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‘Strong’ FY14 Budget Request For Global Fund Can Ensure Investment Returns

Amanda Glassman and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development (CGD) write in the CGD’s “Global Health Policy” blog about “the tough trade-offs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must be considering as they finalize the president’s FY14 budget request to Congress, expected to be released in mid-March.”…

New Funding Model Will Help Global Fund Grow, Learn, Help More People

“At the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria], we launched a new funding model this week that is built to capitalize on open interaction and information flow,” Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, adding, “With more open dialogue between cooperative partners,…

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops 1M; U.N. Says More Assistance Needed

“The relentless exodus of Syrians fleeing two years of increasingly violent conflict pushed the number of refugees in neighboring countries past the million mark on Wednesday, the United Nations Refugee Agency said, warning that resources for helping them are dangerously thin,” the New York Times reports (Cumming-Bruce, 3/6). “We are doing everything…

U.K. Pledges $52.7M To Global FGM Response

“The British government has pledged up to £35 million [$52.7 million] to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in a generation,” the Guardian reports. “At the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Tuesday, U.K. International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said this was the largest donor contribution to tackling the practice, which…

Obama Administration Could Revolutionize Aid, Save Billions With Food Aid Reform

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security program at the Center for American Progress, examines how “[t]he Obama administration could revolutionize aid and save billions … with fairly minor changes to how we deliver food assistance abroad.” He states, “For all its good deeds,…

Reform In Food Aid Distribution Could Lead To More Lives Saved, Study Suggests

“International development agencies may be able to save the lives of a greater number of undernourished children by changing how they allocate food aid in developing countries, suggests a study published [Monday] in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” SciDev.Net reports. “The findings are based on mathematical modeling using data from more…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The Independent recently published an editorial and opinion piece discussing the global effort to eradicate polio. The following are summaries of the articles. Editorial: “Thanks to [polio] eradication efforts over the past 25 years, the total of cases worldwide has been reduced by 99 percent, to just 222 last year,”…

GHTC Congressional Briefing Focuses On Protecting Global Health Research Investments

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Communications Officer Kim Lufkin summarizes the group’s annual congressional briefing, “which focused on how U.S. policymakers can protect the nation’s investments in global health research in upcoming budget discussions.” She writes, “As the panelists stressed, there are several compelling…

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