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USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children

June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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Mapping Health Facilities in Crises – Reflections and Directions

I am wrapping up my thesis research (finally!), which focuses on the mapping of health facilities in crisis settings. Over the past 3 years, I Read More

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Mapping Worms

Sixy years after Dr. Norman Stall envisioned an atlas of maps illustrating cases of helminth (worm) infections and control projects, a small team at the Read More

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Gates Foundation Sets Sights On Stopping Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation press the global community for…More


USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children

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June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.


Mapping Maternal, Child HIV Transmission Could Bolster Support For Programs, Shah Says

Devex: USAID chief: Put maternal and childhood HIV on the map “The global health community could be ‘under-reporting and under-recognizing’ HIV prevalence as a cause of child death due to a growing gap between child and adult diagnosis and treatment, according to an expert panel who spoke in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. … One possible…More


New Study Maps H7N9 Avian Flu Risk In Asia

New York Times: Mapping the Risk of Bird Flu’s Spread “A strain of bird flu that has infected at least 367 people in mainland China over the past year poses a threat to several other parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India, according to a new study mapping the risk posed…More


Publications Examine Funding For HIV, Human Rights

Two publications explore funding for HIV and human rights. Open Society Foundations: HIV and Human Rights: A Mapping of Donor Priorities and Trends in Southern Africa “…This briefing paper reports the findings of a 2012 study on HIV and human rights donor trends in Southern Africa, commissioned by the Open Society Foundations. It identifies opportunities…More


Satellite Mapping, an important step toward malaria control and elimination in Nigeria

Omede Ogu of Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) reports on efforts to undertake mapping of malaria in the country as a basis for better planning of control and eventual elimination efforts. NMEP has been meeting with the team from the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). Progress on pilot malaria mapping in Niger State is being reviewed, though the study is yet to be concluded. NMEP is also looking at opportunities that exist to expand their initial mapping to cover the whole of the country. Discussions are underway on next steps and development of a road map or a framework for the study going forward.


IHP news 271: Missing girls, MERS and Modi

Dear Colleagues,   While I’m putting together this newsletter, most of my department colleagues are enjoying a creative art workshop (annex teambuilding exercise) in Middelheim Park, Antwerp. The weather is great, so I hope they have a lovely time. Yesterday, on the first day of the annual departmental days, we did some strategic brainstorming, as we tend to do at gatherings like this. In a sign of the times, ‘wellbeing at the department’ was a discussion item, for the first time. Have we reached a tipping point?


Towards a Less Wormy World

; By Nina Cromeyer Dieke* Nigeria is – by far – Africa’s most populous nation. It recently came to light that it is the continent’s biggest economy. It also has the highest burden of NTDs in all of Africa. Therefore, when an opportunity arose in late 2013 to run our GIS training course in Abuja, […]


IHP news 266: The IHME report on global health financing

Dear Colleagues, Some of you are on early Easter holidays, so we’ll try to keep this newsletter a bit shorter than usual. Other good reasons for keeping it brief, is that Richard Horton occasionally pops up in my dreams now (which I’d like to avoid), and that I have to pick up my son from a table tennis camp, later this afternoon. In this newsletter we focus, among other issues, on the annual IHME report, ‘Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity’. Very nice report, apparently; on Twitter we learnt Chris Murray got a well-deserved “reception like a rock star”, when the report was launched. Unfortunately, the title is just plain wrong (granted, Bono himself gets it wrong on some issues too)


ICT4Gov without ‘local gov?’ Shortcomings for youth engagement

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This is a guest post by Daniella Ben-Attar (@dbenattar) who consults for international development agencies, NGOs and corporations on areas relating to youth participation, governance, municipal capacity building, ICT4D and peace building. by Daniella Ben-Attar Youth in Mali with local authorities. ICTs are increasingly being looked to as holding great promise for improving participatory governance and citizen engagement. Mobile phones have been a game-changer in this sphere, with nearly seven billion mobile-cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 89% penetration in the developing world.


IHP news 254: Davos or Geneva, is that the question?

Dear Colleagues, Before I immersed myself in some Lancet reading this morning, I read my newspaper. You gotta know your priorities. A few headlines  struck my attention: “Michelle Obama is ‘fifty and fabulous’ “ (damn for all the ones among us who are forty and miserableJ). Right on the next page, the horrifying picture of a starved girl child in Syria – aid didn’t reach her.


The Philippines is not Haiti

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A month in, more or less, and we’re now to the point in the Typhoon Haiyan response when the initial surges of various kinds are over. Fundraising has slowed. Major donors like OFDA and the EC have mostly spent what they have to spend. The initial relief effort—certainly the majority of what anyone could honestly […]


Gates Foundation Recommits To Coordinating Malaria Eradication Efforts

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“Malaria researchers believe that better coordination and new technologies, such as the use of vaccines and sophisticated disease mapping, can inject new life into the ambitious goal of eradicating the deadly illness,” AllAfrica reports in an article discussing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “plan to synchronize the efforts of the malaria community worldwide towards…More


United Nations Every Woman Every Child teams tackle uterotonics and mag sulfate

There is so much momentum on maternal and newborn health commodities. Today we pause to take a look at some of the most important work initiated by the United Nations initiative, Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC). Three important drugs make all the difference in the management of the major killers of women in childbirth. Quality oxytocin and misoprostol address postpartum hemorrhage, while magnesium sulfate addresses eclampsia.


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