It's quite ironic that on one hand there has never been such strong mobilization and acknowledgement of global health needs, and still, the funding and policies do not proportionately match the momentum or awareness.
With only five years to go until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poverty reduction agenda has been set back. All is not lost, however. Reducing poverty on a massive scale is doable.
In The Life You Can Save, the author asks -- if you see a child drowning and there is no one else around, would you wade in to save the child knowing that in doing so you will ruin your expensive shoes and be late for work?
With 1,500 dead, 20 million people displaced, and millions of hectares of agricultural land underwater, Pakistan would seem to have a solid claim on international support. So why is Pakistan having such trouble attracting support?
Fear continues to linger in Fayette, the village closest to the epicenter of the earthquake in Haiti. A visit from scientists who are doing more than passing through with their instruments would be appreciated.
Some aid projects have focused on restoring the country's forests, but few have tried to fix the generations of harm that has been done to Haiti's coral, its mangroves, its beaches and, most of all, its fish.
The task of restoring Haiti's countryside is extremely difficult and could even be impossible. But the restoration work for a healthy countryside would provide more food and jobs, and make flooding less severe.