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Obama Administration Could Revolutionize Aid, Save Billions With Food Aid Reform

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security program at the Center for American Progress, examines how “[t]he Obama administration could revolutionize aid and save billions … with fairly minor changes to how we deliver food assistance abroad.” He states, “For all its good deeds,…

Reform In Food Aid Distribution Could Lead To More Lives Saved, Study Suggests

“International development agencies may be able to save the lives of a greater number of undernourished children by changing how they allocate food aid in developing countries, suggests a study published [Monday] in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” SciDev.Net reports. “The findings are based on mathematical modeling using data from more…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The Independent recently published an editorial and opinion piece discussing the global effort to eradicate polio. The following are summaries of the articles. Editorial: “Thanks to [polio] eradication efforts over the past 25 years, the total of cases worldwide has been reduced by 99 percent, to just 222 last year,”…

GHTC Congressional Briefing Focuses On Protecting Global Health Research Investments

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Communications Officer Kim Lufkin summarizes the group’s annual congressional briefing, “which focused on how U.S. policymakers can protect the nation’s investments in global health research in upcoming budget discussions.” She writes, “As the panelists stressed, there are several compelling…

Sustained Funding Necessary For Success Of Global Polio Eradication Plan

“[W]e are teaming up to tackle one of the most ambitious public health goals ever set: eradicating polio, a disease that has haunted humanity at least since ancient Egypt,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P., and Bill Gates, chair of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill…

Shrinking U.S. Investment In Scientific R&D ‘Affects The Whole World’

In his State of the Union address on February 12, President Barack Obama “called for a new era of scientific discovery,” an Economist editorial states, adding, “This would mean spending more on research.” But “[a]s The Economist went to press, America’s government was about to do the opposite,” the editorial states, noting federal spending…

Global Fund Launches New Funding Model, Says $1.9B Available During Transition Period

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria [on Thursday] launched a new funding model that allows it to invest more strategically, achieve greater impact, and engage implementers and partners more effectively,” a Global Fund press release reports. Noting “[t]he new funding model replaces the former ’rounds’ system of funding, which had one…

Haiti Launches $2.2B, 10-Year Plan To Eradicate Cholera

“The Haitian government’s $2.2 billion, 10-year plan to eradicate cholera was launched on Wednesday against the backdrop of the U.N.’s rejection of a legal claim from more than 5,000 victims” that sought compensation for the cholera epidemic, which “has killed more than 8,000 people and infected nearly 648,000” and is thought to…

New York City Mayor Bloomberg Pledges $100M To Global Polio Eradication Initiative

“New York [City] Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged $100 million to help the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others to fight polio around the world,” the Associated Press reports (2/28). Bloomberg “plans to announce Thursday that he is giving $100 million through the philanthropic arm of his foundation to the Global…

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