At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senate Foreign Relations Chair John Kerry (D-Mass.) “decried House GOP cuts to the [FY11] foreign affairs budget,” The Hill’s “On The Money” blog reports.Â Â “There is something about these cuts that does violence to the…
In her first public address since being tapped in January to serve as executive director of President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), Lois Quam on Tuesday said she’s been doing “a lot of listening” to officials at the State Department, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC and other agencies about the GHI. At a town-hall event hosted at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C., Quam reflected on U.S. contributions to global health successes and acknowledged that significant work remains for improving health worldwide.
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Sexual Violence Hinders Girls’ Education, UNESCO Report Says In its annual report on education, the U.N.Â Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlights howÂ sexual violence affects development issues, including girls’ education, the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports. According to UNESCO,Â “in 35 countries affected by conflict there are 28 million children out…
House, Senate Leaders Continue Negotiations On FY11 Budget; Global Health Advocates Protest Spending Cuts
Federal budget negotiations continued on Thursday, “as Senate Democrats looked for targets for cuts in the remaining months of fiscal 2011 and House Republicans appeared ready to unveil a stopgap plan that would make deep reductions over the next two weeks,” CQ reports.
New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheetÂ breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…
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.
Senate Majority Leader Will Attempt To Pass New One-Month Stopgap Measure To Avoid Government Shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Tuesday “he will attempt to pass a ‘clean’ one-month stopgap funding measure at current spending levels when the Senate returns next week, in a bid to avoid a government shutdown,” CQ reports.
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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,…
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.
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Ethiopian Government Says 2.8M EthiopiansÂ 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…