Malia Politzer


Malia Politzer is an award-winning long-form journalist who specializes in international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting. She recently completed a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs in India and Spain. For three years, she worked as a feature-writer at Mint, India’s second-largest financial newspaper, where she wrote about international development, strategic philanthropy and impact investing. She holds an M.S. journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism, and a B.A. from Hampshire College.

Latest Articles

How Colombia battled big tobacco and won
20 Sep 2018

Taxes on unhealthy products is one of the most effective "best buys" advocated by WHO to reduce noncommunicable diseases' risk factors. Successful implementation is still a major challenge — particularly for low- and middle-income countries. Devex looks at the key hurdles and strategies for success.

What about women? The case for gendered NCD policies
13 Sep 2018

While both men and women can be affected by NCDs, they have different levels of exposure and vulnerability to risk factors. Women are less likely to be diagnosed early with certain NCDs, and nearly 45 percent of 140 sampled global health organizations make no specific commitment to gender equity. Devex looks at why it’s vital that effective NCD policies take gender into account.

Q&A: How to work with indigenous communities and conserve the environment
6 Sep 2018

A new report from the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples reveals a radical increase in violent attacks, human rights abuses, criminalization, and threats against indigenous peoples and local communities globally. Devex spoke to Yator Kiptum, executive director of the community-based Sengwer Indigenous People’s Programme, about what measures the international community should adopt to avoid this happening in future.

Doing it for the kids: Engaging youth to help lift burden of NCDs
10 Aug 2018

Many of the risky behaviors leading to noncommunicable diseases later in life begin during childhood or adolescence. Targeting youth is therefore critical to reducing the growing NCD burden worldwide. In advance of International Youth Day, Devex looks at some of the interventions that work, and big challenges that still remain.

How to combat NCDs? Take a sector-wide approach
29 May 2018

Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for 70 percent of global deaths — 80 percent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. While reducing NCDs is possible, it will require targeted and strategic action by many different stakeholders. Identifying the most impactful and strategic interventions, dividing tasks according to stakeholder expertise, communicating, and working collaboratively across sectors are key to success.

Working toward global health security: Strategies and challenges
23 Oct 2017

While globalization is a boon to business and economic growth, it also means that diseases have the potential to travel quickly and unpredictably, making global health security more important than ever before. Devex looks at some of the challenges and strategies that different stakeholders are using to improve health security worldwide.

Q&A: How can we provide UHC amid disaster?
25 Sep 2017

When disaster strikes or conflict rages, the challenge of providing health care gets ever harder and more complex. Speaking to Devex, Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, explains that when it comes to universal health coverage, it’s important to talk about those living in fragile settings, and to ask how health care can still be delivered in the most difficult circumstances.

How to achieve universal health coverage? Focus on primary care
11 Sep 2017

How do we ensure that people worldwide get the care they need without the risk of being pushed further into poverty? Achieving universal health coverage will need collaboration, innovation, investment and partnerships. Devex examines some of the challenges in working toward health care access for all and explores the solutions.

Policies that promote healthy hearts
18 May 2017

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.

Going for Goals: How to innovate on health sector financing
15 May 2017

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.