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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Providing Aid Is Not An Overly Generous Act

Noting that aid “has mixed impacts,” Jonathan Glennie, a research fellow with the Overseas Development Institute, writes in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” that “there is one argument against aid that we need to tackle head on; the idea that we cannot afford aid, that we are being over-generous, especially in a time of cuts at home.”

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Respond To GAVI Pledging Conference

Editorials and opinion pieces are responding to the GAVI Alliance pledging conference, which raised $4.3 billion for childhood vaccinations. The following is a summary of some of those pieces: Financial Times: Boosting vaccines: The editorial calls on GAVI to review its governance and do more to help reduce the price…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How Foreign Policy Influences Health

In a BMJ analysis, Ilona Kickbusch of the Graduate Institute of International Studies’ Global Health Program, outlines four ways in which foreign policy and health can interact.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Development Through Foreign Aid Requires Global Cooperation

The GAVI Alliance pledging conference is “being seen as a litmus test of how well aid can survive in the age of austerity,” columnist Madeleine Bunting writes in a Guardian commentary, addressing how foreign aid is viewed as “soft power … [to] establish influence and spread values – which is often more useful than diplomacy or defence in a post-cold war world.”

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Now Is Not The Time To Give Up On Fighting AIDS

Accomplishing the targets set forth in the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS declaration “would cost billions more per year from all sources,” a New York Times editorial states, adding, “These are tough economic times. But there has been so much progress over the last decade, there can be no…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The U.S. Commitment To GAVI

In a post on the Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, CGD’s director of global health policy, discusses the U.S. pledge for the GAVI Alliance and outlines why providing $450 million over three years to GAVI “is both compassionate and cost-effective” (6/9).

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Perils Of Aid Group Overexaggeration

“The problem is that U.N. agencies, USAID, its European counterparts (90 percent of relief funding still comes from the OECD countries), and NGOs almost all think that to get attention for a given crisis, they must use apocalyptic language and err on the side of overestimating the death, damage, and displacement that has been caused,” author David Rieff writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. When organizations exaggerate, “they up the rhetorical ante that much more,” he writes, adding, “In the name of mobilizing compassion, we are raising the bar to impossible heights” (6/9).

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Huffington Post AIDS Commentaries

The Huffington Post has several commentaries about the 30th anniversary of AIDS and other issues surrounding the epidemic.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Obama Should Show Leadership On Food Security Issues

With food security issues at the heart of “hunger emergencies unfolding in Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, and other countries,” “President Obama now faces his most critical test when it comes to fighting hunger. He faces a threat that will derail many of his foreign policy objectives. Will he show leadership and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Press On With AIDS Research

“In an era of strained finances, it makes sense to invest in solutions that save money in the long run. HIV vaccine development fits that bill. As we mark the 30th anniversary of AIDS, there could be no better way to commemorate the occasion than to renew our commitment to its end,” Seth Berkeley, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, write in a CNN opinion piece (6/8).

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