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Prospects For 2014 U.S. Foreign Aid Budget Remain Unknown, Devex Reports

Devex: Despite progress, 2014 budget outlook still murky for U.S. foreign aid “With a signed bipartisan budget deal in their hands and tens of billions of dollars to spend, U.S. appropriators are the center of attention at the start of this New Year. Aid advocates are urging them to look…

Lancet Examines Shortfall In Global Fund Pledges

“At a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 3, donors pledged $12 billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years for activities to fight the three most deadly diseases in resource-poor settings. Although a record amount for the fund, the result falls…

Examining Prospects For U.S. Family Planning Funding In FY 2014

“While it is too early to tell what the specific implications may be for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy, [Wednesday’s] Senate passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget agreement (H.J. Res. 59) sets the stage for the negotiation of final fiscal year 2014 appropriations legislation,” Population…

Effective Healthcare Requires Universal Access, Delivery In Addition To Research

In a SciDev.net opinion piece, Roger Williamson, an independent consultant and visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, examines what “the poorest billion need to improve ‘poor health.'” He highlights an article published by SciDev.net last week, which “reported that the WHO will decide…

Two Reports Recognize Progress In Malaria Eradication, Call For Increased Funding

“Malaria eradication programs will fail in the face of rising drug resistance without increased funding in malaria research and development (R&D), according to two major reports published this month,” SciDev.net reports. “Over the next decade, malaria R&D will need as much as $8.3 billion to overcome increasing resistance of mosquitoes…

WHO Expert Panel On Innovation In Funding For R&D Faces Criticism

“A WHO expert panel set up to find new ways to fund health research for neglected diseases has defeated the purpose of the initiative by selecting less-ambitious rather than mold-breaking ideas, civil society groups have said,” SciDev.Net reports. “At a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month (December 3-5), the…

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Urges International Community To Increase Global Health Spending

Lawrence Summers, a former U.S. Treasury secretary and chief economic adviser to President Obama, visited the University of California, San Francisco on Tuesday “to present a report, ‘Global Health 2035,’ that recommends ‘a grand convergence’ of the international health community ‘around infectious, child and maternal mortality; major reductions in the…

Bipartisan Budget Deal Set To Cut U.S. Food Aid, Blog Reports

“The bipartisan budget deal on track to pass the Senate is due to cut international food aid to millions who need it, thanks to a continued requirement to ship American food abroad rather than purchasing from local producers,” Hayes Brown, a national security reporter and blogger, writes in ThinkProgress.org. “What…

Secretary Kerry Announces Additional U.S. Aid To Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“After touring miles of roofless homes and shattered shantytowns destroyed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that additional American humanitarian aid would be sent to the Philippines and described the giant typhoon as a warning of future extreme weather…

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