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Opinion: Factory farming is a global crisis. The next WHO director-general must address it.

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By Scott Weathers, Sophie Hermanns

More than 200 experts are calling on the next World Health Ogranization director-general to tackle the global crisis of factory farming. Two Harvard students explain why.


What we know as WHO heads into historic election

The World Health Organization is preparing to hold its first ever election to fill the post of director-general. With politicking still going on in earnest behind the scenes, the race is still anyone's to win. Devex lays out what we know so far about the candidates' prospects — and the challenges the eventual winner will face.


New drug industry alliance will tackle antibiotic resistance

A new industry alliance has been formed to accelerate progress towards curbing the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance which could see millions of people dying from common infections.


Trump doubles down on the 'global gag rule,' and the Philippines bucks EU aid: This week in development news

Trump expands the "global gag rule" to $8.8 billion in health funding, Yemen’s weary capital faces cholera, and the Philippines turns an angry shoulder on European aid. This week in development news.


Policies that promote healthy hearts

Treating cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest, fastest-growing burdens on national health care programs, prompting the World Health Organization to create a global action plan for the prevention and control of diseases that calls for a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from cardiovascular disease. Devex looks at key strategies that governments and policymakers can use to improve cardiovascular outcomes, including the best practice policies that governments can adopt to lower heart disease among their populations, and also where policy gaps remain.


In southern Philippines, a test for WHO's unconventional venture

At the launch of the World Health Organization's new country cooperation strategy with the Philippines in the city of Davao in Mindanao, a question emerged: Should the WHO shift its focus and boost its presence more locally?


Trump expands 'global gag rule,' targeting $8.8B in global health aid

The State Department announced Monday a revised and rebranded policy on reproductive health — "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" — which will affect all foreign NGOs.


Opinion: Eating for (global) health — whose responsibility is it?

Governments and the private sector can work together to strengthen global nutrition. CSIS Strategic Adviser on Food Security and Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition member Emmy Simmons explains.


3 tips for success in implementing global health projects

Steve Davis, president and chief executive officer of nonprofit organization PATH, talks to Devex about how to yield positive outcomes from global health projects, and shares his top tips for success.


5 ways to boost cooperation in global health

When it comes to tackling global health issues, collaboration around financing could be the key to making progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Devex spoke to key stakeholders at the G-20's global health innovation meeting last month to ask how that collaboration can be achieved.


Going for Goals: How to innovate on health sector financing

Despite major improvements in health outcomes over the past 30 years, we still have a long way to go. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will need considerable resources, which is why finding innovative financing methods will be critical to their success or failure. Devex examines some of the challenges and opportunities of different financing mechanisms — from public-private partnerships, to blended finance and impact investing.


West Africa Ebola vaccine trial aims to strengthen local health systems

A phase two clinical trial of Ebola vaccination candidates in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone aims to test children's reactions to the regimen, and to boost the very health systems that would need to deliver vaccination in the event of another pandemic.


Opinion: Rethinking immunization strategies to reach the urban poor

Traditional immunization schemes may not meet the needs of one of the world's fastest growing populations: The urban poor. Robert Steinglass, director of John Snow Inc.'s Immunization Center, and Craig Burgess, senior technical adviser, detail how and where rethinking is needed.


Q&A: Former MSF president on the WHO leadership race

The World Health Organization is preparing for new leadership. Unni Karunakara, a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières urges the incoming WHO director-general to refocus the organization's activities on its norm-setting mandate. He explains why in this Q&A with Devex.


A look back at the World Economic Forum on Africa

Against a backdrop of slowing economic growth, rising food insecurity and a demographic shift that could lead to greater instability in the region, the World Economic Forum on Africa gathered business, government and civil society leaders last week in Durban, South Africa. Here's what happened.


African countries to feel worst of US health aid cuts, report says

The Kaiser Family Foundation released its latest findings on the potential impact of the "global gag rule," showing that more than half of the countries that receive global health assistance from the United States permit abortions.


G20: Can the world's richest economies innovate for global health?

As the G-20 health ministers prepare to meet this month — the first gathering of its kind — Devex asks why the world's richest economies are taking a renewed interest in pandemic response, antimicrobial resistance and neglected poverty-related diseases, and what they can bring to the table.


Gates Foundation: Africa can tackle inequality via its own research

The Gates Foundation is at the World Economic Forum on Africa to lend its voice to the idea of reducing inequalities and to try to get African governments to invest more in research and development, Ayo Ajayi, the director of the foundation's Africa team, told Devex.


Opinion: Healthy citizens, healthy economies — 5 ways to leverage technology for inclusive growth

Studies show that there's a link between the health status of individuals and the economy they are subject to. BroadReach's Ernest Darkoh and John Sargent look at how technology can be used to achieve inclusive growth, improving both the health of citizens in developing countries and local economies.


Neglected tropical diseases: Funding the next stage of the fight

Neglected tropical diseases are one of the best buys in public health, experts say — but more domestic and better integrated financing is now needed.


Q&A: Abdelmoneim on how Ebola and armed conflict are changing MSF

As one of the most outspoken critics of the international Ebola response, Médecins Sans Frontières earned a newly influential voice in global health policy. Now, the organization is seeking to find the right balance between engagement and its tradition of fierce independence. MSF board member Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim reflects on the debate within MSF, lessons learned from Ebola, and how conflict is reshaping risk for medical workers.


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