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Also In Global Health News: Urban Development Legislation; U.S. Military Program For Afghan Farmers; Malawi Gay Conviction; Liberian Agriculture; Costs Of HIV/AIDS Care

IRIN Reports On U.S. Legislation Aimed At Better Addressing Urban Development Worldwide “The Sustainable Urban Development Act of 2010 – introduced by Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Dick Durban (D-Illinois), and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) on 20 April – directs USAID to better tackle the problems of enlarging slums, increasing levels of…

USAID’s Shah On Six-Day Visit To Africa

“[O]n his first visit to Africa since taking charge as the administrator of USAID in January,” Rajiv Shah said in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday that the agency “is working to make Africa a bigger priority within the organization,” the Associated Press writes. USAID, which “funds and runs programs to improve health, food security, democracy and entrepreneurship in Africa,” has offices in 23 countries on the continent, according to the AP (5/15).

Media Line/All Headline News Examine Agriculture Investment Gap In Middle East

“Arab countries need to invest some $144 billion in agriculture over the next 20 years to meet the food demands of the growing population, an Arab agricultural organization has said,” the Media Line/All Headline News reports in a piece that examines the contributing factors to gaps in food security in the region.

Also In Global Health News: Aid, Polio In Pakistan; Abortion In Africa; NGO Licenses; India’s Maternal Mortality Rates; HIV/AIDS In Philippines; MDGs

U.S. Aid To Pakistan; Anti-Polio Efforts Politico examines the debate over how the U.S. should spend its aid to Pakistan, which has “new urgency after the Times Square car bomb attempt May 1.” According to Politico, “[m]ajor U.S. investments are now envisioned in energy, agriculture and education. The article looks…

Opinions: Abortion In Canada’s G8 Initiative; Security Of Afghan Women; U.S. Global Development Strategy; Mother’s Day; U.S. Food Security Initiative; Polio Eradication

Abortions Are ‘One Small Chunk Of Bigger Puzzle’ For Improving Maternal, Child Health National Post columnist Jonathan Kay examines the ongoing debate over whether Canada’s G8 child and maternal health initiative should include abortions, which according to a 2006 Oxford University Press-World Bank report, are “one small chunk of a…

African Countries Meet In Brazil To Discuss Food Security

Representatives from African countries kicked-off a meeting about food security on Monday in Brazil, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports. The meeting is part of a series of Brazilian initiatives, which aim to stregnthen ties between the country and Africa and help the continent expand its agricultural capabilities (5/11).

U.S., Haitian Partners Meet To Discuss Elections As Haitian Parliamentary Terms Expire

In an article examining elections in Haiti and their impact on the country’s recovery from the January 12 earthquake, the Miami Herald writes that Canada, the U.S., the Organization of American States, the U.N. and other partners have “dispatched top lieutenants [to Port-au-Prince] for a Monday meeting” with President Rene Preval to discuss elections.

Women’s Empowerment, Regional Integration, Malaria Prevention Discussed At WEF On Africa

On the second day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Graca Machel, founder and president of the Foundation for Community Development, called on African governments to implement strategies aimed at empowering women in order to accelerate the continent’s social and economic development, Tanzania Daily News/allAfrica.com reports.