After an Associated Press story on Friday reported that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “will make public more detailed information about money it has lost to corruption and mismanagement, but won’t release other information critics have sought … that might have made it possible to calculate how much of the money investigated is lost to corruption, or what percentage of the fund’s overall disbursements are misspent” (Heilprin, 5/13), the Global Fund released a statement saying it “remain[s] fully committed to accountability for the intentions, process, funding and results of our projects.”
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The G8 nations have “delivered only 61 percent of the increased aid they promised to sub-Saharan Africa by 2010 in their 2005 summit” in Gleneagles, Scotland, an annual report by ONE shows, Reuters reports (5/16). “At the Gleneagles summit, rich nations said that by 2010 they would increase development assistance by $50bn, with an extra $25bn going to sub-Saharan Africa,” the Guardian reports (Elliot, 5/16).
The Fourth U.N. Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) closed in Istanbul on Friday “with a number of recommendations seeking to halve, from 48 to 24, the number of LDCs during the next 10 years,” the Guardian’s “Global Development” blog reports (Tran, 5/13).
As the 64th World Health Assembly gets underway in Geneva, the body will consider “an array of subjects pertaining to reforms of the organisation and its financing, vaccines, fake medicines, and influenza pandemic preparedness, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases,” Intellectual Property Watch reports (Saez, 5/13).
Results from a multicountry clinical trial, sponsored by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), show that HIV-positive people who take combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their HIV-negative partners by 96 percent, U.S. researchers announced on Thursday “[i]n what is being hailed as a breakthrough in HIV prevention,” the Los Angeles Times reports (Maugh, 5/13).
Lessons Learned About Global Health From 30 Years Of HIV/AIDS: In the CDC’s Emerging Infectious DiseasesÂ (.pdf) journal, Kevin De Cock of the CDC, Harold Jaffe of Emory University and James Curran of the Emory Center for AIDS Research reflect on the emergence of HIV/AIDS 30 years ago this June; the…
“Until a few months ago Japan was the world’s fifth biggest aid donor, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), lending or giving away $9.5bn a year,” the Guardian reports. But the recent earthquake and tsunami have transformed the country “into a leading destination for international charity. In two months it has received what the Democratic Republic of the Congo is given in a year,” according to the article.
The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday began hearing the Canadian government’s case against Insite, a Vancouver-based legal injection site where people who use injecting drugs can obtain clean needles and syringes and inject their own drugs under a nurse’s supervision, the Canadian Press reports (5/12).
House Appropriations Committee Chair Releases FY12 Budget Plan Proposing To Cut $30B From Current Spending Levels
House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) released a 2012 budget plan on Wednesday that would cut federal spending levels by $30 billion compared with current levels, the Wall Street Journal reports. The plan “calls for cutting virtually every area of the federal government. The one exception would be defense spending” (Boles, 5/11).
Republicans criticized USAID’s work in Haiti during a House subcommittee on foreign affairs hearing on Wednesday, citing findings from inspector general reports about U.S. aid to the country after the January 2010 earthquake, the Associated Press reports (5/11).