Politico’s Laura Rozen reports on her foreign policy blog that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Rajiv Shah, President Obama’s nominee to head USAID, on December 1 (11/24).
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News outlets continued to examine the 2009 AIDS epidemic update released Tuesday by the WHO and UNAIDS: “The U.N. report said ‘AIDS continues to be a major public-health priority’ and called for more funds to support efforts to curb the epidemic and to distribute lifesaving drugs,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The U.N. report also suggested that health authorities need to focus resources on those most at risk” (Fairclough, 11/25).
President Barack Obama Tuesday announced the nomination of Rajiv Shah â€“ a medical doctor who is currently a senior official at the Department of Agriculture focusing on food security â€“ to lead USAID, the Boston Globe reports (Smith, 11/11).
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has entered into an “historic” partnership with the New Partnership for Africaâ€™s Development (NEPAD) “to work towards increasing food production and food security in Africa,” PEACE FM Online reports (11/9).
African leaders concluded the Second Africa Water Week on Friday, with an appeal for “concrete actions to meet the water and sanitation needs in the continent,” Xinhua reports.
Health System Funding Can Address ‘Silent Killers’ “For too long, global health funding has gone to diseases like AIDS with the most vocal lobby groups and not to the diseases with the greatest need,” Philip Stevens, a senior fellow at International Policy Network, writes in a Business Daily opinion piece.…
George W. Bush Institute To Include Global Health Focus; University Of California System Launches Global Health Institute
Former President George W. Bush will deliver a speech on Thursday, marking the launch of the “George W. Bush Institute as a forum for study and advocacy in four main areas: education, global health, human freedom and economic growth,” the New York Times writes.
PBS’ Online NewsHour explores the recent nomination of Rajiv Shah as USAID administrator and the outlook for the agency. “While Shah still needs to be confirmed by the Senate, there has been high anticipation for a successor to be named. There is broad consensus in the government and aid community that the agency â€¦ is in need of realignment,” the NewsHour writes.
During its recent board meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved $2.4 billion for the three diseases, PlusNews reports. The money is for the fund’s “ninth round of grants, bringing the total amount of approved funding since its inception in 2001 to $18.4 billion,” according to the publication.
“In the 1990s, when the U.S. shifted its aid policy away from family planning, and from Latin America, the Brazilian NGO Bemfam found itself with a yearly funding hole of $2 million,” the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports in a profile of the NGO and family planning in Brazil. But the organization, which focuses on family planning and sexual and reproductive health, used $3 million in drawback funding from USAID to “set up a not-for-profit condom and lubricant business, Prosex,” the newspaper writes. The company “has proved so successful that it generates around $4 million a year for the NGO — about 40 percent of its funding — and is the fifth most popular condom brand in Brazil,” according to the newspaper. Bemfam “provides sex education to young people, promotes sexual and reproductive rights, and provides family planning services and counseling,” the Guardian writes (Ford, 6/20).