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House Republicans Drafting Two-Week Continuing Resolution With About $4B In Spending Cuts

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, House Republicans are drafting a new continuing resolution (CR) that will include some cuts to the federal budget, Republican leadership aides said on Wednesday, Roll Call reports (Stanton, 2/23). “The measure will contain about $4 billion in spending cuts and will merge cuts approved last week by the House and several taken from President Obama’s list of program terminations and savings,” National Journal writes. “The CR would extend government financing for two weeks” and the cuts “would be prorated to reflect” the reductions that were approved in last week’s CR. “In other words, the $4 billion in savings would be roughly equal to the cuts the CR called for if carried out for just two weeks,” the publication notes.

Also In Global Health News: Integrating HIV, Maternal/Child Health; Food Shortages In N. Korea; Climate ‘Vulnerability Index’; Premature Infants In Bangladesh; Sanitation In Niger; Cholera In Ghana

IRIN/PlusNews Examines Efforts To Integrate HIV/AIDS Treatment And Maternal, Child Health Care IRIN/PlusNews examines Kenya’s efforts to integrate maternal and child health care and HIV/AIDS services as a way to ensure more pregnant women and mothers living with HIV/AIDS receive the treatment they need. The article describes the success of…

Former U.N. Secretary-General Annan Discusses Africa’s Agriculture Potential At IFAD Conference

Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general who now heads the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), discussed the possibilities for agriculture in Africa and called for reforms to improve farming on the continent in a speech given Saturday during the opening day of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) annual meeting in Rome, Italy, the Jakarta Post reports (Asrianti, 2/21).

New World Bank Strategy Shifts Focus To Building African Economies

A new World Bank plan for Africa aims to expand economies and increase job growth, “while also tackling problems of climate change, disease, food shortages and conflict,” Reuters reports (Wroughton, 3/3). The approach, which was endorsed by the bank’s board of executive directors on Tuesday, “shifts from a more general focus” aimed at improving economic stability and fundamentals to targeting “three key areas such as competitiveness and employment,” Xinhua writes (Mutai, 3/2).

Recent Releases In Global Health

The Importance Of Investing In Adolescent Girls: A Lancet editorial examines the challenges adolescent girls living in developing countries face and the work of the U.N. Adolescent Girls Task Force (UNAGTF) to help young women overcome these barriers. “This International Women’s Day, we recognise that investment in today’s population of…

IRIN Examines TB In Southern African Mines

Noting “South Africa’s gold mines are estimated to have the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, making the disease a leading export to neighboring countries,” IRIN examines “the declaration meant to change this situation.” The news service notes, “In August 2012, heads of state from the…

Somalia Aims To Provide Universal Basic Health Care By 2016

“Every Somali citizen will have access to basic health care by 2016 if a new, government-led strategic plan achieves its aims,” IRIN reports. The government launched the Health Sector Strategic Plans (HSSPs) for each of the country’s zones on March 21, marking “a move away from the emergency-level health provision that…

Bill Gates Reflects On Visit To Ghana To Learn About Immunization Program

“I arrive in Ghana today to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Ghana’s approach works so well for a few key reasons: Rigorous…

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