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Vaccines in Times of Crisis

Terrorism, climate change, war and poverty are all high on the list of most significant threats to humanity. But their impact may be eclipsed by one threat that generally attracts far less attention. The next “Big One” may not refer to a bomb or natural disaster. Instead, a viral pandemic could potentially impact millions of lives across the world. The sudden spread of a deadly virus would create an urgent need for life-saving vaccines and treatments. Are we prepared to respond?

What President Trump's "Skinny Budget" Means for Achieving SDG5

In 2015, 193 nations (including the United States) adopted a set of 17 global goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Agenda 2030, that offers a comprehensive roadmap to end poverty and gender inequalities by 2030. By signing Agenda 2030, nations have, as members of the United Nations, committed themselves and their resources to implementing, tracking, and achieving these goals as a part of their national development and economic growth plans. Nevertheless, the U.S., under the leadership of President Trump, has made it clear that Agenda 2030 is not a priority.

Recent Executive Order Runs Counter to America's Values and Interests

Vivid stories and images of suffering and struggle from around the globe— Syria, North East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen along with families caught in the global migration crisis—are fueling compassion and a will to act among Americans. In response to the administration’s proposed budget cuts to USAID and the Department of State, we see renewed bipartisan support for development as a key aspect of U.S. foreign policy.

Gender Equality and the U.S. FY2018 Budget: What You Need to Know

It was predicted that the Trump administration would follow suit with previous Republican administrations and reinstate the “Global Gag” rule. Not only was the rule was reinstated within the first week of President Trump’s term, but the rule’s expansion to include all health assistance – a half-a-billion-dollars withholding from U.S. funding around the world – went beyond what most experts predicted.

Surviving Boko Haram

When Boko Haram attacked Hadje Malloum’s village in Chad and killed her husband, she managed to flee with their 11 children. Haoua Abdoulay was pregnant when Boko Haram forced her to leave home. She traveled by foot for 5 days. After arriving in a village called Kaya, Haoua gave birth to her sixth child.

Fisherman Moussa Mai left everything behind when Boko Haram attacked his village. He traveled 4 days by boat and arrived in Kaya with nothing but the clothes he was wearing.

Fleeing Boko Haram

It was November 2014, market day in Damasak, a trading town in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, and Moustapha Korimi was selling rice he had harvested from his farm. Suddenly, thousands of people were running by him, fleeing for their lives. Boko Haram had attacked. 

Welcome New InterAction Members

Welcoming new members to the growing InterAction community is the most rewarding aspect to the four staff representing the Membership & Standards team. We are now more than 180 members strong, representing development and humanitarian work across the globe, working on many of today’s most pressing issues. Our newest members add important fresh perspectives to our work - from protecting wild areas and the animals who call it home to supporting women in war-torn countries.

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