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Britain To Cut Foreign Aid For 16 Countries, Focus More On Family Planning, Safe Water, Maternal Mortality

British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday announced major changes to the nation’s international aid program based on a nine-month review of the agency’s policies, Reuters reports. “This government is taking a radically different approach to aid. We want to be judged on our results, not on how much money we are spending,” Mitchell said of the changes to the aid program.

Also In Global Health News: Rights Abuses In Myanmar; Indian Malnutrition; Mali Global Fund Grant; Shift In USAID’s Programs In Afghanistan; Gates Foundation Grant For Vaccines

Human Rights Abuses Impacting Health Situation In Parts Of Myanmar, Study Says “Human rights abuses and counter-insurgency campaigns in Chin State, western Myanmar,” are negatively affecting the health situation of area residents, according to a recent PLoS Medicine study, IRIN reports. “The indirect health outcomes of the abuses likely dwarf the…

Recent Releases In Global Health

The following is a sampling of blog posts published this week marking International Women’s Day : PEPFAR’s Gender Challenge Fund:  At the Intersection of Gender and HIV (Goosby, 3/11). A Conversation in Afghanistan: Perspectives on International Women’s Day (Ehsaas, 3/9). The Best Investment in Global Women’s Health (Sturchio/Barnes, 3/8). Why…

Also In Global Health News: TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia; HIV Drug Development; Water Access In Angloa; Online Disease Tracking System; AIDS Deaths Fall In South Africa

IRIN/PlusNews Examines TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia IRIN/PlusNews reports on the severe HIV and tuberculosis drug stock-outs and rationing that has occurred in Zambia, which lost its funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria late last year. Lynn Tamba, TB program officer at the Christian Health Association…

Global Fund Taps Former HHS Sec., Former President Of Botswana To Lead External Investigation Of Its Financial Controls

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday named former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and former President of Botswana Festus Mogae to co-chair “an external review of its financial systems, amid heightened scrutiny from donors over misuse of some grants and a potential funding reduction from the U.S.,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In Zimbabwe; Illicit Drug Control, MDGs; Global Quinoa Demands Affect Bolivian Farmers; ARV Disruptions In Cote d’Ivoire

Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…

Keeping HIV Patients On ART Will Have Long-Term Economic Benefits, Study Shows

Investments to keep 3.5 million people living with HIV on antiretroviral drugs provided by programs co-financed through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through 2020 will cost an estimated $14.2 billion, but “the financial savings would amount to between $12 billion and $34 billion,” according to a study published in the journal PLoS One, Sarah Boseley reports in her “Global Health Blog” in the Guardian (10/5).