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Water, Sanitation Funding Decline As Share Of Overall Development Aid, WHO Report Finds

“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).

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…

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 late the 1980s, the news service notes (4/20). “Insiders said…

Reuters Examines Uneven Economic Growth, Welfare Programs In India

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.

House Markup Of Supplemental Spending Bill That Includes Haiti Relief Delayed One Week

A supplemental spending bill that is expected to include earthquake relief aid for Haiti will be considered by the full House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee during the week of April 26 and will not be written this week as several aides and members had anticipated, C.W. Bill Young, the committee’s ranking Republican from Florida, said, CQ Today reports.”We were going to try to go to the full committee next week,” Young said on Thursday, noting, “I think that’s slipped a week.”

Opinion: After Health Reform, U.S. Should Focus On Responding To Global Health Needs

“Now that the Obama administration has delivered on health care in the United States, we should think about families around the globe who suffer from malnutrition and lack access to basic maternal and child health-care services, including family planning,” Thomas Lovejoy of Population Action International and Jim Harkness, president of…