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MSH and the Population Council have published an assessment of the Scaling Up Family Planning Initiative, a DfID-funded project that ran in Zambia from 2012 to 2016. The assessment was conducted as part of USAID's Evidence Project.

Dr. Bruno Jeremiah sorts medicine at a medical store at Al Sabah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan.

Dr. Bruno Jeremiah, a pharmacist at Al Sabbah Children's Hospital in Juba, South Sudan, squats on the floor in his white coat. He selects small cartons of medicine to hand to his colleague, storekeeper Julius Leonardo. The South Sudan Ministry of Health's medicine supply system is kit-based, meaning that medicines are packed into kits for quarterly distribution to health facilities. Kits must be opened, sorted, and inventoried by a pharmacist or a trained health professional to ensure easy access, accurate documentation, and effective management.

No More Epidemics campaign director Frank Smith published a letter to the editor in Friday’s Washington Post. Regarding Jim Yong Kim’s July 1 Washington Forum commentary, “A plan to deal with the next pandemic”: The creation of the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility is exciting and will ensure a more effective response during pandemics. Yet why wait for the next pandemic to invest in responses to disease threats?

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