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Borgen Magazine: Four Companies in Developing Countries Contributing to the SDGs (Cade, 12/17). Devex: Q&A: The need for more early stage investment in RMNCAH solutions (12/18). Devex: Q&A: The value of the private sector in health system strengthening (12/18). Devex: If COVID-19 changes finance, will that help development funding? (Saldinger,…

4 Countries Close To Famine, Says U.N.

The Telegraph: Revealed: The four countries facing famine in 2020 “Millions in South Sudan are on the edge of starvation, the United Nations has warned, with ‘multiple famines looming’ in a number of other countries as well. Across the globe millions have been left starving as the devastating impact of…

COVAX Initiative To Provide Equitable Access To Vaccines Risks Failure, According To Internal Documents Citing Lack Of Funding, Supply Risks, Complex Agreements

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE — WHO vaccine scheme risks failure, leaving poor countries no COVID shots until 2024 “The global scheme to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a ‘very high’ risk of failure, potentially leaving nations home to billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late as…

E.U. Finalizes €500M In Grants, Loans For COVAX Advanced Market Commitment; U.K. Spending On Vaccines Reaches Nearly £12B; ACT Faces $28B Funding Shortfall, WHO Says

Devex: E.U. finalizes €500M boost for COVAX “The European Union signed over a promised €100 million ($122 million) grant and €400 million loan to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Tuesday, reinforcing efforts to ensure people in low- and middle-income countries have swift access to a COVID-19 vaccine. The money will be…

Media Outlets Examine Planetary Health, High-Level Efforts To Reflect Links Between Climate, Health, Human Progress In Global Development Discussions

Devex: UNDP to broaden human development assessment with planetary indicators “A new method of measuring human progress is underway, taking into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprints. Developed by the United Nations Development Programme, the recalibration of the Human Development Index to include planetary pressures will provide a…

UNFPA Appeals For $2.5B To Improve Reproductive Health, Prevent Maternal Deaths Globally

U.N. News: Avert ‘dire consequences’ for women’s health, UNFPA urges in appeal to prevent maternal deaths “The U.N. agency dedicated to improving reproductive and maternal health worldwide (UNFPA) appealed on Monday for $2.5 billion by 2030 to help avert potential ‘dire consequences’ surrounding pregnancies and maternal deaths. As the world…

WHO Investigating New Coronavirus Variant Detected In U.K.

Financial Times: U.K. warns of threat from new Covid-19 variant “A new variant of coronavirus has been identified in the U.K. that could be contributing to a rapid rise in infections in some parts of the country. Researchers were urgently investigating whether the new strain was more transmissible than previous…

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