Bill and Melinda Gates are expected to ask Washington officials on Tuesday to “continue funding global health initiatives despite the recession and to commit to nearly halve the number of child deaths worldwide by 2025,” the Washington Post reports.
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Also In Global Health News: Ghana, Nigeria Global Fund Grants; CDC Director On Global Health Role; African Peacekeepers And HIV/AIDS
Guyana Receives $10M Grant From Global Fund Stabroek News reports on the recent news that Guyana received a $10 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The “six-year programme aims at strengthening critical areas in the system such as Mental Health; the Nursing Programme; Management…
The Observer examines the recent appeal by some health experts for an “overhaul of health spending in Africa,” which, they say, focuses on HIV/AIDS and overlooks other deadly diseases, such as diarrhea.
Food Aid Won’t End African Problems While the drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa are “ghastly to be sure,” when “you see children on TV with distended bellies keening over their dying parents … do them a favour. Sit on your hands,” Sam Kiley, a former Africa bureau…
VOA News reports on the recent appeals by human rights advocates for the U.S. Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill that would fund “a five-year program to reduce violence in countries where the problem is most serious.” Former Democratic Senator Joe Biden, of Delaware, first introduced the legislation in 2007.
Although there’s “increasing pressure” on President Obama “to fill his administration’s vacant top foreign-assistance post … no candidate is in sight nine months into his term,” the Associated Press writes in an article exploring the absence of a leader for USAID.
Filipinos are “struggling to live in flooded suburbs or crowded shelters one month after devastating rains began pounding the Philippines, and officials warn no quick fix is in sight,” Agence France-Presse reports. According to the WHO, 1.43 million people, “mostly in and around Manila, continue to endure a dangerous existence living in flooded districts” (Morella, 10/26).
Lancet Infectious Diseases Review Examines Progress On Dengue Vaccine “The spread of dengue virus throughout the tropics represents a major, rapidly growing public health problem with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk of dengue fever and the life-threatening disease, severe dengue,” write the authors of a Lancet Infectious Diseases…
During a recent interview with The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, praised former President George W. Bush for the enactment of PEPFAR and commended the Obama administration’s commitment to global health issues for “being very open minded [and] saying we don’t have to go back and reinvent the wheel.”
The Washington Independent examines the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, or QDDR, announced in June by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the State Departmentâ€™s director of policy planning; James Michael, a senior USAID official; and Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew are “in charge of creating the document â€” a process of managing five working groups chaired by top-level agency heads to produce an interim report in January and a final document by next September.”