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Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights USAID’s Role In Global Health R&D

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog reports on a Capitol Hill briefing — which took place Tuesday and was sponsored by GHTC and PATH — “focused on the critical role USAID plays in supporting lifesaving global health research and development (R&D) for new health tools.” The blog adds,…

USAID Assistant Administrator Reflects On WHO TB Report

“I applaud the [WHO] on the release of the Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, which includes among its recommendations, a call to action to reach millions of people still awaiting quality tuberculosis (TB) care and a stronger approach to fighting the emerging threat of multidrug-resistant TB,” USAID Assistant Administrator for Global…

USAID’s Disaster Assistance Helps India Avoid More Deaths After Cyclone

Noting a cyclone killed at least 10,000 people on the east coast of India in 1999, and a similar cyclone last week hit the same area, resulting in about 50 fatalities, Jeremy Konyndyk, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID, writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…

International Community ‘Must Act Quickly’ To Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians

“The world already knows that [Syria's] Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, indiscriminate bombing, arbitrary detentions, rape, and torture against his own citizens,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. “What is far less well known, and equally intolerable, is the systematic denial of…

Blogs Examine U.S. Agency, Initiative Rankings In Aid Transparency Index

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” CGD’s Ben Leo, Charles Kenny and Will McKitterick discuss Publish What You Fund’s (PWYF) recently released Aid Transparency Index rankings and present “our own extremely modest scheme for classifying U.S. agencies’ performance into the good, the bad,…

Capitol Hill Briefings Examine Health Inequities, Cholera In LAC

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ (NTDs) “End the Neglect” blog describes two Capitol Hill briefings held last week “discussing the regional inequities in health and the cholera epidemic” in Latin America. According to the blog, a briefing titled “‘Public Health in Latin America’ was hosted by Representative Sam Farr…

Blogs Examine Report On TB R&D Funding

“The 2013 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends: 2005-2012 presents eight years of funding data” and “finds that after seven years of slow and unsteady increases in funding, TB [research and development (R&D)] investors reported a drop in spending in 2012 that threatens to undermine the tenuous gains made since…

Devex Examines Potential For Reform Of U.S. Food Aid Program

“For months, U.S. development officials, [non-governmental organization (NGO)] leaders and President Barack Obama have championed changes to the nation’s 50-year-old system for delivering food to developing and crisis-afflicted countries,” but “[f]or any of the momentum gained from those efforts to make a difference this year, reform advocates will have to…

U.S. Should Continue, Expand TB Technical Assistance

“Through [USAID], the [CDC], and [PEPFAR], the U.S. provides either directly or indirectly more than 70 percent of external technical assistance provided to national TB programs, according to WHO estimates. The U.S. also is a major supporter of the Global Fund, pledging nearly a third of the organization’s funding since…

Number Of Malaria Cases Reported In U.S. At Highest Level In 40 Years, CDC Reports

The number of “U.S. malaria cases are at their highest level in four decades, mostly from Americans bringing home an unwelcome souvenir from their travels,” the Associated Press reports (Stobbe, 10/31). “Some 1,925 cases were reported in the country in 2011, the most seen in a single year since 1971,”…