Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) write in a Huffington Post opinion piece that the “increasing gravity of the situation” of internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Haiti “requires an urgent response. This is why we and 50 other members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking the U.S. administration to ‘take decisive action’ and ‘work with the incoming government of Haiti and the international community to ensure that the rights and vital needs of IDP communities are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. … In short, an already intolerable situation is about to get worse. Swift, efficient action is needed if we are to avoid another full-fledged humanitarian crisis” (5/17).
“[F]inally, we’re getting some reliable data suggesting how to” help people in developing countries because of economists, who “provide answers that are rigorously field-tested, akin to the way drugs are tested in randomized controlled trials, yielding results that are particularly credible and persuasive,” Nicholas Kristof writes in his New York…
A recent study showing a “near-perfect way to halt sexual transmission of the AIDS virus has the potential to change the way international agencies and nations cope with the epidemic. But that can only happen if troubling issues of cost and practicality can be surmounted,” a New York Times editorial says.
In the Wall Street Journal, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, applauds economist Charles Kenny’s book, “Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding â€“ and How We Can Improve the World Even More.” He says Kenny “shines a light on the real successes of aid, and he shows us the benefits that additional smart investment can bring.”
Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET,Â NIH will webcast liveÂ aÂ presentation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), titled “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey.” June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first cases of…
“As we work to develop solutions to the challenge of global food security, it’s essential that we focus on results-driven development in both the public and private sectors,” Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., and chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Business Advisory Council, writes on The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”
“I am glad to see that U.S. research universities, too, now all seem to boast programs in global health. But claiming to have programs in global health is not the same thing as creating programs that can make a difference to populations facing poverty and ill health,” Paul Farmer, chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and founding director of Partners In Health, writes in the Harvard Crimson.
“Good health makes good politics,” Michael Castle, a former Republican Congressman from Delaware, and Kaitlin Christenson, director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, write in a Roll Call opinion piece that makes the case for widespread support for medical research that aims to improve global health.
“Washington cannot allow food insecurity to exacerbate instability in already volatile regions. We are not doing all that must be done,” Catherine Bertini, a former executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, and Dan Glickman, a former agriculture secretary, write in Politico.
In a piece on The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Eva Clayton, a former Democratic member of Congress from North Carolina and assistant director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization between 2003 and 2006, calls on the World Bank to invest more in women farmers in the developing world, after the agency “largely ignored the role women and small entrepreneurs can play in the developing world to improve food security” at an April 2011 meeting.