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InterAction Launches New Health Aid Map

InterAction Launches New Health Aid Map

InterAction’s NGO Aid Map, with the support of FedEx, launched a Health Aid Map today, featuring the work of InterAction members in 89 countries. With more than 800 projects from nearly 60 organizations, Health Aid Map visualizes the wide-ranging work NGOs are doing to provide access to health care, strengthen health care systems, and help people live healthier, longer lives.

Global Fund Names Kate Thomson as Head of the Critical Enablers and Civil Society Hub

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has appointed Kate Thomson, a leader in global health and development with nearly 30 years of AIDS activism, as Head of the Critical Enablers and Civil Society hub, a new position that underlines the Global Fund’s strengthened efforts to promote human rights and deeper partnership with civil society.

In Asia, a new alliance to fight malaria

In Asia, a new alliance to fight malaria

The Asian Development Bank is now in discussion with its partners to establish a multidonor trust fund for malaria and other health risks.

Tackling Inequality Only Way To End Extreme Poverty, Warns Save The Children

Tackling Inequality Only Way To End Extreme Poverty, Warns Save The Children

New research from Save the Children shows that by 2030 it is possible to ensure no child dies of preventable causes, everyone can access safe water and sanitation, and all children finish primary school.

UK Commits £1 Billion to the Global Fund

Justine Greening, the UK's Secretary of State for International Development, announced that the UK will contribute £1 Billion (US$1.6 billion) to the Global Fund for the 2014-2016 period, or £333 million ($US533 million) per year, the second-largest pledge by any government so far.

UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001

UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001

World closing in on Millennium Development Goal 6, globally the AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed—race is on to reach universal access to HIV treatment.

Global Fund Results Show Dramatic Gains

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results today that show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

Nordic Countries Pledge $750 Million to the Global Fund

Nordic Countries Pledge $750 Million to the Global Fund

GENEVA - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strongly welcomed a pledge of US$750 million by Nordic countries, a highly significant contribution to defeating these three infectious diseases.

Bird flu viruses could re-emerge in upcoming flu season

Bird flu viruses could re-emerge in upcoming flu season

International experts recommend vigilance and promote targeted surveillance, market restructuring to fight H7N9, H5N1 and other threats

Some 35 million more children under five at risk if child mortality goal not met

The cost of inaction is alarmingly high: as many as 35 million more children could die mostly from preventable causes between 2015 and 2028, if the global community does not take immediate action to accelerate progress.  

26 Governments Sign 'Declaration of Panama' to Eliminate Health Inequalities in Latin America & Caribbean

At the Promise Renewed for the Americas conference, 26 Ministers of Health from Latin America and the Caribbean and seven international partners signed the Declaration of Panama pledge to end all preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035.

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy

The World Bank Group has partnered with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) to release six regional reports as part of The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy.

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published following the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg.

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on 21 August, A Life of Dignity for All , containing updates on the Goals and a vision for the work ahead.



Expert Views on Health

Reinventing the Toilet in India Reinventing the Toilet in India
Gandhi said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. To demonstrate his commitment he made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living and believed in total sanitation for all.

The Origin of HIV/AIDS Stigma and How to End It
Illnesses have always been stigmatized. Even the person who ventures into the office with a head cold is ostracized by the others. We jokingly cross our arms to ward off any germs that may be airborne, and then we quickly find a pump sanitizer so that we can lather our hands back to cleanliness. Most of us can deal with a cold and the ostracism that comes with it.

Child Mortality: Progress, Yes, But Much More to Do
Seeing children suffer is a horrible constant in the world. More than a decade ago, on an assignment for Church World Service, I visited a displacement camp in Mashlak, outside of the city of Herat, Afghanistan, and saw large numbers of malnourished children, some of them dying from diarrhea. The tell-tale signs of hunger - stunting, sunken eyes and bloated stomachs - were all there. To say it was heartbreaking doesn't even begin to describe it.



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