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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Have Scientists Thoroughly Addressed Avian Flu Research Concerns?

Noting that researchers recently lifted a nearly yearlong moratorium on H5N1 avian influenza research, put in place “because of safety and terrorism concerns,” a New York Times editorial states, “We wish we could be as sanguine as they are that all the earlier concerns have been dealt with.” The editorial…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Polio Eradication Must Fit Into Larger Public Health, Development Goals

“The tragic murders of nine anti-polio workers in Pakistan last month, followed by the New Year’s Day killing of seven more local community development workers, was both a wake-up call to the global polio eradication effort in its current form, and a ‘canary in the mine’ regarding the deteriorating state…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Opinion Pieces Address Launch Of ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups on Wednesday launched the IF campaign, aimed at addressing global hunger. The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in response to the campaign’s launch. Jon Ashworth, Huffington Post U.K.’s “Politics” blog: “Significantly, this campaign — ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ –…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Outgoing Secretary Of State Clinton Should Recommend Making USAID A ‘Quasi-Independent Agency’

“As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has been a visible and vocal champion of development … [b]ut her promise to make the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID] the premier development agency in the world remains a promise in progress,” Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, writes…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Obama Should ‘Cement His Legacy On Global Development’ In Second Term

President Obama “has made some good headway [on foreign aid] in his first term, producing the government’s first global development policy and an innovative new policy on disaster resilience, launching new efforts to combat global hunger, supporting reforms to the U.S. Agency for International Development and committing to greater aid…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…

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International Community Must Harness Funds Needed To Control Infectious Diseases

“I think the most special thing about our current time is the incredible opportunity that scientific advances have provided in the field of global health, giving us the ability to completely control highly dangerous infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Commentaries Examine Aid Community’s Expectations As President Obama Begins Second Term

Noting “Barack Obama’s second term as president of the United States officially began on Sunday,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog highlights “a series of guest commentary by non-profit leaders” that examine what the aid community expects from Obama in the next four years. According to the blog, the commentaries touch “on…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Do Not ‘Give Up’ On Successful Anti-Hunger Initiatives

“As an anti-hunger advocate, … I am hopeful about the global change that President Obama could make in his second term, especially when it comes to reducing poverty, but I worry Congress might toss the hungry off the fiscal cliff,” Katie Campbell, senior policy analyst with ActionAid U.S., writes in…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Ban On Thiomersal In Vaccines Would Harm Global Immunization Efforts

“Government representatives are meeting in Geneva this week to decide whether to introduce a global ban on mercury that could include thiomersal, a mercury-based preservative that has been used in some vaccine manufacturing since the 1930s to prevent bacterial or fungal contamination of multidose vials of vaccine,” Seth Berkley, a…

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