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Gateses To Appeal For Ongoing U.S. Funding Of Global Health

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.

Congressional Hearing Addresses International Violence Against Women Act

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.

AP Looks At USAID Administrator Vacancy

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.

Post-Storm Conditions In Philippines Continue To Threaten Health

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).

Recent Releases In Global Health

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…

Melinda Gates Shares Thoughts On U.S. Global Health Efforts

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.”

Washington Independent Examines QDDR Process, Implications For State Dept., USAID

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 Department’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 — 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.”