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U.S. Health Officials Outline New Policies For Funding Research On H5N1 Avian Flu, Other Potentially Dangerous Agents

“U.S. health authorities [on Thursday] outlined the conditions for funding research on the H5N1 bird flu virus a month after scientists lifted a yearlong pause on the work that was imposed amid concerns it could be used by terrorists,” Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 2/21). “One policy, released by [HHS], applies only to scientists seeking funds for…

USAID Pledges $20M In Humanitarian Aid To Somalia

“Signaling the latest step forward in rapidly strengthening U.S.-Somalia relations, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development spent five hours in Mogadishu on Thursday, the highest ranking U.S. administration official to visit Somalia’s capital in years,” theAssociated Press reports (Guled/Straziuso, 2/21). Rajiv Shah “spent five hours … in the…

Examining Potential Changes To U.S. Food Aid Programs

“There are rumors that U.S. food aid programs could see major changes in the next budget, including converting some of the Food for Peace program into straight cash grants instead of in-kind food assistance,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow of global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Discusses Global Health Diplomacy At Kaiser Family Foundation Event

“As the federal government works to reform America’s beleaguered health system, the State Department’s new Office of Global Health Diplomacy is trying integrate the U.S. government’s international health aid efforts and help governments in developing countries create sustainable health care funding and care models,” Government Health IT reports, highlighting a town hall…

U.S. Announces Non-Lethal Aid To Syrian Opposition, Including Food, Medical Supplies

“The U.S. unveiled a package of non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition, as the U.K. was expected to provide combat gear, in a new Western effort to support the fight against President Bashar al-Assad that Syrian rebels immediately blasted as insufficient,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Solomon/Malas, 2/28). “U.S. Secretary of…

Shrinking U.S. Investment In Scientific R&D ‘Affects The Whole World’

In his State of the Union address on February 12, President Barack Obama “called for a new era of scientific discovery,” an Economist editorial states, adding, “This would mean spending more on research.” But “[a]s The Economist went to press, America’s government was about to do the opposite,” the editorial states, noting federal spending…

GHTC Congressional Briefing Focuses On Protecting Global Health Research Investments

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Communications Officer Kim Lufkin summarizes the group’s annual congressional briefing, “which focused on how U.S. policymakers can protect the nation’s investments in global health research in upcoming budget discussions.” She writes, “As the panelists stressed, there are several compelling…

GlobalPost Reports On IOM Evaluation Of PEPFAR

GlobalPost reports on “[a]n independent evaluation of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), released [February 20] by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),” writing that the report “lauded the program’s achievements as proof that HIV services can be delivered successfully on a large scale” and “also recommended several changes to the program, to ensure…

Secretary Clinton Worked To Elevate Women’s Rights; Kerry Should Continue Her Work

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “College” blog about Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, Alecia deCoudreaux, president of Mills College, states that Clinton “pushed for recognition of women’s rights as a worldwide humanitarian cause, identifying the connection between the advancement of women’s equality and global stability.” In addition, “Clinton…