Elizabeth Dickinson is associate editor at Devex. Based in the Middle East, she has previously served as Gulf correspondent for The National, assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy, and Nigeria correspondent at The Economist. Her writing also appeared in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico Magazine, and Newsweek, among others.
Three decades after it began, the campaign to end Guinea worm disease is reaching its last mile, with just 25 cases so far this year. Frontline workers told Devex how they did it, from village to village.
The World Health Organization's regional director for Africa described how the organization is already rethinking its staff, structure, and modus operandi for a more active field presence, despite calls from donors to stick a more traditional guideline-setting role.
A new joint fund puts river blindness and lymphatic filariasis on the docket for the next diseases the would could eliminate. The Carter Center's director for river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, and malaria programs told Devex what a successful intervention could look like, and how it could be a treatment game changer.
The Gulf countries and China are home to some of the largest pools of untapped philanthropic and donor potential in the fight for global health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CSO Mark Suzman tells Devex.
Abu Dhabi's crown prince and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched a new $100 million Reaching the Last Mile Fund to eradicate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis in key countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Emerging market fund managers and development officials were among the 3,500 guests who came to Riyadh this week to find out what opportunities Saudi Arabia's newly launched sovereign wealth fund could offer for the continent. Michelle Essomé, CEO of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, tells Devex how the continent can find new opportunities for impact.
African investors, businessmen, and entrepreneurs joined the launch event for Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund seeking opportunities and ways to attract new Gulf investment for the continent's development.