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Congress Should Take The Lead In Foreign Aid Reform

Citing PEPFAR, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the President’s Malaria Initiative as pieces of the “remarkable success story” of U.S. foreign aid over the past decade, former Congress member and Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green writes in a post on the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s “ModernizeAid” blog, “While our budget…

U.S. Leading Fight Against NTDs

Bernard Pecoul, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and editor-in-chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, write in this PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog post that the first-ever neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) meeting of the International Society for Infectious…

Donors Need To Give More To Fight Hunger In East Africa

“[T]he problem is not just assessing the size of the current crisis” of drought and hunger in East Africa, “[i]t is also the fact that the droughts in this region have become an almost annual occurrence,” a Guardian editorial states.

Next Phase Of HIV Programming Must Focus On Sustainable Health Systems Response

“Now, we are in the Third-Generation of AIDS programming, in which the focus must be on a sustainable health systems response, especially in the countries most affected by HIV & AIDS,” Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of Management Sciences for Health, writes on the organization’s “Global Health Impact” blog. Quick…

Cash Incentives For Vaccination Are Ethical And Economical

Orin Levine, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center, and Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, in this CGD “Global Health Policy” blog post present their reasons as to why cash transfers for vaccinations are economically and ethically…

Different Hunger Calculation Approach Could Help Use Resources More Effectively

In a New York Times opinion piece, Robert Jensen, an associate professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Nolan Miller, a professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, suggest an alternate strategy for measuring hunger, called the “staple-calorie-share approach,” which “can give us a radically different view of who is hungry and who is not.”

Kenyan Government Should Do More To Address Alcohol As Public Health Issue

“Alcohol abuse is a mammoth public-health problem in Kenya, and the government needs to make drinking more economically painful,” Justin Martin, CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism at the University of Maine and a columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, writes in a Christian Science Monitor opinion piece. Martin notes that “[i]n rural Kenyan villages, it is not uncommon to see more pubs than schools or medical clinics.” He highlights a 2010 government effort to prohibit the sale of alcohol before 5p.m., but concludes, “A more effective measure, though, would be making Kenyan men pay more for their libations when they shuffle into pubs after quitting time” (7/11).

Factors Leading To Drought Are Varied

In addition to ecological influences, “[l]ong and recurrent conflicts, poor infrastructure, misguided policy options, weak market system[s] and seasonal migration patterns account [for] the ever-increasing drought problems” in the Horn of Africa, Abeje Chumo, an international law expert and editor of the Horn of Africa blog for the Foreign Policy…

Global Health Community Reacts To CIA’s Faux Vaccine Operation In Pakistan

After the Guardian broke the story that the CIA organized a fake vaccination program in Pakistan in an effort to confirm the location of Osama bin Laden and obtain DNA from his family members, several writers and health experts reacted to the situation, noting the possible implications for future health efforts.