The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday “appealed for the world to contribute more to improve women’s health and access to contraception,” Agence France-Presse reports.
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PEPFAR To Continue Funding Projects In Vietnam PEPFAR will continue to fund HIV/AIDS programs in Vietnam, Hoang Thanh Hai, a spokesperson, said on Tuesday at a memorial for 100 people who died as a result of complications from the disease, Bernama reports. “Since 2004, PEPFAR has provided $320 million to…
USA Today reports on its investigation into the salaries of “government-funded non-profit” CEOs who “are paid to deliver U.S. foreign assistance,” which revealed four of the top 10 largest foreign aid contractors made more than a half-million dollars in 2007.
TIME examines the debate over the Ugandan government’s recent decision to use money from the U.N. Population Fund to purchase and distribute 100,000 female condoms to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
G20 finance ministers meeting in London next Friday, ahead of a G20 meeting in Pittsburgh “will face concerted pressure to introduce a tax on financial transactions as a coalition of anti-poverty campaigners aim to force the issue onto the agenda,” the Guardian reports.
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Lancet Editorial Examines Health Developments In Afghanistan A Lancet editorial examines Afghanistan’s progress in health developments since 2001, in light of the country’s recent presidential election. Though “[t]here have been substantial improvements in coverage of basic health services, especially in rural areas â€¦ the quality of facilities is variable and…
President Obama’s “comments on foreign aid [in Ghana] make it all the more surprising that the only real change in our foreign assistance programs under his administration so far is in indicated spending” â€“ Carol Adelman, director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute, and Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute â€“ write in a Weekly Standard opinion piece.
The WHO’s flu chief Keiji Fukuda on Saturday called upon wealthy nations and vaccine manufacturers to donate H1N1 (swine) flu vaccines to developing countries, the Associated Press reports.
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Lancet Infectious Diseases Features ReflectionÂ On Use OfÂ HIV/AIDS Money In Mozambique A Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece says while PEPFAR’s “investment of over US$228 million into Mozambique in 2008 alone” resulted in “an exponential increase in the number of people on” ARVs andÂ boosted prevention programs, “[t]here is more money…
“At a time when our national-security and foreign-policy priorities have become increasingly dependent on effective development,” political leaders “must act swiftly and put partisan politics aside in order to enact reforms that will make our foreign-aid programs more efficient, more effective and therefore more capable of supporting and advancing our national interests around the globe,” Mark Green â€“ a former Republican congressman from Wisconsin and ambassador to Tanzania, who now directs the Malaria No More Policy Center â€“ writes in a Washington Times opinion piece.