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USAID Announces Award To Address Obstetric Fistula

“Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. … Fistula Care Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement with a ceiling of $74.49M. The overall…

‘No Sex For Fish’ Group Aims To Prevent HIV In Kenyan Region

Two articles examine a campaign in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region that aims to prevent the spread of HIV by ending some women’s practice of trading sex for fish. IIP Digital: ‘No Sex for Fish’ Group Helps Fight Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya “In Kenya, Peace Corps volunteers have been working…

Volunteer Physician Discusses Importance Of Funding For NTD Research

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog interviews volunteer physician Brian D’Cruz, who has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Congo Brazzaville and Central African Republic. D’Cruz discusses the “urgent need for USAID to support R&D for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like sleeping sickness,” and he says that with…

Development Aid To Haiti ‘Remains A U.S. Government Priority’

Devex: Haiti’s recovery won’t happen overnight John Groarke, USAID Mission Director in Haiti since August 2013 “International donors — among them the U.S. Agency for International Development — have learned lessons along the way in Haiti in terms of how we can do better. As the country leaves behind the…

Community Field Officers ‘Making Namibia A Healthy Nation’

In a guest post in the ONE Blog, the CDC describes the work of two Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) field officers in Namibia, where they travel to rural communities to conduct HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. “Through this work they have established strong links between health facilities and…

U.S. Congress Takes Action On Farm Bill

News outlets report on recent U.S. congressional action on a farm bill that includes food aid provisions. Devex: A glimmer of hope for U.S. food aid reform “After years of lobbying by foreign aid advocates, NGO representatives, food security experts and U.S. government officials, lawmakers might be ready to open…

PEPFAR, South African Partnership Laying Foundation For Healthier Future

Huffington Post: The Power of Partnership: Extraordinary Progress, Lessons Learned and Great Hope for the Future in South Africa Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…Our health partnership with South Africa is becoming a model for other PEPFAR-supported countries. Like any new…

U.S. Government ‘Must Help Counter’ Tobacco Industry Sales In Developing Countries

New York Times: Fitful Progress in the Antismoking Wars “…Although smoking rates among adults around the globe have fallen sharply since 1980, the number of smokers has increased significantly along with population growth and will continue to increase as national incomes and populations rise. The United States government must help…