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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of an editorial, opinion pieces, and a blog post addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. New York Times: “Since the mid-1950s, the United States has spent nearly $2 billion annually to feed the world’s…

Congress Should Maintain Support Of Global Health Programs ‘Despite Fiscal Challenges’

“U.S. support for global health has had a major impact around the world, particularly our contributions to fighting malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and…

Continued Political, Financial Support Needed To Reduce Global Malaria Incidence

“With the globally agreed target of reversing the incidence rate of malaria by 2015 now in sight, top United Nations officials [on Thursday] urged the international community to stay committed to protecting people from this preventable disease and to scale up key interventions such as the provision of insecticide-treated mosquito…

Global Vaccine Summit Participants Pledge Funds For Global Polio Eradication Plan

“Health groups [at the Global Vaccine Summit] said on Thursday they could rid the world of polio by 2018 with a $5.5 billion vaccination and monitoring plan to stop the disease taking hold once more now there are only a handful of cases worldwide,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 4/25). Bill Gates,…

Opinion Pieces Address World Malaria Day

On Thursday, the international community recognized World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme was “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Forbes/Skoll World Forum: “In a world where there are more…

Providing Commodities Not Always Best Solution In Food Security Crises

In a New York Times “Opinionator” piece, journalist Tina Rosenberg examines the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program, which would provide more flexibility to allow for cash purchases of food locally or from U.S. farmers, as well as end monetization. In addition, the proposal “is planning…

Blogs Address World Malaria Day

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. Caroline Espinosa, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition blog: “The combined efforts by governments, NGOs, and business all around the world have led to more than a 25 percent drop in malaria mortality rates,” Espinosa,…

Bill Gates Seeks Additional $1.5B In Donations For Polio Eradication Efforts

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is seeking a further $1.5 billion in donations to wipe out polio by 2018 and make it the first infectious disease eradicated since smallpox was wiped from the planet in 1979,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The billionaire, who is contributing about…

U.N. Urges Sustained Support For Prevention, Treatment Activities On World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day (April 25), the U.N. “warned … that malaria maintains its impact on less developed countries, mainly in Africa, where millions of people lack needed attention,” and in a message marking the day, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “urged political leaders and health authorities of states where malaria…

GlobalPost Examines Implications Of U.S. Budget Negotiations On Global Health Spending

In the first article in a special report titled “The Seven Million,” which looks at “the many challenges faced worldwide in an effort to reduce child mortality” and is “supported through a partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation,” GlobalPost examines the implications of U.S. budget negotiations on global health spending.…

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