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Food Prices Increased Significantly In 2010, WFP Data Shows

Data from the World Food Program (WFP) – available ahead of the release of its annual report – shows the cost of feeding people around the world “increased markedly in 2010 as rising grain prices pushed up the cost of staple foods,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

FAO Issues Alerts On Flood Damage In Southern Africa, Drought In China

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday issued an alert warning that “floods and heavy rains have significantly damaged whole areas of agricultural land across southern Africa and that the livelihood and food security of farmers and their families are at risk,” the Associated Press reports (2/7).

Also In Global Health News: Ethiopia Food Aid; Male Circumcision Drive In Tanzania, Swaziland; Drugs For Developing Countries; Sexual Violence In DRC; HIV/AIDS In India; Peru’s Dengue Outbreak

Ethiopian Government Says 2.8M Ethiopians Need Emergency Food Aid “Ethiopia and the United Nations said on Monday 2.8 millions Ethiopians will need emergency food aid in 2011, and appealed for $227 million to fund programmes for the first six months,” Reuters reports (2/7). According to Bloomberg, a drought in the Somali…

Republican FY 2011 Budget Proposal To Be Introduced As Legislation Soon

On Capitol Hill this week, “Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., is expected to turn [the proposed] budget allocation into legislative language with specific allocations for federal agencies. That bill would then be brought to the House floor, setting the stage for a lengthy debate as conservative Republicans seek larger cuts than [Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis).] proposed,” according to CQ (Goldfarb, 2/4).

Vatican To Host One-Day International HIV/AIDS Conference In May

The Vatican on Thursday announced it “will host an international conference in May on preventing [HIV/AIDS] and caring for those afflicted with it amid continued confusion over its position concerning condoms as a way to prevent HIV transmission,” the Associated Press reports.

Global Fund Announces Measures To Increase Fraud Detection, Prevention

The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Thursday announced “it is to launch a wide-ranging review of its procedures following concern over mismanagement of funds by countries receiving its money,” the Financial Times reports. The U.N.-backed organization “which channels $3bn [billion] a year in donor funds to developing countries, will restructure its auditing procedures and appoint outside officials to review its systems,” according to the news service (Jack, 2/3).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Here is a sampling of opinions about recent media reports of corruption and fraud in some Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants: The Lancet: Supporting the Global Fund to fight fraud (2/5). Nature: Tough on truth (2/3). Huffington Post: Why We Must Protect the Global Fund (Zeitz, 2/1).…