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Somali President Issues Appeal For Famine Assistance

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed on Wednesday “issued an urgent appeal for international aid” for famine assistance in his country during an exclusive interview with CNN at his residence in Mogadishu. “The situation is very severe. The conditions are very harsh,” he said (7/21).

U.S. Must Implement Long-Term Strategies In Food Security

In a post on USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah describes the U.S. response to the drought in the Horn of Africa, as well as his visit on Wednesday to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. “Since October 2010, the U.S. Government has provided $459 million in life-saving aid to…

Financial Times Examines Product Development Partnerships Researching ‘Neglected’ Diseases

The Financial Times examines the rise of product development partnerships (PDPs), which are “non-governmental organizations that generate their own funding and build partnerships with universities, businesses, government and patients in low-income countries to develop new drugs, vaccines, prevention techniques and diagnostics for diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, cholera and meningitis.”

U.N. Increases Humanitarian Aid Need To $7.9B For 2011

The U.N. on Wednesday said during a donor meeting in Geneva that “it needs $7.9 billion this year, $500 million more than it had originally sought, to fund relief operations in the face of spreading humanitarian crises in Africa and Asia,” Reuters reports (7/20).

Maintaining And Increasing AIDS Funding Critical

A new report showing “research funding for four key HIV prevention options – preventive vaccines, microbicides, PrEP and operations research related to medical male circumcision” – increased in 2010 compared with 2009 “is certainly good news, but we cannot rest on our laurels,” Margaret McGlynn, president and CEO of the…

State Department, USAID Briefing On Horn Of Africa

On Tuesday, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary for African Affairs; Reuben Brigety, principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Ambassador Donald Steinberg, USAID deputy administrator; and USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg held a special press briefing to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of…

Attention Must Be Paid To Famine Early Warning Systems

Early warnings about rising malnutrition, drought and possible famine in the Horn of Africa “went unheeded” for the past year, but “[w]hat is the point of an early warning system if nobody is listening?” a Globe and Mail editorial asks.

British PM Cameron Should Keep Development Aid Pledge

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s “pledge to increase development aid is something he is finding it harder and harder to defend” to colleagues and voters, because “[f]or more than half a century western nations have been spending on aid – sometimes with relatively little to show for their efforts,” a Guardian editorial states.