The Senate Budget Committee has approved a budget resolution that adheres to President Barack Obama’s “proposal to freeze non-defense spending, then goes a bit further” with cuts to “the State Department and other international programs,” the Washington Post reports (Montgomery, 4/23).
Programs, Funding & Financing
Lancet Editorial Argues Global Health Community ‘Too Complacent’ OnÂ Development Of An Effective, Affordable Malaria VaccineÂ Â “What is still needed [to fight malaria] is the only tool that has ever truly conquered any infectious disease: an effective and affordable vaccine. And here, the global malaria community has been too complacent,” a…
Agence France-Presse reports that the U.N. has launched “a new website to track the estimated 9.9 billion dollars in aid pledged to Haiti by the international community in the wake of a devastating January 12 earthquake.” The website is a joint project of the Haitian government and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP). The new portal aims to ensure “transparency and accountability,” according to a UNDP press release. “The system tracks the money from pledge to impact,” the release said.
“Even as the world’s deadline for the achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) approaches in 2015, countries are not making water and sanitation a priority, which in turn impacts other developmental goals like health and education,” according to a WHO report released Wednesday, Press Trust International/Business Standard reports (4/22).
Opinions: New U.S.-Backed Global Food, Agriculture Program; Foreign Aid To Africa; Medicines In Africa
Geithner, Gates Announce New Global Agriculture And Food Security Program In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Bill Gates,Â co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announce the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a fund “to help the…
An ActionAid report (.pdf) released on Wednesday recommends that major aid donors increase their support of small-scale farms run by women in developing countries to maximize the chance of meeting the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving hunger by 2015, Reuters reports.
Also In Global Health News: Tweeting For Malaria; DDT; Water, Sanitation In Mozambique; Uganda’s National Development Plan; Maternal Mortality In S. Mexico; Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Programs
Bill Gates, Colin Powell To Participate In Twitter Fundraiser For Malaria Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Wednesday will join former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Queen Rania of Jordan and a host of other Hollywood celebrities for the launch of a Twitter campaign…
At a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing on Tuesday about USAID’s FY 2011 budget, several senators called for “broad changes in the culture and operations of” USAID, CQ reports.
Also In Global Health News: China’s HIV Travel Ban; EU Aid; Water, Sanitation In Cambodia; Aid Transport; Maternal Mortality
China Could Soon Lift HIV Travel Ban, State Media Reports “China could lift a longstanding ban on HIV-positive foreigners entering the country as early as this month, state media reported Wednesday,” Agence France-Presse reports. The country first introduced the ban in lateÂ the 1980s, the news service notes (4/20). “Insiders said…
Reuters reports on the recent efforts by India’s government to expand welfare programs throughout the country: “Since helping the Congress party win re-election last year, welfare has fast become the government’s knee-jerk answer to policy dilemmas as it tries to ease food inflation, help growth trickle down to the poor, and win hearts and minds in” the country, the news service writes.