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Q&A: WHO candidate Sania Nishtar

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By Jenny Lei Ravelo

As Pakistan's candidate to lead the World Health Organization, Sania Nishtar tells Devex she will push transparency and accountability, just as she has in previous government and international roles.


Q&A: WHO candidate David Nabarro

As candidate for the World Health Organization director-general, Nabarro vows to make the case to donors that the agency is in every nation's national interest — and therefore worth funding more generously and flexibly.


Q&A: WHO candidate Philippe Douste-Blazy

Innovative finance can provide a toolkit for resolving the World Health Organization's financial woes, France's candidate for director-general tells Devex.


Q&A: WHO candidate Flavia Bustreo

The only candidate to come from within the World Health Organization, Italy's Bustreo tells Devex she would push hard for reform, effectiveness and independent evaluation as director-general.


Election sees WHO's future role in question

Whoever wins among six candidates for the director-generalship of the World Health Organization will have a consequential impact on the future of agency and of global public health itself. Candidates are promising leadership and bold change. But any reform will have to contest with a WHO's fraught budget, demanding member states and a stultifying bureaucracy. Devex takes an exclusive look at the stakes behind the vote.


4 major trends digital health needs to embrace in 2017 and beyond

Digital health will only succeed if it can embrace four major trends affecting health care provision in developing countries, including the changing roles of patients and health workers, systems thinking, and integration, according to Marc Mitchell, president of D-tree International.


In an apparent crackdown, Tanzania government raids NGO meeting on reproductive rights

A December raid appears to be in line with recent anti-LGBTI policies, sending a chill through the sector and jeopardizing treatments and access to care for key populations.


Opinion: Should the WHO split in two?

Would it make sense for WHO to create a second website devoted to topics on personal health and wellness, as opposed to the broader, and in many ways more serious, global health topics of its current site? Rick Lesaar explores both sides and argues that the WHO has an obligation to try new approaches and become more effective.


Classroom inventions that help save lives

Students at Duke and University of California Berkeley have developed lifesaving medical inventions, including a pouch that looks like a ketchup packet but actually stores antiretrovirals without refrigeration and a way to convert smartphones to microscopes so health care workers can diagnose diseases without traveling to a clinic.


Breast-feeding can combat climate change

Choosing breast-feeding over formula can help combat climate change. Devex spoke with David Clark, a nutrition specialist at UNICEF, who explained how.


Education Above All, Gavi reach underserved communities with education and immunization

Education Above All Foundation has partnered with Gavi to take education and immunization programs to vulnerable children in Africa and Asia. Devex spoke with Mary Pigozzi, executive director of Educate a Child, to gain more insight on how the cross-sectoral partnership would be sustained.


New WHO guidelines signal greater focus on antenatal care experience

One of the core recommendations of focused antenatal care for the last 15 years has been reworked in the World Health Organization's newly released guidelines. Devex caught up with the WHO's lead researcher and several maternal health experts to find out what it means for health programs and health workers.


Tanzania's new digital health road map has the government 'in the driver's seat'

The government of Tanzania recently announced a $74 million digital health road map for using data to transform health outcomes. Experts have heralded the road map as an example of a new way of doing digital health, which is country-owned and systemwide.


Opinion: Can the livestock sector find the elusive 'win-win' on drug resistance?

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals, especially livestock, has become a driving force for global health concerns by accelerating the resistance of disease-causing bacteria that also infect people. Delia Grace from International Livestock Research Institute explains why it's crucial to recognize regional variations in antibiotic use in animal health.


Lessons from Sri Lanka on malaria elimination

When Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free on Sept. 5, the country showed what's needed to eliminate malaria, the opportunities and challenges of malaria-free status, and the need for regional collaboration in order to achieve global malaria eradication.


How Facebook statuses informed the Zika response in Brazil

A partnership between UNICEF and Facebook is one of a growing number of examples of public private partnerships turning real time data into actionable insights to counter global epidemics.


What you need to know from the 2016 World Malaria Report

Access to key interventions have improved but gaps in coverage mean the disease burden remains significant. Progress could also be threatened by funding shortfalls.


USAID's plan to eliminate NTDs: What you need to know

The U.S. Agency for International Development recently launched a new five-year strategy to combat neglected tropical diseases. Devex spoke to Emily Wainwright, the head of NTDs at the aid agency, to find out more.


Q&A: What Washington state can teach DC about public health collaboration

Washington Global Health Alliance is connecting global health organizations in Seattle, and spreading the model elsewhere. Devex speaks with its founder Lisa Cohen.


Opinion: Using mobile tech to influence behavior and improve maternal health

We need to take a multifaceted approach to maternal health that addresses the underlying factors influencing a woman's decision and ability to seek care, including cost, education, partner involvement, and preparedness. Janet Aika Matemu and Lindsay Sanders from Jacaranda Health offer three insights on how to effectively use mobile health interventions.


Can this app help tackle the burden of diabetes?

Most diabetes apps track blood sugar levels, but a young digital health startup in Singapore has added human interaction and a dose of psychology in the hopes of improving diabetes self-management.


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