President Barack Obama’s nominee to head USAID, Rajiv Shah, “made the rounds” on Capitol Hill Thursday, which included a meeting with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry (D-Mass.), Politco’s Laura Rozen reports on her foreign policy blog.
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Goosby Says PEPFAR Remains Among ‘Highest Priorities’ Of Obama Administration, Welcomes Partnership With South African President Zuma
Eric Goosby, head of PEPFAR, on Wednesday reemphasized the U.S. commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS globally, the Associated Press reports.
Report Examines HIV/AIDS Grant Funding HIV/AIDS program grants made by U.S.-based foundations totaled $618 billion in 2008, an 11 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new report by Funders Concerned About AIDS, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation accounted for the majority…
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Lancet Infectious Diseases Examines Hold-Ups In Implementation Of Sleeping Sickness Therapy Lancet Infectious Diseases Newsdesk examines how despite evidence that a new therapy to treat sleeping sickness, called nifurtimoxâ€”eflornithine (NECT) is a step forward in treating the disease, it has yet to be implemented by countries “13 months after data…
Innovation, CoordinationÂ Needed ToÂ ‘Bring TB Research Into The 21st Century’ Though tuberculosis “is one of the world’s leading killers â€¦ few citizens, scientists and policymakers are demanding more attention to TB research, treatment and prevention. â€¦ It’s time to bring TB research into the 21st century,” Anthony Fauci, director of the…
The U.S. is interested in potentially using more locally-produced food aid rather than U.S. grown food as a way to expand investment in agricultural development in the developing world, said Alonzo Fulgham, acting head USAID, â€œon the sidelines of a World Food Summit in Romeâ€ on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
The WHO on Tuesday announced it would lead a week-long, multi-country vaccination campaign in Africa next week to protect those “deemed at highest risk from yellow fever,” Reuters reports. The vaccination drive will target nearly 12 million Africans living in Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone â€“ all countries at high risk of yellow fever outbreaks (Nebehay/MacInnis, 11/17).
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to “mark up the Kerry-Lugar foreign aid reform bill Tuesday,” Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable” reports.
The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) on Monday outlined plans “to invest tens of millions of dollars in heart and lung disease studies in a battle against a global epidemic of chronic disease,” over five years, Reuters reports.
Jacques Diouf, head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “is not satisfied” that the World Summit on Food Security’s final declaration excludes “exact targets to reduce hunger,” the BBC reports.