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Opinions: PR For U.S. Foreign Aid; African Food Security

U.S. Aid Doesn’t Need To Be Branded “Foreign aid is a much cheaper way of conducting a country’s foreign policy than the military – and in many cases it can be much more effective, too,” Reuters’ Felix Salmon writes on his blog. He notes a recent quote from Secretary of State…

MSF Calls For Donor Countries To Improve Food Aid Nutrition Standards On Eve Of World Food Day

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released a statement in advance of Saturday’s World Food Day saying that the “world’s biggest donors of food aid … continued to supply and fund nutritionally ‘substandard’ food to developing countries, despite scientific evidence showing it was of little value in reducing child malnutrition,” Reuters AlertNet reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…

To Reach MDGs, Citizens Must Demand More From Political Leaders, Former U.N. Secretary-General Tells U.N. Foundation Board Meeting

At a U.N. Foundation board meeting in Ghana to discuss Millennium Development Goal progress, which concluded on Saturday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “called on the citizenry to demand the attainment of these set goals from their political leaders,” the Accra Mail reports. “It is only through this that we can put pressure on the politician to work towards achieving these goals,” he said, according to the newpaper.

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR-Supported Programs In Uganda; Cholera In Nigeria; $275M For Jordan’s Water Supply; Recovered Global Fund Money In Uganda; Maternal Health In India; Malnutrition In Yemen

PEPFAR Awards $250M To Uganda For HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has provided “eleven new awards [which] amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years” to Uganda “in support” of the country’s HIV/AIDS response, a U.S. Mission press release states (10/21). Uganda’s…

News Outlets Report On Global Health-Related Events At World Economic Forum

News outlets summarize recent activity taking place at and on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. U.N. News Centre: At Davos Forum, Ban seeks business help to fight gender inequality, climate change, hunger “In a whirlwind of events at the World Economic Forum in Davos today…

USAID’s Nutrition Strategy Important For Ending Preventable Child Deaths

“USAID released a comprehensive Nutrition Strategy on their website for public comment on December 20, 2013. … USAID’s efforts to improve nutrition are critical to success of the U.S. government’s ability to advance global development, particularly in the areas of ending preventable child deaths, improving health, driving greater progress against…

Humanitarian Groups Aim To Deliver Aid In Syria

News outlets report on the state of humanitarian aid in Syria, where conflict began nearly four years ago. Devex: Syrian breakthrough? Aid convoy expected in Homs “Following moderately successful diplomatic efforts in Switzerland over the weekend, the Syrian city of Homs is expected to receive on Monday its first convoy…

Deutsche Welle Examines Africa’s Plan To Fight Hunger With Genetically Modified Crops

Deutsche Welle: Can genetically modified crops end hunger in Africa? “The U.N. estimates that 223 million people in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from malnutrition. … At an African Agriculture Conference in 2012, 24 African countries agreed to allow the use of genetically modified (GM) crops. But so far, commercial use of…