Inter Press Service looks at funding for U.N. Women six months after the organization launched. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “set an initial target of 500 million dollars as the proposed annual budget for the new gender-empowered body. But nearly six months later, the voluntary funding for U.N. Women (UNW) from the 192 member states has remained painfully slow,” IPS writes.
Programs, Funding & Financing
“The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) is being forced by a funding shortfall to cut its recovery programmes in nearly half of Afghanistanâ€™s 34 provinces, a spokesperson said,” just as the country prepares for expected food shortages over the coming months, IRIN reports.
In a Daily Independent opinion piece, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley writes that after “truly historic” elections in April, “[t]he Nigerian Government faces complex challenges in the post-election environment. Security, electricity, good roads, education and reliable health care top most people’s lists of immediate concerns.”
Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, said that a recent $75 million pledge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron and Johnson & Johnson could help “eliminate new HIV-infected children by 2015 and keep mothers alive,” McClatchy/News & Observer reports.
“Cash-strapped Swaziland’s state hospitals have only two months’ supplies of AIDS drugs, the country’s health minister has told parliament in an assessment that AIDS patients and activists took as a death sentence,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports. More than 60,000 Swazis receive antiretroviral medicine at no cost from state-run hospitals.
In its first decade, the GAVI Alliance has helped prevent the deaths of more than five million children by introducing more widespread vaccination in low-income countries, “[b]ut, going forward, the alliance is going to have to think more about getting parents to vaccinate their kids â€“ the demand side of health â€“ especially if it wants to repeat the huge victory of wiping out a disease” such as smallpox, Charles Kenny writes in his weekly column for Foreign Policy.
GlobalPost on Sunday published two articles examining family planning and maternal mortality in Malawi.
More than 18,000 cases of cholera have been recorded in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince since the beginning of May, an increase that may be related to “the beginning of the rainy season and the flooding that hit the capital,” according to Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson, Agence France-Presse reports.
This Health Affairs article examines GHI’s funding and other challenges. “Questions now being raised about the Global Health Initiative focus not just on funding, but on whether the program is broadening the U.S. foreign assistance portfolio on health, building countries’ health system capacities, and meeting other objectives. So far, the picture looks mixed,” the article states (Bristol, June 2011).
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday that “it has become a signatory of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which “means that grant information currently on the Global Fund website will be aligned to an internationally agreed set of standards” and “[f]inancial and grant activity…