Syndicated columnist and ONE senior adviser Michael Gerson, in a CNN opinion piece, reviews the documentary “Voodoo and Vaccines,” which he writes “shows how government and health officials have reached out to religious leaders, and how many traditional healers are now carrying a pro-vaccination message. They are combining a belief in traditional medicine with an acceptance of modern medicine. And this is benefiting the people of Benin.”
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Recent improvements in health indicators in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “[i]n no small part, â€¦ are connected to the rollout of basic health services,” even at a time when the country’s economy is shrinking and its population is growing, Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes in his Foreign Policy column.
Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for increased investment in Sierra Leone during a trip to the country over the weekend, VOA News reports.
In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby describes accompanying Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her trip to Africa.
“The House on Thursday afternoon approved the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a 217-203 vote,” The Hill’s “Floor Action Blog” reports. A day earlier, the House “rejected several amendments from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) to cut the Food for Peace program, the International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program, and make further cuts to [the Women, Infants and Children program],” the blog notes (Kasperowicz, 6/16).
The Economist examines how “the past decade has seen changes in how vaccines are developed, financed and delivered â€“ solving, at least partially, the conundrum of the vaccine market: poor regions have ample demand for vaccines but little ability to pay for them. As a result, immunisation rates in the poor world have soared.”
“I can’t help worrying that, as donors slap themselves on the back over their generosity [shown through pledges to the GAVI Alliance] â€¦, their feelgood factor will turn into a warm glow of satisfaction at having played out their part. Problem solved,” Sarah Boseley writesÂ on the Guardian’sÂ “Global Health Blog.” “What…
The U.S. will provide an additional $7.5 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia, according to a statement from the State Department on Wednesday, RTTNews reports (6/16).
White House budget talks entered a new phase on Tuesday “as the deficit reduction group led by Vice President Biden” started debate about “sensitive issues that they have purposely sidestepped during their six earlier meetings. At the top of the agenda for the next three days: deep cuts on domestic spending and foreign aid and imposing a dollar limit on federal spending,” the Washington Post’s “Political Economy” blog reports (Cha/Halzack, 6/14).