Polio Outbreak in the Horn of Africa: The Red Crescent/Red Cross Key to Vaccinating Kids

Six years after Somalia's last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa. A total of 128 cases have been reported in Somalia, 13 in Kenya and one in Ethiopia. Yet because of careful planning and an aggressive, dedicated response by international organisations, national governments and local health workers and volunteers - the real heroes - we are on track to contain this outbreak and protect the outstanding progress we've made.

Preventing Child Trafficking in India

Something was not quite right about the little group that climbed onto the bus.

On their hour-and-a-half bus ride home to Udaipur, India, from the project office in a small village where they had spent that late-July day, Joseph Mathew and his colleague, Hemlata Verma, spotted the man and six children right away. The pair quickly realized they were likely looking at victims of child trafficking. Mathew, as coordinator for ChildFund India’s anti-trafficking project in Udaipur, lived and breathed the issue every day and knew the signs.

Weathering the Storm: Foreign Assistance in the 2014 Budget

One of the most important things Congress does each year is hash out a federal budget. It is never easy – and it is rarely pretty – but by October 1 the country should have a new spending plan that spells out how much funding will go to global health, education, humanitarian relief and other programs that I and so many other Americans care deeply about. 

Key word here? Should.

A Conversation on Local Ownership: The Who, the What, and the How

The terms “country ownership” and “local ownership” get bandied about quite a bit in the world of international development. With the launch of the USAID Forward reform effort, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has taken  laudable steps to ensure local governments, local civil society, and local people are not just recipients and implementers of U.S.-funded development programs but drivers behind it.

Using Maps for More Than Just Shipping

Walking around Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the months after the 2010 earthquake, I was confronted with a major challenge. How could InterAction, as the largest coalition of more than 180 U.S. humanitarian and international development non-profits, actually help coordinate the massive engagement of our member NGOs?

Response to Polio Outbreaks Shows Global Eradication Plan Is Working

Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area. While the outbreaks are undoubtedly a setback, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) had anticipated that sporadic cases would occur in vulnerable settings during the final push for polio eradication, and it's noteworthy that the situation has been met with one of the quickest and most effective emergency responses to date.


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