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NGOs Await U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are anxiously waiting for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments last week challenging a 2003 law that bars funding for groups working on HIV/AIDS prevention that do not have anti-prostitution policies,” The Lancet reports. “A range of groups including faith-based and conservative organizations…

Scientists, Global Health Advocates Call For Strengthening PEPFAR In Letter To Obama

“Three weeks after President Obamas budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 appeared, sustaining support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, while cutting funds to [PEPFAR], and hacking global TB funding, physicians, scientists, and global health advocates are weighing in,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

Experts Discuss IOM Evaluation Of PEPFAR At Panel Discussion Convened By KFF, CSIS

“Experts addressed the future of U.S. efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS abroad at a panel discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.,” GlobalPost reports. “Convened by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center, the event focused on the policy implications…

Further Cutting U.S. Foreign Aid Would Undermine America’s ‘Soft Power’

“America’s ability to protect itself and advance its global interests often depends as much on its ‘softer’ power as it does on our nation’s armed forces,” Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, write in a Politico opinion piece. “That…

Also In Global Health News: Ethiopia Food Aid; Male Circumcision Drive In Tanzania, Swaziland; Drugs For Developing Countries; Sexual Violence In DRC; HIV/AIDS In India; Peru’s Dengue Outbreak

Ethiopian Government Says 2.8M Ethiopians Need Emergency Food Aid “Ethiopia and the United Nations said on Monday 2.8 millions Ethiopians will need emergency food aid in 2011, and appealed for $227 million to fund programmes for the first six months,” Reuters reports (2/7). According to Bloomberg, a drought in the Somali…

USAID Administrator Discusses Global Health Programs At NIH Event

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Tuesday delivered a speech at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he reaffirmed President Barack Obama’s commitment to the 6-year $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) and discussed the USAID’s role in bolstering U.S. global health programs, CIDRAP News reports.

Also In Global Health News: Methadone Maintenance In Africa; Dengue Vaccine; HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Human Rights In Russia; Chevron, USAID $50M MOU

First Methadone Maintenance Program In Sub-Saharan Africa Opens Its Doors In Tanzania The New York Times examines “the first methadone maintenance program in sub-Saharan Africa,” which opened this month in a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with funding support from PEPFAR. “While heroin use is not common in Africa,…

House Republicans Drafting Two-Week Continuing Resolution With About $4B In Spending Cuts

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, House Republicans are drafting a new continuing resolution (CR) that will include some cuts to the federal budget, Republican leadership aides said on Wednesday, Roll Call reports (Stanton, 2/23). “The measure will contain about $4 billion in spending cuts and will merge cuts approved last week by the House and several taken from President Obama’s list of program terminations and savings,” National Journal writes. “The CR would extend government financing for two weeks” and the cuts “would be prorated to reflect” the reductions that were approved in last week’s CR. “In other words, the $4 billion in savings would be roughly equal to the cuts the CR called for if carried out for just two weeks,” the publication notes.

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