington, D.C., that it was a direct phone call he made to President Donald Trump that stopped the White House from issuing an executive order in June that would have placed additional…More

U.S. Congress Should Push For Bipartisan Reach Act To Become Law

Seattle Times: How the U.S. can save mothers and children across the globe U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) “…[M]ore can be done [to prevent global maternal and child deaths] at a minimal cost to American taxpayers. The Reach Act would greatly improve the rate at which moms and kids survive, and it would put us…More

Debate Over Efficacy, Available Doses Of Cholera Vaccine, Concerns Over WASH Conditions Slow…

IRIN: What’s really stopping a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen? “…The [previous cholera vaccination] plan was soon walked back, amidst questions about the vaccine’s efficacy at such an advanced stage in the outbreak, as well as — IRIN can now report — concerns about the number of doses available. But aid agencies, technical experts, and…More

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