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In Testimony To U.S. House Subcommittee, Experts Express Concerns Over Proposed Cuts To Programs Providing East African Food, Humanitarian Assistance; Rep. Smith Pledges Continued Funding

VOA News: Experts Concerned by Potential Cuts to Lifesaving USAID Programs “A U.S. congressional committee heard complaints Tuesday that USAID programs are at risk of getting ‘slashed’ or ‘eliminated’ under the proposed budget from the White House, during a time when the threat of famine in East Africa is the…

Family Planning Should Remain Priority In West Africa To Avoid Future Security Issues, UNFPA Official Says In Devex Interview

Devex: Q&A: UNFPA West Africa director on the security benefits of family planning “…Places such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Senegal have seen an average two percent growth in contraceptive prevalence each year, [United Nations Population Fund West Africa Regional Director Mabingue Ngom] said. … However, 2015 United Nations research…

U.N. Declares Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII As Famine Threatens 4 Nations In Africa, Middle East, Trump Administration Proposes Cuts To Foreign Aid

Associated Press: Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid “The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its historic role…

U.S. Investments, Partnerships Helping Identify, Treat TB Cases Worldwide

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Tackling TB: How the U.S., the Global Fund, and PATH are Helping Wipe Out a 4,000-Year-Old Disease Elizabeth Holtan, digital communications manager for USGLC, writes, “The U.S. government is a leader in the global effort to fight TB, as well as in infectious diseases research. Addressing…

Coordinated Polio Immunization Campaign Underway In West, Central African Nations

Deutsche Welle: Fresh drive to rid Western Africa of polio “Polio eradication teams are preparing to vaccinate 116 million children in Western and Central African nations, especially Nigeria. … The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said Friday its teams were aiming to reach every child under five in 13 countries…

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