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Editorial, Opinion Piece Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of an editorial and an opinion piece addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. The Economist: “Since America began donating surplus wheat, corn meal, vegetable oil and other farm commodities to the world’s hungry six…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of an editorial, opinion pieces, and a blog post addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. New York Times: “Since the mid-1950s, the United States has spent nearly $2 billion annually to feed the world’s…

Congress Should Maintain Support Of Global Health Programs ‘Despite Fiscal Challenges’

“U.S. support for global health has had a major impact around the world, particularly our contributions to fighting malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and…

Opinion Pieces Address World Malaria Day

On Thursday, the international community recognized World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme was “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Forbes/Skoll World Forum: “In a world where there are more…

Providing Commodities Not Always Best Solution In Food Security Crises

In a New York Times “Opinionator” piece, journalist Tina Rosenberg examines the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program, which would provide more flexibility to allow for cash purchases of food locally or from U.S. farmers, as well as end monetization. In addition, the proposal “is planning…

DKT Ethiopia Using GIS Technology To Improve Family Planning, HIV Prevention Programs

“In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, writes in…

Opinion Pieces Published in Recognition Of World Malaria Day

Wednesday is World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme is “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Financial Times: “We have witnessed with malaria that a great deal can occur in…

Nature Editorial, Opinion Piece Address H7N9 Virus

The journal Nature published an editorial and opinion piece on the emergence of the H7N9 avian influenza strain. Editorial: “China deserves credit for its rapid response to the outbreaks of H7N9 avian influenza, and its early openness in the reporting and sharing of data,” the editorial states. Unlike its response…

Sustained Funding For Malaria Efforts Needed To Maintain Momentum

“When in the year 2000 African leaders first decided to put a Malaria Day on the calendar of the world, the ravages of malaria were barely visible to global decision-makers in prosperous countries,” Fatoumata Nafo-Traor, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and a former minister of health…