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Researchers Report ‘Surprisingly Little’ Evidence That Economic Downturns Are Associated With Deep Development Aid Cuts

Despite concerns expressed by the World Bank and the WHO that the current economic climate would lead donor countries to scale back development assistance, a study (.pdf) published online Friday in the WHO Bulletin finds what the authors “described as ‘surprisingly little’ evidence that economic downturns are associated with deep cuts in aid, at least in the first few years of a financial crisis,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 2/25).

House Republicans Release Two-Week CR With $4B In Proposed Cuts

“House Republicans late Friday afternoon released a two-week continuing resolution [CR] that cuts more than $4 billion in federal spending,” Roll Call reports (Stanton, 2/25). “Under the proposal, the law now keeping the government open would be extended two more weeks, until March 18 … In the interim, House and Senate leaders would try to negotiate a broader plan to finance the government at reduced levels through Sept. 30,” the New York Times reports. Republican leaders trimmed programs in education, transportation and other areas “that President Obama had previously sought to close down” (Hulse, 2/25). “The plan, scheduled to hit the House floor Tuesday, includes $1.24 billion in program terminations and $2.7 billion in earmark terminations, according to a summary provided by the House Appropriations Committee,” CQ writes (Goldfarb/Young, 2/25).

Also In Global Health News: Global Fund Grants In Myanmar; Polio Eradication; GM Fungus Attacks Malaria In Mosquitoes; Afghanistan Demands NGOs Pay Taxes

 Global Fund To Resume Grants In Myanmar The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is resuming the distribution of grants to Myanmar, after suspending the country’s grants in August 2005 because the fund suspected “political interference in its programmes,” Inter Press Service reports. According to the news service, Myanmar, which…

Opinions: Foreign Aid Budget Cuts Would Negatively Affect Food, Global Health

Obama Administration Must Not Accept Budget Cuts To Global Agriculture The “hard truth is that if the United States doesn’t keep its word” on a pledge to deliver $3.5 billion to the G20’s $22 billion food security initiative for “vulnerable” developing countries, “no one else will,” a New York Times editorial states.  The…

Event Marks Ceremonial Launch Of U.N. Women

“After years of planning, fundraising and consultations, U.N. Women was officially launched Thursday,” Inter Press Service reports, describing the expectations for the agency voiced by leaders gathered at the event (D’Almeida, 2/24). The ceremonial launch took place during a meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, U.N. News Centre writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheet breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…

Also In Global Health News: Integrating HIV, Maternal/Child Health; Food Shortages In N. Korea; Climate ‘Vulnerability Index'; Premature Infants In Bangladesh; Sanitation In Niger; Cholera In Ghana

IRIN/PlusNews Examines Efforts To Integrate HIV/AIDS Treatment And Maternal, Child Health Care IRIN/PlusNews examines Kenya’s efforts to integrate maternal and child health care and HIV/AIDS services as a way to ensure more pregnant women and mothers living with HIV/AIDS receive the treatment they need. The article describes the success of…