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OPINION: Bipartisan Consensus On Medical Research

“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.

OPINION: U.S. Must Do More On Global Food Security

“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.

OPINION: Aid For Women Farmers Is A Worthy Investment

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.

U.S. Must Provide Ample Funding For GAVI

“Considering its wealth, the U.S. spends relatively little on humanitarian aid that can make an enormous difference in the lives of millions of people – and in the perception of the U.S. around the world. Nothing this nation could do with $450 million would surpass the good accomplished with a vaccination pledge to GAVI,” according to a Detroit Free Press editorial, which calls for President Barack Obama to provide $450 million over three years for the GAVI Alliance (6/1).

Integrate NTD, HIV, TB And Malaria Programs

In a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece, Peter Hotez of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and colleagues, including Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, outline how integrating treatment of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) into HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control efforts could speed up progress toward attaining the sixth Millennium Development Goal.

Food Security Should Be A Priority

“Any system that produces enough food for the entire world and yet fails to feed one in seven people, which is subject to rampant speculation and land-grabbing, and where crops and land that could be used to feed people are instead turned into fuel for Hummers, is patently not working,” a Guardian editorial says.

Political Engagement With China Influences Involvement In Health

After discussing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s decision to freeze grant payments to China, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes on the council’s “Asia Unbound” blog, “In order to encourage the participation of China’s civil society groups…

Budget Cuts Should Not Include U.S. Global AIDS Program

“Now is not the time for the United States – or any other country – to reduce spending on programs that deliver life-saving drugs at so tiny a cost,” a Des Moines Register editorial states, noting the relatively small cost of PEPFAR.

USAID Shares Priorities With Pakistan

Writing about the relationship between USAID and Pakistan on the agency’s “Impact blog”, J. Alexander Their, assistant to the administrator and director of the USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, states, “Our shared priorities in energy, economic growth, stabilization, health, and education are directed to addressing both short and…