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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…

External Panel Issues Draft Report Saying WHO Response To H1N1 Lacked Cohesion, Clarity

An independent panel of experts commissioned by the WHO to probe its response to the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic on Thursday released a draft report (.pdf) stating that while the organization performed well in many ways, it made “crucial mistakes” and “warned tens of millions could die if there is a severe flu outbreak in the future,” the Associated Press reports (3/10).

FY12 State Department Funding Request Cannot Be Fulfilled, House Foreign Ops Committee Chair Says

It “will not be possible” to meet the funding request for the State Department in President Barack Obama’s FY12 budget proposal, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chair of the House State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee, said at a hearing on Thursday, CQ reports. However, Granger said there are still ways for the House and State Department to “maintain an effective and efficient diplomatic and development capability.”

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…

Advocates, Officials Call For Preservation Of Foreign Aid Budget

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “joined a chorus of celebrities, activists and officials Wednesday” calling for Congress “not to cut foreign aid to try to shrink the U.S. deficit,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Also In Global Health News: U.S. $12.6M Commitment To Cote d’Ivoire; Business Leaders Help Boost Women’s Equity; Ghana To Improve Rural Health; Rwandan Malaria Fight; HIV Clinic In Uganda Offers HPV Vaccine

U.S. Commits $12.6M In Emergency Aid To Cote d’Ivoire President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will “provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of … political unrest and violence” in Cote d’Ivoire, CNN.com reports (3/10). According to RTTNews, “[m]ore than 75,000 refugees…

Also In Global Health News: New GAVI CEO; U.S. Pledge To Expand African Health Workforce; International Drug Transfers; Humanitarian Situation In Cote d’Ivoire

GAVI Alliance Board Appoints IAVI Head Seth Berkley As New CEO The GAVI Alliance Board on Tuesday announced it has appointed Seth Berkley, founder, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), as the new CEO of the GAVI Alliance, Pharmabiz.com reports (3/9). “The GAVI Board is delighted to…

Opinions: Investing In Science, Technolgy; Indian Public-Private Partnership For NTDs; U.S. Global Food Security Investments; Clinton’s Statements On PEPFAR; U.S. Foreign Aid; Primary Care

Investments In Science, Technology Improve Health, Make Economic Sense “Now is the time to support science and technology – especially in difficult economic times. It is the right thing to do, and it makes good economic sense,” Alex Dehgan, science and technology adviser to the USAID administrator, and Kaitlin Christenson,…