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Wall Street Journal Examines Polio Vaccinations In Afghanistan

In a story about polio vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal examines how the Taliban and international health agencies are working together to promote oral vaccination campaigns across the country. Vaccination campaign volunteers usually bring a “single-page letter requesting people to cooperate, ‘for the benefit of our next generations.’ The letter’s signatory: Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed supreme leader of the Taliban,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Shah Sworn In As USAID Administrator

On Thursday, Rajiv Shah was sworn in as USAID administrator at an official ceremony in Washington, D.C., Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports. “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed overwhelming praise and relief before swearing in Shah,” according to the blog, which noted that Clinton’s remarks provided some “insider details” about Shah.

UAE Hosts Five-Day Global Health Conference

Public health experts and researchers from around the world gathered on Monday for a five-day conference at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al Ain, UAE, to discuss the role of the Middle East in tackling global health issues, AMEinfo.com reports.

Also In Global Health News: Sleeping Sickness; Aid For Philippines; U.S., China In Africa; Polio Eradication In Afghanistan; Ethiopia Famine

Lancet Infectious Diseases Examines Hold-Ups In Implementation Of Sleeping Sickness Therapy Lancet Infectious Diseases Newsdesk examines how despite evidence that a new therapy to treat sleeping sickness, called nifurtimox—eflornithine (NECT) is a step forward in treating the disease, it has yet to be implemented by countries “13 months after data…

Los Angeles Times Examines Health Care In Sierra Leone

The Los Angeles Times writes: “Sierra Leone is one of those nations where decades of foreign aid have failed to appreciably lift the fortunes of the people. The country is a charity case: 60% of its public spending comes from foreign governments and nonprofit organizations. Since 2002, it has received more than $1 billion in aid,” the newspaper writes.

Christian Science Monitor Examines Focus On Combatting Hunger

The Christian Science Monitor looks at one idea about why hunger is receiving a lot of attention in the international arena. Kanayo Nwanze, the Kenyan “who recently became president of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says globalization has made the hunger and rural poverty that always pulled on the heartstrings an international security issue,” according to the publication.

Washington Independent Examines QDDR Process, Implications For State Dept., USAID

The Washington Independent examines the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, or QDDR, announced in June by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the State Department’s director of policy planning; James Michael, a senior USAID official; and Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew are “in charge of creating the document — a process of managing five working groups chaired by top-level agency heads to produce an interim report in January and a final document by next September.”

USDA To Have ‘Important But Modest Role’ In U.S. Global Agriculture Initiative, Undersecretary Says

As U.S. plans to fight world hunger take shape, the USDA is gearing up for an “important but modest role,” in which the agency will follow directions from the State Department and developing countries, Rajiv Shah, undersecretary in charge of the USDA’s research arm, said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Shah said, “We’re really saying this starts with (developing) countries doing their own work about identifying plans and priorities,” adding that USDA will then work “under the leadership of the State Department to help fill those gaps.”