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July 26, 2017

How Significant Were the Pledges at the London Family Planning Summit? (Devex)

From the article:

Advocates have welcomed the news that an estimated $5 billion was pledged to improve and expand reproductive health services in developing countries at the London Family Planning Summit earlier this month — double the figure cited in initial reports — but say it still falls far short of the sums needed, and that better monitoring systems are required to ensure the commitments materialize...

Rachel Silverman, assistant director of global health policy at the Washington, D.C.- based Center for Global Development, also applauded “notable” commitments from India, which committed to spend an additional $1 billion by 2020 and increase modern contraceptive usage from 53.1 percent  to 54.3 percent, and satisfy 74 percent of the demand by 2020.

“We see three countries making up the bulk of the $4 billion — that’s great for those countries but it skews the [perception of] overall momentum,” she said.

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July 14, 2017

Blog Posts Highlight Pledges Made At London Family Planning Summit, Next Steps For Donors (Kaiser Family Foundation)

From the article:

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Family Planning Summit Raises Much-Needed Funds. Now It’s Time for Donors to Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real.

Rachel Silverman, senior policy analyst with CGD, discusses her attendance at this week’s London Family Planning Summit, writing, “With significant new money raised for the cause — an important accomplishment given the uncertainty around sustained U.S. funding and the reinstatement of the Mexico City policy — it’s now time for donors to get serious about optimizing the efficiency, impact, and sustainability of family planning programs.” Silverman highlights a CGD report published last year that provides “recommendations for donors to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of their investments” (7/13).

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July 7, 2017

Beyoncé Has A Plan To Help Burundi, But Key Details Are Fuzzy (NPR Goats and Soda)

From the article:

Last week, Beyonce broke a year-long hiatus from tweeting by announcing a new initiative, BeyGood4Burundi — a partnership between her charitable foundation and UNICEF.

"Mothers in Burundi want to provide clean, safe water for their children. Let's help them, together," she wrote on June 30.

That single tweet raises some critical questions that often come up when a celebrity chooses to throw their star power behind a cause. Unfortunately, only some of them seem to have answers. Among the questions: How strong is her connection to Burundi? How much money is she giving? And is this effort promoting her own brand as well?


Will Beyonce's high profile mean that resources will be diverted from other equally deserving causes? Stern doesn't worry.

"There isn't a competition over which one is most in need or most worthy or most exciting," she says. "Every time we have the opportunity to work with anyone who shares that passion for children and helps us save the lives of children, it's a bonus."

Rachel Silverman, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Global Development, a think tank in Washington, D.C., agrees: "Focusing on Burundi — and on sanitation specifically — is likely to [raise] the profile of this issue on the international stage."

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May 24, 2017

Trump’s budget eliminates US funding for global family planning and famine relief (Vox)

From the article:

If Congress were to agree to those cuts (and that’s a big if), advocates say the global impact of America’s abrupt departure from world health and disaster relief would be immediate — and devastating.

“The family planning elimination is the headline here,” said Rachel Silverman, a senior policy analyst on global health at the Center for Global Development. “It will have the most impact on people’s lives.”


Silverman noted that there’s a “dissonance” between White House messages on women and families. Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, has claimed to be championing the idea of women’e economic empowerment. That sort of program, Silverman says, would be completely undermined by stripping global family planning from the budget.

“There is a lot of evidence that family planning contributes to women’s empowerment,” says Silverman, ticking off a list of things that planning, delaying, and spacing pregnancies allow women to do — like receiving an education, or even simply advancing at work. “When women have control over fertility, they have control over their lives.”

Silverman points out that USAID directly funds 28 percent of contraceptives and distribution in the developing world.

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November 10, 2014

Healthy Means Hospitals, Too (Devex)

From the article

Every day, patients across all nationalities and socioeconomic strata put their trust in hospitals to deliver a happy and healthy baby, a fighting chance against cancer, or a comfortable and respectful place to spend one’s last days with family and friends.

But too often, hospitals in low- and middle-income countries are failing to make good on those promises, and their deficiencies are jeopardizing the global movement for universal health coverage.

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