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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.

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.”

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…

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).

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).

Huffington Post AIDS Commentaries

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

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…

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).

Global Fund’s Transparency Is Essential And Saves Lives

In the Huffington Post, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the Global Fund’s latest report on its investigation of its grants in Mali.

Cooperation Is Key To Finding Global Food Security

“We need a global approach to achieving food security,” Tom Daschle, former Senate majority leader and chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century, writes in a Politico opinion piece.