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Bipartisan Budget Deal Set To Cut U.S. Food Aid, Blog Reports

“The bipartisan budget deal on track to pass the Senate is due to cut international food aid to millions who need it, thanks to a continued requirement to ship American food abroad rather than purchasing from local producers,” Hayes Brown, a national security reporter and blogger, writes in ThinkProgress.org. “What…

Secretary Kerry Announces Additional U.S. Aid To Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“After touring miles of roofless homes and shattered shantytowns destroyed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that additional American humanitarian aid would be sent to the Philippines and described the giant typhoon as a warning of future extreme weather…

E.U. Support Growing For TB Vaccine Development

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, “writes about European support for new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB).” She notes, “Europe is a major contributor to the development of vaccines globally, with as much as 75 percent…

World Bank Announces Record Commitments For International Development Association

“Rich and emerging-market nations agreed to commit a record $52 billion over three years to a World Bank fund to aid the world’s poorest countries, the bank said on Tuesday,” Reuters/Huffington Post reports. “The figure marks an increase of about five percent from the last time the International Development Association,…

NPR Examines History, Future Of PEPFAR

NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Tuesday profiled the history of PEPFAR, including its creation, successes, and evolution. The program includes comments about the state of the AIDS epidemic before PEPFAR’s creation from Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Laura Guay, vice president of research…

World Bank, Global Fund Results-Based Financing Partnership Can Improve Health Systems

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Victoria Fan, a research fellow and health economist at CGD, and Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at the center, discuss the World Bank and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s recent…

Guardian Examines Access To Abortion Services In Ethiopia

The Guardian examines access to abortion services in Ethiopia, noting, “In 2005, Ethiopia legalized abortion in cases of rape or incest, for all young women under the age of 18, and in a number of other situations. Guidelines from the ministry of health in 2006 went further, expanding the range…

HHS Secretary Outlines U.S. Government Work To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

“I believe — and President Obama believes — that an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes in the AIDS.gov blog. She summarizes U.S. government work addressing the virus domestically and abroad, adding, “The budgetary constraints our teams across the [HHS] have been working under have…

Health Advocates Working To Lower Cost Of HCV Medicines In LMICs, Reuters Reports

“A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries — this time for treating hepatitis C [HCV] — more than a decade after a global showdown over the price of AIDS drugs in Africa,” Reuters reports. “Modern pills being launched in western markets could cure the…

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