After flooding in northwest Pakistan killed more than 1,500 people and displaced an estimated 300,000, leaders of the State Department and USAID are “promising an extended mission to deal with the long-term effects,” Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah briefed reporters Wednesday about the disaster and their agencies’ efforts in the region (Rogin, 8/4).
Programs, Funding & Financing
Poor Countries Need Assistance Developing Sustainable Agricultural Systems, USDA Undersecretary Says
Governments and aid groups must do more to help the world’s hungry develop sustainable agricultural systems, U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) Undersecretary James Miller said during an address Wednesday on the final day of the International Food Aid and Development Conference, the Associated Press reports (Hollingsworth, 8/4).
“From bust to boom to bust again: artemisinin, the key ingredient of front-line antimalarial drugs, is entering the third chapter of its turbulent history,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the challenges scientists and farmers are facing as they attempt to keep up with the growing demand for the compound just as a “$343-million initiative starts to battle malaria through hugely subsidized medicines.”
President Obama, Sec. Of State Discuss U.S. Commitment To Development, Fighting Disease In Africa With Young African Leaders
During a gathering of over 100 young African business and civil leaders at the White House on Tuesday, President Barack Obama “urged [them] to help spur economic development and fight corruption, disease and extremism on the continent,” MSNBC’s “First Read” blog reports.
Lancet Comment Calls For More Research Into Alcohol Use, HIV According to a Lancet Comment, “alcohol remains conspicuously absent from the larger field of research and programming in HIV and substance use. … Patterns of hazardous alcohol consumption prevail in countries with the most severe HIV epidemics, notably eastern and…
“Bipartisan legislation that would mandate a comprehensive plan to combat violence against women worldwide is poised for a potential congressional vote, marking tough new action by the United States on a problem that’s commonplace across the globe,” McClatchy Newspapers reports.
South Asia is “lagging behind” in poverty and hunger reduction and is “in danger” of missing key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, a U.N. official told Asian ministers gathered to discuss MDGs progress, Agence France-Presse reports. At the meeting, “senior officials told delegates from dozens of countries that global food, energy and financial crises in recent years had jeopardized progress toward achieving the goals set for 2015,” the news service writes.
With reports that ongoing negotiations between India and the European Union are expected to end in a free-trade agreement “by the end of August,” Inter Press Service examines concerns among drug manufacturers and exporters over how the agreement might reduce growth in India’s generic medicines industry.
Opinions: AIDS 2010; Clean Water, Sanitation; Russia’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic; Financial Tax; Medical Abortion In Developing Countries
GHIÂ Builds On PEPFARÂ HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Programs A VOA News editorialÂ by the U.S. government reflects on last month’s International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, includingÂ key advancements such as the vaginal microbicide gel found to offer womenÂ some protectionÂ against HIV infection as well discussions about funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS and how the “criminalization…
Also In Global Health News: Sanitation In Burkina Faso; Faith-Based Organizations And HIV/AIDS; Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Burkina Faso Boosts Sanitation Investment To Meet MDG Burkina Faso will build 55,000 latrines each year to “improve access to proper sanitation for the population from the present 10 percent to 54 percent by 2015,” Inter Press ServiceÂ reports.Â The health ministry highlighted that lack of access to toilets “leads to illness,…