In recognition of World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, the Financial Times published a series of stories on TB worldwide.
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Documents Suggest Australian Aid Program Affected ByÂ Fraud, Corruption Documents show that Australia’sÂ “foreign aid program is plagued by record levels of fraud, with millions of dollars being stolen by corrupt officials and overseas agencies,” the Daily Telegraph reports. “AusAID has 175 cases of fraud under investigationÂ â€“ stretching across 27 countries and…
Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).
Lawmakers who are pushing for foreign aid budget cuts and placing global health and food security programs outside the realm of national security are focused on “very short-term financial gains” and, in turn, are discounting the long-term benefits of helping societies cut their disease burdens, Julie Fischer, head of the Stimson Center’s Global Health Security project, said in an interview Tuesday with the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report’s Jaclyn Schiff.
Japanese officials plan to measure radiation levels in the ocean beyond the country’s borders on Tuesday and Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said, CNN reports.
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U.S. Must Lead In Global Fight Against Counterfeit Medicines “[T]he Obama administration and Congress should continue efforts to strengthen the safety of America’s drug supply and, simultaneously, coordinate a global response to the problem of counterfeit drugs,” Thomas Kubic, president & CEO of the Pharmaceutical Security Institute and a former…
Senior Pentagon officials have expressed opposition to proposed foreign aid cuts, The Hill reports, highlighting the challenges they face in making their case to preserve this funding.
Speaking out ahead of World Water Day on Tuesday, water experts have warned of growing water shortages worldwide, Inter Press Service reports.
The Senate passed a continuing resolution on Thursday, which will now be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature, Roll Call reports. “The spending measure, which passed 87-13, would keep the government funded through April 8 and would cut $6 billion in spending” (Dennis, 3/17).
Proposed budget cuts could be “absolutely devastating” for American foreign aid programs, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.