House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget blueprint, which was released earlier this week, would significantly cut the international affairs budget for FY12 and increase those cuts over the next four years, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” reports, noting that Ryan’s budget also would increase “the defense budget by 14 percent over the same timeframe” (Rogin, 4/6).
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OECD Nations Gave More Foreign Aid In 2010 Than Ever Before, But Failed To Meet G8 Commitments, Report Says
Developed countries “gave more aid to poorer countries than ever before in 2010, despite facing big budget gaps and rising debt levels,” according to data released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal reports.
High-level U.N. officials are scheduled to testify this week on Capitol Hill, “where they will argue against initiatives to pare back U.S. funding and shake up the way the United Nations does business,” CQ reports.
The U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can still be attained if developed nations meet their aid pledges, but the 2015 deadline likely will be missed, Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in remarks to the European Parliament’s development committee in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday, EUobserver reports.
BMJ News reports on South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s visit to the U.S. last week, where he spoke at a forum in Washington, D.C., on the efforts the government is making to promote HIV prevention and treatment and improve the country’s health system. The publication notes that the health ministry has set a goal of testing the HIV status of 15 million people in the country by the end of the year â€“ “nearly a third of its population of 50 million.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday spoke about the role universities can play in empowering women worldwide during an address to students and academic leaders gathered in Philadelphia for the fifth Global Colloquium of University Presidents, the Associated Press reports (Matheson, 4/4).
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is in Europe this week “in an effort to persuade Europeans not to cut aid budgets in the face of austerity â€“ and in particular not to reduce spending on vaccinations and agriculture,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
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Radiation’s Effect On Health; Aid Distribution In Japan In light of the damage to nuclear reactors atÂ Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the New York Times examines how increased radiation exposure affects human health. “Certain levels of radiation exposure are known to increase the risk of cancer, but scientists disagree about…
“Worldwide breast cancer incidence and mortality are expected to increase by 50 percent from 2002 and 2020 â€“ and those rates will be highest in developing nations,” according to a review article published Friday in Lancet Oncology that describes several challenges low- and middle-income countries face in diagnosing and treating such conditions, the Huffington Post reports. The review features a series of recommendations, generated from discussions and reports presented during the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) meeting last year, which drew together more than 150 health experts from 43 countries to discuss breast cancer management in low- and middle-resource countries (LMCs).
The fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) kicked off Monday in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, to raise awareness about the “sanitation crisis in the region,” Xinhua reports (4/3).