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Also In Global Health News: Drought In Middle East; HIV/AIDS, TB In Indonesia; MSF Warnings Over Needs Of HIV/AIDS Patients; Non-Profit At Work In Uganda

IPS Examines Impact Of Drought On Farmers In Middle East Inter Press Service examines the effects a “devastating drought this fall” has had on farmers in the Middle East, particularly those living in Syria. Once “[a] large wheat exporter, the drought’s impact has now forced the agriculturally self-reliant Syrian government…

Reuters Examines Investors’ Interests In Bonds That Support GAVI Alliance

“It’s not only biologists, philanthropists and donor governments who are needed to make vaccine projects in poor countries work. Financial engineers … also have a role,” Reuters writes in an article that examines how “a new kind of bond issue” is helping to support the GAVI Alliance.

Clinton Calls For Haiti To Resolve Election Dispute

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday “warned Haiti its foreign aid is being imperiled by political stalemate following disputed elections, spelling more trouble for a nation struggling to recover from a huge earthquake and cholera epidemic,” Agence France-Presse reports.

EU, India Talks End With Resolution On Drug Seizures, Little Progress On Free Trade Agreement

“The European Union and India resolved a dispute over generic drugs on Friday which should remove obstacles to Indian drugs manufacturers exporting products to the developing world, officials said,” Reuters reports in an article that describes the customs regulations previously in place that led “to numerous seizures of generic drugs shipments in transit from India to countries in South America via Europe.”

Senator Leahy Calls For U.S. To Suspend Direct Aid To Haiti’s Government, Visas For Haitian Officials

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, “on Friday urged President Barack Obama’s administration to suspend direct aid to Haiti’s government and visas for its top officials until it ensures a fair and democratic outcome to disputed national elections,” Reuters reports.

News Outlets Examine Flooding In Pakistan Four Months On

“More than four months after the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history, vast stretches of land are still under water in the province of Sindh, isolating many communities. … The world’s attention has long since moved on from the Pakistani flood story, but there are still more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Sindh alone, said U.N. humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos last Friday after touring the flood zone. Jackie Dent, a World Food Program spokesperson, said that although isolated outlying villages are becoming ‘few and far between as waters recede and access improves’ more are still being found,” TIME reports in an article looking at the effects of flooding and the prospects for recovery.

EU, India Leaders Meet To Discuss Trade Deal, Some Concerned Deal Will Jeopardize Drug Access In Developing Countries

On Friday, Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht met to “present a status report on the ongoing free trade talks” that some health advocates fear could limit the supply of generic medications in developing countries, according to Business Standard. “An EU source said the report would signal that talks had made excellent progress and should be wrapped up by early next year,” according to the news service (Aiyar, 12/10).