Published on September 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM
"Yet notwithstanding the compelling evidence, development assistance is under threat, and it could not come at a more critical time," Kean and Chambers write, noting the U.N. General Assembly is meeting this week and will assess efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). "While American assistance has certainly played a catalytic role in" helping to reach those goals, even more impressive is the collaborative global model that has developed," they state, noting efforts such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as the declining costs of health interventions and the involvement of emerging economies. "[T]he MDG Health Alliance, in partnership with key U.N. organizations, is leading the charge for a final 'Big Push' to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015," Kean and Chambers write, adding, "Funding is at the foundation of our effort, and it is only by securing sufficient resources that we can hope to strengthen our international relationships and improve lives on such a massive scale" (9/20).
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