October 29, 2013 This year’s aid worker security report has just come out. The report finds that both violence against aid workers and kidnappings are on the rise: -In 2012, there were 167 incidents of major violence against aid workers in 19 countries. -These attacks resulted in 274 aid workers killed, kidnapped, or seriously wounded. -The […]Read More
PSI and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week in Geneva in an agreement to work together in the fight against malnutrition. Potential areas of collaboration include joint program design and delivery, new business development, and advocacy for innovative approaches to development.
Karl Hofmann (left), the President and CEO of PSI, joined Marc Van Ameringen (right) and members of GAIN senior management to officially cement the partnership. PSI particularly focuses on social marketing and behavior change communication. Their approach leverages private sector resources and utilizes private sector communication and delivery techniques.
“PSI’s approach to driving change in the field of nutrition aligns with GAIN’s own way of working,” said Marc Van Ameringen. “It makes this a natural partnership and one which can help both organizations really drive impact for nutrition.”
Activities related to the partnership are to be finalized.
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October 28, 2013 Eastern India is reeling from torrential rains after the worst cyclone in over a decade hit the eastern coast. Thousands are seeking shelter, and dozens of villages have been submerged under flooding: The downpour has seen rivers spill their banks in India’s eastern coastal states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, forcing thousands […]Read More
There are an estimated 94,000 people living with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) The WHO says that roughly one in five of those people are not receiving care.
In its latest report on the state of TB around the world, the WHO sounds the alarm on the issue of MDR TB spreading and the lack of action to address the problem. However, it is not all bad news.
“Nearly 20 years after the WHO declaration of TB as a global public health emergency, major progress has been made towards 2015 global targets set within the context of the Millennium Development Goals,” says the report.
Others are not so optimistic. ACTION’s Kolleen Bouchane recently wrote in the Huffington Post about the emerging crisis. She says progress has been sliding the past few years and the gaps are critical in terms of stopping the spread and progression of TB.
“We’ve reached a point where an ancient disease is outrunning our attempts to control it. Despite some visionary political commitments — such as recent U.S. and UK commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — ultimately, our global fight against TB is starved of political leadership and funding,” she writes.Read More
October 25, 2013 According to recent projections, it is estimated that foreign aid will increase this year, (thankfully) reversing a downward trend over the past two years. It may be due in part to a push my UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent efforts: Even if the UK does not reach its global aid goal, […]Read More
PSI CEO Karl Hofmann caught up with Devex while he was at CGI. He discussed the recent push for going local for aid projects and procurement. He expands by talking about how local ownership of aid projects is important and how the development sector can promote it. Watch below:
The growing emphasis of development effectiveness has pushed aid groups to “go local.” But like other processes, there’s no simple recipe to it.
“There’s a temptation to think there’s an easy shortcut to getting better at local ownership of development solutions,” Karl Hoffman, president and CEO of Population Services International, told Devex on the sidelines of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative in New York. “I think the reality is that it’s a long, hard and difficult road and we all make mistakes on that path, but there’s a strong consensus that we should all be on that same path now.”
October 24, 2013 Firefighters in New South Wales, Australia, have been battling a series of intense wildfires near Sydney, and they warn that weather conditions may make things worse. From CNN: Fitzsimmons reported 24 of the 66 active fires are uncontained and raging across a wide swath of Australia’s most populous state destroying at least […]Read More
The HPV vaccine has proved to be an invaluable development against the development of cervical cancer in women. It is already saving lives.
However vinegar, the same thing you find in your household pantry, is also vital to making sure that lives are not lost to cervical cancer. With just a simple swab of vinegar, a medical professional can detect whether or not a woman has cervical cancer. The immediate feedback, ease of use and cheap cost means that more women will be diagnosed earlier.
Lauren Bohn recently wrote about its impact on women in Zambia for The Daily Beast.
For the N’gombe health clinic’s community health-care manager, Ignicious Bulango, the method is indeed transformative, but the country still has a long way to go. “Cervical cancer, and cancer in general, isn’t necessarily on the radar like malaria and HIV/AIDS for the majority of Zambians and most of Africa, but we’re getting there,” he said. “It’s a process.”
October 23, 2013 Officials in Mexico are preparing for Hurricane Raymond by evacuating communities in western Mexico. From the BBC: Hundreds of people have been evacuated from coastal communities in western Mexico that could lay in the path of Hurricane Raymond. Raymond is currently stalled some 135km (85 miles) off Mexico’s Pacific coast and has […]Read More
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