As G20 financial leaders met in Paris over the weekend, the Washington Post reports on the “debate over how to respond” to the recent increase in food prices. France, the G20 chair, spurred discussion about “whether new regulations on commodity trading might prevent speculators from pushing up prices by investing heavily in grains or other goods on the expectation that they will increase even further in value. Yet it is unclear how much of a role speculation plays in the movement of prices,” the Washington Post writes.
Programs, Funding & Financing
The House voted 235-189 on Saturday to pass legislation that “would fund government operations through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2011, while sharply reducing spending across a wide swath of federal agencies and programs,” CQ reports. “Most spending levels under the bill would be based on fiscal 2010 levels, less eliminations, reductions and rescissions totaling roughly $61.5 billion. The measure would provide $99.6 billion less than President Obama sought for fiscal 2011,” the news service writes (Weyl, 2/19).
Also In Global Health News: Methadone Maintenance In Africa; Dengue Vaccine; HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Human Rights In Russia; Chevron, USAID $50M MOU
First Methadone Maintenance Program In Sub-Saharan Africa Opens Its Doors In Tanzania The New York Times examines “the first methadone maintenance program in sub-Saharan Africa,” which opened this month in a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with funding support from PEPFAR. “While heroin use is not common in Africa,…
During a meeting in Puerto Rico on Thursday to discuss recent progress towards fighting dengue, researchers voiced optimism over advances in the development of vaccines to prevent the spread of the virus, “which kills 25,000 people every year,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“The global cases of Guinea worm disease have plunged to another new all-time low, former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday, bringing health workers closer to their goal of eradicating the disease,” the Canadian Press reports (Bluestein, 2/17).
House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that Republicans had reached an agreement with Democrats to reduce the the number of pending amendments to a bill that would fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year, CQ reports (Carter, 2/17). “A final vote on the 2011 budget measure may come as soon as today. It then would go to the Senate, where the Democratic majority is likely to reject the proposal, raising the prospect of a government shutdown,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Faler, 2/18).
Factors Contributing to HealthÂ Of Women Worldwide: The Kaiser Family Foundation features a narrated slide tutorial by epidemiologist Laurel Spielberg on the health issues facing women around the world. The tutorial touches on issues such as economic status and biological, social, and cultural factors that affect women’s health, as well as…
As Congress considers both the FY11 and FY12 budgets, the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report’s Jaclyn Schiff spoke to Adam Wexler, a senior policy analyst for global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, about the potential implications for global health funding.
“A rise in global funding for research into neglected diseases needs to be matched by a continued focus on delivering practical new ways to curb sickness in the developing world,” according to the third annual report by the Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases (G-FINDER) released on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
In the wake of President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal and the negotiation of the fiscal year 2011 budget bill in the House of Representatives, news outlets looked at stakeholders’ responses to the measures and analyzed different pieces of the bills.