“Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders John Kerry, D-MA, and Richard Lugar, R-IN, introduced a State Department policy bill for both fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011” on Friday, Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports. The full text of the bill and a fact sheet are available on the blog (Rogin, 1/29).
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U.S. Government Resumes Medical Evacuations From Haiti; New Food Voucher Distribution Targeting Women Begins
“The U.S. government said on Sunday it would resume military evacuation flights” within 12 hours for critically ill and injured Haitians who were harmed in the Jan. 12 earthquake, Reuters reports (Rosenberg/Brown, 1/31). Medical evacuations had been suspended for a few days, but the reason for the suspension “is unclear as various government authorities have provided different explanations,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Addressing the 14th African Union (AU) Summit on Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for African countries to maintain their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), “which include reducing poverty, disease and child mortality, ahead of their target date of 2015,” BBC reports. Leaders from 53 African countries are gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the three-day summit (1/31).
Key Retrovirus Enzyme Grown In Lab A study published on Sunday in the journal Nature has shed light on the enzyme integrase, “which is found in retroviruses like HIV and is a target for some of the newest HIV medicines,” Reuters reports.Â Scientists at the Imperial College London and Harvard…
Under Shah’s Leadership, USAID Poised ‘To Regain Its Prominence’ In Global Nutrition, Lancet Opinion SaysÂ Rajiv Shah’s appointment as USAID administrator “comes at a crucial time of challenge and opportunity for the Agency to improve the nutritional well-being of impoverished societies,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment that examines…
Bill and Melinda Gates announced Friday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that their foundation would commit $10 billion over the next decade to research, develop and deliver vaccines for the world’s poorest countries, the New York Times reports (McNeil, 1/29). The Gateses “said they hope the commitment would spur support by governments, corporations, and other donors for vaccinations efforts,” the Chronicle of Philanthropy writes (Wilhelm, 1/29).
The European Commission’s humanitarian aid department warned Thursday that West Africa’s Sahel belt could face famine this year, with millions potentially affected, Reuters reports (John, 1/29). “We are already into what looks like a period of extreme vulnerability and extreme difficulty for the most disadvantaged of the population,” according to Brian O’Neill, regional sector head of European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), Agence France-Presse writes.
The Canadian government on Thursday announced the country would donate five million doses of H1N1 vaccines to the WHO from the country’s current surplus, the Canadian Press reports (Branswell, 1/28). “[T]he donation will help the Geneva-based international body in its efforts to redistribute the vaccine to developing countries that couldn’t afford their own supplies,” the Globe and Mail reports (Alphonso, 1/28).
Also In Global Health News: Pakistan Agriculture; U.K.’s Food Security Efforts; Clinton Addresses Yemen; Hunger In Niger; WB Head In Africa
U.S. To Support Agricultural Technology Projects In Pakistan Bryan Hunt, the U.S. consulate general in Lahore, Pakistan, said Wednesday that the U.S. would help Pakistan with the development of agriculture technology aimed at boosting farmers’ productivity, the Nation reports. Hunt said agriculture technology is vital for increasing food security. “He…
Opinions: Clean Water; Oversight Of U.N. Bookkeeping; Obama’s Global Health Goals; Maternal Mortality
Clean Water Needs To Be Priority For Haiti “Long before the earthquake, Haiti was mired in a crisis that only a few experts noticedÂ â€“ a severe lack of clean drinking water,” writes Joseph Treaster, editor of the University of Miami’s Internet magazine on global water issues and the environment, in…