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1 New global momentum for universal health coverage

The U.S. still remains a notable outlier among rich nations, spending the most on health (about $8500 per person, or 18 percent of GDP) yet failing to provide coverage for one of every six Americans. To make matters worse, health indicators in the U.S. – such as maternal mortality, child health – often rank the world’s superpower in the same neighborhood as Bulgaria or even Bangladesh.

0 Clean cookstoves can save 1 million lives a year, says World Bank

Cookstoves Global pollution is accelerating the melting of ice and snow. A new report from the World Bank and  International Cryosphere Climate Initiative says fourteen actions must be taken today to preserve the world’s ice, snow and permafrost in order to slow down climate change. Acting now will save lives and…

2 One woman’s struggle to escape extreme poverty

Yala, Kenya  – The world’s leaders want to reduce extreme poverty to three percent by 2030. Mary Anyango would like to see progress now. Getting to the overall target means halving the number of people living in extreme poverty worldwide by 2020 to nine percent, World Bank President Jim Kim…

4 Learning from mistakes made: The Millennium Villages Project

A new book that profiles economist Jeffrey Sachs is augmented by two new reports on the controversial Millennium Villages Project. One explores media attention to the MVP in Africa. Another says that the mistakes made by the MVP provide lessons for future projects and illustrate the importance of transparency in development projects.

0 World Bank cracks down on corruption

Corruption has persisted for millennia as have various efforts to root it out. International development efforts, with money moving from donors like the World Bank to contractors and governments, have their fair share of corruption. A chart from The Economist shows the number of individuals and organizations that have been…

1 Global health boomerang – The risk of seeing past & present as prologue

One of the problems in measuring death and disability rates is it’s much more difficult to measure poverty’s role in all this. Arguably, the task of global health is to focus on the diseases of poverty as opposed to any and all disease – and to establish metrics for what’s actually do-able in addition to measuring death and disability. Forget about that new CT scanner. People are dying for lack of access to drugs, lack of food and water.

6 International development according to Hollywood

International development is just about at the bottom of the list of things that the average American thinks about each day. Foreign bureaus are closing for major US news sources. One of the big television networks turned down more money for global health reporting after a series, entirely funded by…