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News Outlets Summarize 2015’s Biggest Global Health, Development Stories, Look Ahead To 2016’s Leading Issues

The Guardian: 2015 in review: the year’s top development stories
“From the start, 2015 was billed as a crucial one for development: a year when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expired and their replacement — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — were adopted after three years of talks. While the politicking went on at the U.N., we reported on earthquakes in Nepal, escalating conflicts in South Sudan and Burundi, the refugee crisis, giant rats on a mission to rid the world of landmines, and countries emerging from Ebola…” (Ford, 12/30).

NPR: Global Health Forecast For 2016: Which Diseases Will Rise … Or Fall?
“…[A]s 2016 begins, readers might well wonder what biological culprits — parasites, bacteria, and viruses — are lurking out there, ready to unleash another outbreak of something terrible on an unsuspecting world. We put the question to four infectious disease experts: What are your best educated guesses about the big global health stories in 2016?…” (Brink, 1/4).

SciDev.Net: Our 10 most popular news stories of 2015
“Ingenious water treatment and hybrid African cars were among the highlights of our coverage of 2015. But climate change and environmental damage also caught the eyes of our readers. Based on the number of views each story received, here is the countdown of our top 10 news articles of the year…” (Vesper, 12/23).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Syria to South Sudan: aid groups list their top humanitarian concerns for 2016
“…In a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 15 of the world’s leading aid agencies, we asked them to name their top three humanitarian priorities for 2016. Not surprisingly, Syria topped the list of concerns. But what were the others?…” (Esslemont, 12/27).

U.N. Dispatch: 5 Under-the-Radar Stories that Will Drive the Global Agenda in 2016
“It may not make the front page of the New York Times, but behind-the-scenes these events, trends, and circumstances are sure to influence policymakers around the globe in 2016…” (Goldberg, 12/28).

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