At an event on Friday in Seattle, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discussed foreign aid efficacy and ways “to streamline the federal agency and to help make the whole U.S. aid budget easier to understand and track,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports. Shah said that the Obama administration is concerned about foreign aid transparency and its effectiveness, adding: “The president continues to live up to the overall commitment to develop foreign assistance.”
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“The growing burden of cancer in developing countries could be reduced without expensive drugs and equipment, scientists said on Monday, but it requires a global effort similar to the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Reuters reports in an article that examines a study published in the Lancet by a group of American scientists who have created the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC).
‘Heart-Wrenching’ Pakistan Floods Need More Aid From International Community, U.N. Secretary-General Says
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that the flooding in Pakistan is the worst natural disaster he has seen and called on the international community to expedite the aid effort, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ban traveled to flooded areas of the country and surveyed damage on Sunday (Rodriguez, 8/16).
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“The State Department said Thursday that the U.S. financial commitment to Pakistan flood relief has reached $76 million,” VOA News reports (Gollust, 8/12).
Lancet Examines Health Workers Lost To International Organizations A Lancet Comment discusses how developing country doctors and nurses who are recruited by in-countryÂ international organizations, research institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can “prevent government-trained doctors and nurses from contributing to their [national health service] NHS.” The authors write that some of…
Floods: U.N. Issues $459.7M Appeal For Pakistan, China Concerned About Disease Outbreaks After Mudslides
The U.N. appealed for $459.7 million on Wednesday “to aid flood victims in Pakistan as the magnitude of the disaster widened, with about one-fifth of the country submerged and the annual monsoon season still potent,” the New York Times reports (MacFarquhar, 8/11).
The U.S.-funded Haitian Apparel Center, which aims to train about 2,000 workers per year, was opened in the capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The new center will help Haitian companies evolve from making “simple things, like sheets and T-shirts, to more complex garments,” according to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten. “And more complex garments mean higher profit margins and more money coming into the country,” he added (Lush, 8/11).
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UNAIDS Calls On Cities To Enhance Response To HIV; China Vows To Step Up Prevention UNAIDS has “issued a call for cities to ‘take the lead in making HIV history’ by enhancing their response to the epidemic,” UN News Centre reports. The article notes that in the next four decades,…