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USAID Administrator Discusses Global Health Programs At NIH Event

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Tuesday delivered a speech at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he reaffirmed President Barack Obama’s commitment to the 6-year $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) and discussed the USAID’s role in bolstering U.S. global health programs, CIDRAP News reports.

Opinions: U.S. Foreign Aid; Lay Health Workers

U.S. Investment In Development Is Essential       “The international affairs budget does more than just keep our nation safe – it bolsters our economy by creating jobs here and developing markets for U.S. goods and services overseas. It makes sense: effective development brings stability, economic development and a demand for goods…

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…

Also In Global Health News: UNESCO Report; U.S. Aid Teams To Libyan Borders; Improving Hygiene, Sanitation In India; Health System Strengthening Grant In Uganda; Disaster Relief Water-Cleaning Technology

Sexual Violence Hinders Girls’ Education, UNESCO Report Says In its annual report on education, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlights how sexual violence affects development issues, including girls’ education, the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports. According to UNESCO, “in 35 countries affected by conflict there are 28 million children out…

Also In Global Health News: U.S. $12.6M Commitment To Cote d’Ivoire; Business Leaders Help Boost Women’s Equity; Ghana To Improve Rural Health; Rwandan Malaria Fight; HIV Clinic In Uganda Offers HPV Vaccine

U.S. Commits $12.6M In Emergency Aid To Cote d’Ivoire President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will “provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of … political unrest and violence” in Cote d’Ivoire, CNN.com reports (3/10). According to RTTNews, “[m]ore than 75,000 refugees…

Also In Global Health News: New GAVI CEO; U.S. Pledge To Expand African Health Workforce; International Drug Transfers; Humanitarian Situation In Cote d’Ivoire

GAVI Alliance Board Appoints IAVI Head Seth Berkley As New CEO The GAVI Alliance Board on Tuesday announced it has appointed Seth Berkley, founder, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), as the new CEO of the GAVI Alliance, Pharmabiz.com reports (3/9). “The GAVI Board is delighted to…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

Investing In Women Worldwide Promotes Development  Government and business leaders worldwide should “see investing in women as a strategy for job creation and economic growth,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in a Bloomberg Businessweek opinion piece, supporting her statement by noting “there are more than 200 million women entrepreneurs worldwide,”…

Protection Of Health Workers Necessary To Eradicate Polio

“The murders of charity and aid workers in Pakistan has dealt a devastating blow to a national campaign to wipe out polio and other deadly diseases,” a New York Times editorial states. “No one has claimed responsibility for the most recent attack, but suspicions point to the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups that have opposed the vaccination drives, calling them a cover for government or international spies, or part of a plot to sterilize Muslim children,” the editorial says.

Onset Of Winter, Lack Of Aid Workers Threaten Delivery Of Syrian Humanitarian Aid

Noting that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “estimates that 25 percent of Syria’s population needs humanitarian relief,” Rachel Brandenburg, a U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) program officer for the Middle East, writes in a USIP blog post, “Within Syria and around its borders, residents and those who’ve fled the fighting face dangerous shortages of food, fuel, medical supplies, and shelter.” She says the onset of winter will increase the need for shelter, clothing, and food. Brandenburg notes that two plans call for $1.5 billion in aid during the first half of 2013, but she adds aid workers are in short supply. “As of early December, only 20 international and 100 Syrian national WFP staff remained in-country to support an operation aimed at feeding 1.5 million Syrians,” she says (1/3).

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