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Congressional Conference Reaches Deal On Farm Bill

News outlets report on the release of a compromise Farm Bill in Congress. Bloomberg: Deep Cuts in Food Stamps Said Averted in Farm-Bill Deal “House and Senate negotiators agreed today on a much-delayed agriculture bill that averts deeper cuts to U.S. food-stamp spending sought by House Republicans…” (Bjerga, 1/27). CQ…

Philippines To Use New Freezer For Vaccination Programs

Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time”: Philippines Works to Freeze Spread of Childhood Diseases “…On Wednesday the Philippine government’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, or RITM, will get [a] new walk-in freezer, which will be used to store vaccines for various viruses, measles included. The institute, located south of…

U.S. Strengthens Environmental, Human Rights Policies Surrounding Development Aid

Inter Press Service: U.S. Tightens Development Safeguards “Development activists and rights watchdogs are applauding a surprise strengthening of environmental and human rights policies governing U.S. development funding and overseas financial assistance. Under the new provisions, the United States will be required to vote against multilateral funding for large-scale hydroelectric projects…

Indonesia Revives Birth Control Program As Population Grows

Bloomberg Businessweek: Indonesia Population Approaching U.S. Revives Birth Control “Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants families to stop at two children to prevent a burgeoning population overwhelming schools and services. … As Indonesia’s growth slows, the world’s fourth-most-populous nation isn’t generating enough quality jobs to keep up with the population,…

Obama Administration, Congress Must Fund PEPFAR To ‘Accelerate The End Of AIDS’

Health Affairs Blog: Don’t Put The Brakes On Ending AIDS Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and Matthew Kavanagh, a senior policy analyst for Health Global Access Project, Mumford Doctoral Fellow in Politics at the University of Pennsylvania, and fellow…

GAVI Matching Fund Raises $152 Million With Private Sector Support

A GAVI Alliance press release reports that the GAVI Matching Fund “has secured more than $150 million in just 30 months, it was announced [Friday] at a CEO Breakfast organized by the GAVI Alliance during the World Economic Forum. … Since the GAVI Matching Fund was established in June 2011,…

World Vision’s ‘Child Health Now’ Ghana Campaign Calls For Global Action

The Chronicle: Child Health And Survival — A Collective Duty Of All Micah Ayo Olad, national coordinator for World Vision’s Child Health Now Campaign in Ghana “The risk for maternal death (during pregnancy or childbirth) in sub-Saharan Africa is 175 times higher than in developed countries, and risk for pregnancy-related…

amfAR Issue Brief Calls For Investment In Global AIDS Funding

In its January 2014 issue brief, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research says investing now in global AIDS efforts “is essential to maximize the return on investments.” The brief asserts, “Investing now to bring essential HIV prevention and treatment services to scale enables the global response to outpace the epidemic…

Blog Highlights Post On PEPFAR Funding

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights a recently published blog post on PEPFAR, “written by amfAR Public Policy Director Chris Collins and Health GAP Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Kavanagh, [which] warns that with current funding levels and proposed continued funding cuts, the pace of treatment enrollment…

Funding For USAID NTD Program Increased In U.S. FY14 Budget

A post in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog examines the potential impact of increased U.S. funding for NTD programs. In the federal FY 2014 budget, “[f]unding for USAID’s NTD Program was ramped up from $85.5 million ($89 million less five percent for sequestration) to…