To coincide with World Health Day on Thursday, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) released a policy paper with nine recommendations for how to control the “ever-growing threat of antimicrobial resistance,” CIDRAP News reports (Roos, 4/7).
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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday that world food prices dropped last month for the first time in eight months, “but it warned that prices may resume rising as higher output may not be enough to replenish low stock levels,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Henshaw, 4/7).
The U.N. needs the U.S. to continue providing strong financial support, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told U.S. lawmakers in Washington on Thursday, “as President Barack Obama and Congress negotiate federal budget cuts to try to avoid a government shutdown,” Reuters reports. “We need to have robust financial support from the United States,” Ban said (Cornwell/Alexander, 4/7).
U.S., EU Need To Take Concrete Action To Incentivize Investment In Antibiotic R&D “The framework for antibiotic discovery, development and approval is broken,” Matthew Cooper of the University of Queensland and David Shales, former vice president at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, write in a Nature comment, calling for “a sustained effort from…
The German government on Wednesday said it would provide an extra 14 million euros or about $19.9 million “for child immunization in the developing world as part of an agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the Associated Press reports (4/6).
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).
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.”