Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2013

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching, the global development organizations are synchronizing their efforts to report their achievements in development. In the context of MDG 4 which pertains to maternal, newborn child healthcare, the global partners, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank Group, and UN-DESA Population Division jointly released the Levels and […]

Undernutrition: An unfinished agenda

“Nutrition is crucial to both individual and national development. The evidence in the Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition furthers the evidence base that good nutrition is a fundamental driver of a wide range of developmental goals. “The post 2015 sustainable development agenda must put addressing all forms of malnutrition at the top of […]

The post-devolution family planning crisis

Pakistan is a country of 180+ million people, with a wavering economy of merely 3% GDP growth as compared to many Asian countries which are consistent at 7%. The political instability, war on terrorism, tense relations with the neighbors and dearth of macro and micro economic reforms have led the country into depths of poverty: economic […]

World Water Day: Interlacing of Water and Health

Water is the key element of life. For over a decade, March 22 has been marked as the World Water Day to high light the importance of fresh water and the importance of sustainable management this natural resource. Due to the uneven distribution of water, which is an undermining denominator of leading challenges including sanitation, […]

High Level Dialogue on Health in the Post 2015 Development Agenda

It was as if the High-Level Dialogue on Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda was convened in Botswana to make a point—a country, which uses diamonds for development. Through consistent economic policies, the country has developed its mining sector, which has generated the fiscal space for investments in public services, including health—a perfect example of inter-sectoral action, health in all policies, the […]

The Global Campaign for the Health MDGs: A revived effort to save the lives of women and children

Achieving the Health Millennium Development Goals is an increasingly daunting task, as the 2015 deadline creeps ever closer at a time of an overwhelming strain on the global economy. Whilst significant progress has been made, numerous developing countries continue to lag behind with regard to safeguarding the health of women and children. This is the […]

Universal health coverage and the post-2015 development agenda

Jeanette Vega, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director of Health, argued in an article last week for the inclusion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the development agenda, in order to enable health goals to be framed from a system perspective. The article, entitled ‘Universal health coverage: the post-2015 development agenda,’ was published in The Lancet. WHO […]

End of extreme poverty now in sight, says Save the Children report

A new report unveiled by Save the Children has come up with a strategic plan aimed at ending extreme poverty worldwide by 2030. Titled ‘Ending Poverty in Our Generation,’the document presents a development plan succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The organization has also urged the high-level panel, which has been appointed by the UN Secretary […]