Next week, donors come together in Oslo to look at four key areas needing attention in education, including the evolving influence of conflict on the sector. Contributing to the discussion, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report has released a new paper showing that 34 million children and adolescents are out of school in conflict-affected countries. The paper shows that $2.3 billion is required to place them in school and complete lower secondary education - ten times the amount that education is receiving from humanitarian aid right now.
On June 25 and 26, the European Council, consisting of Heads of State of European Union members met to discuss issues relating to migration, security and defence. However, as the European Union is coming out of the financial crisis and with the new ambitious development agenda taking shape, another issue that needs attention is the pledge 15 EU countries made 10 years ago to dedicate a share of their national income through aid to some of the poorest countries in the world.
How do the Sustainable Development Goals relate to existing national targets? ODI did a report, Mind the Gap, looking at national targets in 75 countries.
Many people in developing countries — up to 82 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa — seek healthcare and medicines from retail drug shops.
Since 2003, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided billions of US tax dollars to expand HIV treatment, care, and prevention programs, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Institute of Medicine, PEPFAR’s $54 billion authorization from 2003-2013 constitutes the “largest global health initiative focused on a single disease ever undertaken.” PEPFAR has generated significant health gains, sharply reducing HIV-related and all-cause mortality.
Over a month has passed since Ebola transmission ceased in Liberia. This hard-fought achievement is still being celebrated across the country, where nearly 11 000 people became infected with the virus and 4 800 died. Liberia is still urging communities not to let their guard down until Ebola is gone from the region and is working closely with WHO and other partners to keep Ebola from reemerging, especially in neighbouring countries.
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