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CEOs Of 27 Companies Write Open Letter Urging British PM To Keep Foreign Aid Commitment

“Chief executives of 27 [of the] biggest companies in the U.K., including BP and Vodafone, [on Monday] joined the boss of English football’s Premier League in appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to keep his commitment to devote 0.7 percent of national income on international aid,” the Press Trust of India/Business…

Sierra Leone Charges 29 Government Health Officials With Defrauding GAVI Alliance

“The head of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission says that 29 government health officials will appear in court on corruption charges for having allegedly defrauded” the GAVI Alliance, the Associated Press reports. “Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara told the Associated Press that the government’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kisito Sheku Daoh, six other medical doctors…

PEPFAR Should Consider Performance-Based Financing

“The recent IOM evaluation of PEPFAR made clear that a key challenge for the program moving forward will be to get country governments to effectively assume primary responsibility of AIDS programs in their countries, both in terms of finances and ‘leadership,'” Victoria Fan and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development…

Examining Sequestration’s Effects On Global Health Spending

“Although we’re several days into sequestration, details about the full impact of funding cuts are still hazy,” Kim Lufkin, communications officer of the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), writes in the group’s “Breakthroughs” blog, noting, “On [March 1], the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report [.pdf] to Congress, which…

U.S. Global Health Investments Must Continue

“A decade ago, as I was beginning my time as Senate majority leader, bipartisan consensus in Washington helped launch a new era of progress in global health just when it was sorely needed,” former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) writes in a Roll Call opinion piece. “U.S. leadership at the Global Fund…

International Community Urged To Disburse Pledged Funds To Help Yemen

“The international community has been urged to follow Saudi Arabia’s example by releasing funds pledged to help Yemen address its growing humanitarian crisis and economic, social and security challenges,” the Guardian reports. “Donors pledged more than $7.5 billion to Yemen last year, with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion commitment the largest by a distance,” the…

‘Strong’ FY14 Budget Request For Global Fund Can Ensure Investment Returns

Amanda Glassman and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development (CGD) write in the CGD’s “Global Health Policy” blog about “the tough trade-offs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must be considering as they finalize the president’s FY14 budget request to Congress, expected to be released in mid-March.”…

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