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January 6, 2012

Global Public Health

Will You Join Our Conversation on Women’s and Children’s Health?: Melinda Gates is headed to Bangladesh in the New Year to investigate maternal and fetal health interventions, and will be answering questions with Nicholas Kristof on his blog. You can send your questions here.

Effectiveness of an integrated approach to reduce perinatal mortality: recent experiences from Matlab, Bangladesh: An integrated approach to delivering evidence based interventions to pregnant mothers and newborns can lead to decreased perinatal death rates.


U.S. Education

Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain: Long term effects of teacher quality (as measured by value added test scores) are even bigger than previously thought.

The Central Falls Success: Uplifting story about a collaboration between a charter school and small Rhode Island district leading to “dramatic improvements in the reading scores of the public schoolchildren from kindergarten to grade 2.”

Out-of-School Time Drawing Girls Into STEM: Several programs are encouraging girls’ interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—subjects.  Several of the foundations mentioned in the article are also involved 100Kin10, a new multi-partner campaign to improve the recruitment, training, and retention of STEM teachers.  Partners in 100Kin10 include several organizations profiled by CHIP.


Hunger Issues

Food Banks See Drop In Donations: From Tell Me More, a piece on the drop in donations to food banks and the challenges that presents as the banks continue with their missions of getting food to people who need it.

The Best Way to Fight Hunger: In a Philadelphia Inquirer Letter to the Editor, Bill Clark, Executive Director of Philabundance, writes about the continued need for both monetary donations and food donations to food banks to offset the increase in people seeking food assistance.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2012 10:26 am

    I agree with your piece on Hunger Issues. we have been running food surveys and we are also finding a drop in donations in food banks. Thanks for the information…

  2. January 13, 2012 11:50 am

    Regarding ‘The Best Way to Fight Hunger,’ I would greatly appreciate a follow-up piece. Those of us who have coordinated collection drives and the like already know that both monetary and physical donations (in addition to manpower), are necessary for any successful campaign. While this article is informative, I would like to know how to encourage donations in our present economy. Also, the author should have mentioned additional potential sources of acquiring goods. NPO’s should be willing to approach restaurants, grocery chains, etc and ask for surplus, non-damaged goods.

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