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Senate Foreign Relations Committee To Mark Up $3.5B Haiti Reconstruction Bill

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).

Recent Releases In Global Health

WHO Bulletin Editorial Reflects On Health-Related MDGs Progress, Challenges After highlighting successes and failures 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. … The MDGs…

Feed The Future Guide For Obama Administration’s Food Security Plan Released

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).

Lancet Examines Efforts To Reform USAID

A Lancet World Report article examines the decision to restore USAID’s policy department as part of broader reform efforts at the agency.

Recent Releases In Global Health

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…