President Barack Obama announced his intentions Tuesday to nominate Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Jack Lew to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Foreign Policy’s blog “The Cable” reports.
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More Than Half Of Russian Prisoners Ill, Many With HIV, TB “Almost half of inmates in Russia’s notorious prison system are ill, many infected with HIV or with tuberculosis, the country’s Federal Prison Service said late Tuesday,” Reuters reports. Out of 846,000 prisoners, 55,000 are infected with HIV and 40,000…
President Barack Obama plans to “unveil the first formal national HIV/AIDS strategy on Tuesday, a plan that aims to reduce the number of new cases [in the U.S.] by 25 percent in the next five years, officials said,” the Washington Post reports.
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Afghan Government Tells Foreign Donors How Aid Should Be Spent “The Afghan government wants foreign donors to focus 80 percent of the billions of dollars flowing into the country on priority projects it believes are key to pulling the country out of poverty and turmoil, Afghan officials said,” the Associated…
Marking the six month anniversary of Haiti’s major earthquake, President Barack Obama thanked Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez on Monday for his country’s help, Agence France-Presse reports.
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Post-Earthquake RecoveryÂ In Haiti ‘Stalled’ The “paltry scale of the Pentagon’s reconstruction endeavor [in Haiti]Â – 1.6 million people displaced and the American military is contributing a few classrooms? — is emblematic of the international response,” columnist Dana Milbank writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Only 2 percent of promised reconstruction…
In a Wall Street Journal essay, Sonia Shah, the author of an upcoming book on malaria, outlines historical efforts to control malaria â€“ from the Roman Empire through today.
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Heterosexual Transmission Driving Ukraine’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Heterosexual transmission has “overtaken drug abuse as the main cause of AIDS” in Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. “In 2009, 43 percent of Ukrainians infected with HIV caught the virus through heterosexual sex and 35 percent by drug injection,” AFP writes, referencing a national report…
“Six months to the day since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake leveled 60% of [Port-Au-Prince's] buildings and killed 230,000 people, there are few visible signs of improvement,” USA Today reports. “Frustration is high among Haitians and aid groups who say they see halting and haphazard progress toward recovery. The Haitian government â€“ responsible for the cleanup but still reeling after the loss of most of its buildings and many of its workers â€“ and the aid groups blame each other for the lack of progress,” according to the newspaper.
2010 Aspen Ideas Festival Addresses U.S. HIV/AIDS Funding, Global Health Systems, Food Security And More
Moderator Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, began a session on Sunday at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival by asking how a decade of momentum for global health improvement could be sustained in the face of the economic downturn and what is seen by some as waning financial commitment from donor nations. Nigel Crisp, an independent crossbench member of the U.K.’s House of Lords, Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior White House advisor on health, and Francis Omaswa, founder and executive director of the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation, participated in the discussion.