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Also In Global Health News: Political Uprisings Could Help Arab Women; Parents Of HIV-Positive Libyan Children Speak; Scientific Commission For Global Food Security; Laura Bush On Foreign Aid Cuts; FDA Approves HIV/AIDS Drug For Kids

Political Uprisings in North Africa Could Help Women Gain Political, Economic Rights Bloomberg News/Boston Globe examines how the recent political uprisings in Egypt and neighboring countries could lead to new opportunities for women in the region. The article describes the challenges Arab women in the countries face, as documented in…

Recent Releases In Global Health

The following is a sampling of blog posts published this week marking International Women’s Day : PEPFAR’s Gender Challenge Fund:  At the Intersection of Gender and HIV (Goosby, 3/11). A Conversation in Afghanistan: Perspectives on International Women’s Day (Ehsaas, 3/9). The Best Investment in Global Women’s Health (Sturchio/Barnes, 3/8). Why…

FAO Head Highlights Food Security Concerns, Need For More Agriculture Investment

Rising oil prices and the recent drawdown in global cereal stocks could lead to a supply crisis and raise the risk of food riots in developing countries similar to those that occurred between 2007 and 2008, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General Jacques Diouf said in an interview with Reuters on Monday.

GSK Partners With NGOs To Support Health Care Workers In LDCs

Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports that GlaxoSmithKline announced Tuesday it has partnered with three non-governmental organizations to address the shortage of primary health care providers in least developed countries (LDCs).

OPINION: Global Food Security Requires ‘Results-Driven Development’ Approach

“As we work to develop solutions to the challenge of global food security, it’s essential that we focus on results-driven development in both the public and private sectors,” Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., and chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Business Advisory Council, writes on The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”

Appointment Of Drug Company To GAVI Board Draws Criticism From NGOs

The appointment of Dutch pharmaceutical company Crucell, recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson, to the board of the GAVI Alliance is “sparking concerns over conflicts of interest and demands for tougher competition to reduce prices,” the Financial Times reports.

Examining Role Of Public-Private Partnerships In Health, Development

Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpeigo, discusses public-private partnerships in the InterAction blog. “The Obama administration has recognized the importance of these relationships in the past, and we applaud any effort by the president to incentivize programming that brings together the best of the public and private sectors and…

Blog Reports On PPP Aimed At Improving Health Status Of Poorest Central Americans, Mexicans

“At the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) recent annual meeting in Panama, the two richest men in the world” — Mexican businessman and philanthropist Carlos Slim and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – “discussed their contributions to a little-known public-private partnership that aims to improve the…

Blog Reports On Consortium Of Universities For Global Health Annual Conference

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog reports on the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference held last week, highlighting “a panel hosted by the GHTC, which focused on current fiscal and policy realities in the United States that will impact global health research and development…

Chevron’s Role In Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Africa

In this Africa.com opinion piece, Ana Ruth Luis, medical director of the Southern Africa Strategic Business Unit at Chevron Africa and Latin America Ex in Angola, discusses what she calls “the important role Chevron has in driving down the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Africa.” She writes, “Chevron was able to drop new infections to zero among our employees and their babies by educating our employees, establishing a culture of voluntary, confidential testing and treatment, addressing stigma and discrimination in the workplace, and providing comprehensive medical care for expectant mothers.”

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