A high-level U.N. panel on Thursday recommended that the international community “create a special reparations fund for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” following an assessment of the conditions faced by survivors of such acts, Agence France-Presse reports (3/3).
Stakeholders Say Foreign Aid Cuts Can Damage Global Food Security As FAO Food Price Index Reaches New High
Republicans’ proposed foreign aid cuts could damage food security programs in the developing world and create social instability requiring U.S. military intervention, advocates and government officials said on Thursday at a Capitol Hill event addressing hunger and rising food prices, Agence France-Presse reports (Zeitvogel, 3/3).
Also In Global Health News: Libyan Refugee Crisis; HIV Vaccine Program In India; Speeding Drug Development; Ugandan Malaria Training Program
As Thousands Flee Libya, World Leaders, International Aid Agencies Respond With Humanitarian Aid “Libyan border crossings were overwhelmed Wednesday by tens of thousands of hungry, fearful people fleeing its burgeoning civil war,” the Associated Press reports. “U.S. Ambassador Betty King in Geneva said the United States is giving $12 million…
Thousands of HIV-positiveÂ people from India and across Asia marched in New Delhi on Wednesday to protest the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and India, “which [some argue] has provisions that would restrict access to affordable medicines,” the Times of India reports. “Though government officials have…
Lancet Infectious Diseases Examines How Resource Gaps Are Creating Barriers To Reduce Child Mortality
The Lancet Infectious Diseases’ Newsdesk examines how resource gaps in immunizations, health workers and financing are creating barriers to efforts to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, as highlighted in a recent Save the Children report. The article describes the role GAVI Alliance has played in increasing the number of children receiving vaccines worldwide and notes the $3.7 billion gap the group hopes to fill to expand its immunization campaign over the next four years.
Britain To Cut Foreign Aid For 16 Countries, Focus More On Family Planning, Safe Water, Maternal Mortality
British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday announced major changes to the nation’s international aid program based on a nine-month review of the agency’s policies, Reuters reports. “This government is taking a radically different approach to aid. We want to be judged on our results, not on how much money we are spending,” Mitchell said of the changes to the aid program.
A group of nations are meeting in London this week to negotiate the Food Aid Convention (FAC), an “international agreement that governs food-aid commitments to hungry countries,” the Globe and Mail reports. Argentina, Australia, Canada, the European Union and its member states, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the U.S. currently are included in the convention, which was last updated in 1999. Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa also would like FAC membership, according to the Globe and Mail.
Researchers Report ‘Surprisingly Little’ Evidence That Economic Downturns Are Associated With Deep Development Aid Cuts
Despite concerns expressed by the World Bank and the WHO that the current economic climate would lead donor countries to scale back development assistance, a study (.pdf) published online Friday in the WHO Bulletin finds what the authors “described as ‘surprisingly little’ evidence that economic downturns are associated with deep cuts in aid, at least in the first few years of a financial crisis,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 2/25).
“After years of planning, fundraising and consultations, U.N. Women was officially launched Thursday,” Inter Press Service reports, describing the expectations for the agency voiced by leaders gathered at the event (D’Almeida, 2/24). The ceremonial launch took place during a meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, U.N. News Centre writes.
New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheetÂ breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…