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Celia W. Dugger, NYTimes MASHAI, Lesotho — At a clinic in the mountains, reached only by crossing a churning river in a rowboat, Dr. Paul Young, a pediatrician raised in the housing projects of Savannah, Ga., soothed a fussy baby. She stared at him, fascinated, as...

Henry Neondo, ASNS News DRC First Lady Olive Lembe Kabila and Minister of Health Victor Makwenge Kaput joined parents and health workers in Kinshasa to witness the first child being immunized as part of the official introduction of pneumococcal vaccine into the national routine immunization programme. “Today’s...

University of Chicago, News Office Newswise — Ever since widespread defaults on microloans in India thrust the microfinance industry into crisis, a compelling and fundamental question has been renewed: How do we determine what impact financial innovations and financial policy changes will have on the economies...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk There is plenty of good news in the international development story. Living standards across the world have shot up in the past few decades, for the very wealthy, yes, but also for many of the world's poorest people. Things can reverse, of course, as...

GAVI Alliance Geneva, 30 March 2011 – To further increase transparency of the oversight of its cash-based support, the GAVI Alliance announced today that it will make public when it suspends a cash programme to investigate possible misuse of funds. “Our mission is to make sure life-saving...

The Great Beyond, Nature.com The GAVI Alliance, which focuses on getting vaccines into low-income countries, has announced that it will suspend cash handouts to some programmes in Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon, while it investigates possible misuse of funds. Together with another investigation in Mali –...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk Lord Ashdown's review of how the UK responds to humanitarian emergencies points to a major shortcoming in today's humanitarian aid system: the absence of a systematic effort to assess whether beneficiaries are satisfied with the efforts made on their behalf by UN agencies...

Reuters (Reuters) - An epidemic of measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is "spiraling out of control," the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday. Read more....

Devi Sridhar, DPhil, Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, JAMA In December 2010, Jack Chow, the former World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general, asked, “Is the WHO becoming irrelevant?” A month later, the WHO's executive board considered the agency's future within global health governance. After a year-long consultation...

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