The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday unanimously voted to approve a $59 billion war funding measure that includes “more than $5 billion to replenish disaster aid accounts, as well as funding for Haitian earthquake relief,” the Associated Press reports (Taylor, 5/13).
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Zimbabwe Launches Child Immunization Campaign, Hoping To Drive Down Outbreaks Of Measles Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the WHO on Monday launched an effort to vaccinate five million children between six months and 15 years against a host of diseases, including measles, the Herald/allAfrica.com reports (5/25). The campaign comes…
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday is expected to mark up a bill that would “authorize $3.5 billion in reconstruction funds for Haiti over five years” and would also require USAID “to submit a long-term reconstruction plan to Congress as well as mandate the president to appoint a senior policy coordinator for Haiti,” The Hill reports (Bogardus, 5/23).
WHO Bulletin Editorial Reflects On Health-Related MDGs Progress, Challenges After highlighting successes and failuresÂ of efforts to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an editorial appearing in the WHO Bulletin reflects, “[t]he variable progress achieved begs the question of the feasibility of the MDG goals and targets. â€¦ The MDGs…
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will arrive in Bangladesh on Tuesday to participate in the Food Security Investment Forum and other meetings, All Headline News reports (5/23).
Also In Global Health News: Child Mortality In DRC; Low-Cost ARVs; Promoting Agriculture In Pakistan; Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Bill
Already High Child Mortality Exacerbated By Conflict In DRC The Associated Press/Washington Post examine how in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “ongoing rebel attacks and poor health care have produced a generation of mourning mothers and fathers, many of whom have lost more children than they are raising.” According…
The Obama administration’s Feed the Future initiative will focus efforts on scaling up local food production in a small number of countries, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said Thursday during a speech outlining the principles in the Feed the Future Guide, which was released at the daylong symposium, Reuters reports (Abbott, 5/20).
A Lancet World Report article examines the decision to restore USAID’s policy department as part of broader reform efforts at the agency.
The Senate has passed a nearly $60 billion supplemental spending bill that includes funding for Haiti relief and recovery from the January 12 earthquake, Roll Call reports (Brady, 5/27). The total amount included in the bill for Haiti is $2.8 billion dollars, Agence France-Presse reports (5/28).
Lancet Infectious Diseases Calls For Sustained Effort To Eradicate Polio A Lancet Infectious Diseases Leading Edge article examines the history of the global efforts to control polio and the challenges associated with targets to globally eradicate the disease. “The eradication of polio seems imminent, but with so few cases, there…