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Rep. Lee Reflects On Her Attendance At U.N. General Assembly

In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) reflects on her attendance at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. “Every year since the early days of the United Nations, two representatives have been sent from Congress to participate in the U.N. General Assembly,” she notes,…

Secretary Kerry Commends U.S., Botswana Partnership Against AIDS

In a message to Botswana on the occasion of its 47th independence anniversary on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the partnership between the U.S. and Botswana in the fight against HIV/AIDS “has made ‘important strides,’ but that the battle is not over,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports (10/1). “Our shared…

CGD Blog Examines PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Act Of 2013

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Policy Outreach Associate Jenny Ottenhoff examines the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 (S 1545/HR 3177), “which aims to extend and modernize the landmark U.S. global AIDS program.” She writes, “The bill is short (18 pages!), has…

USAID Helping Families In Cote d’Ivoire

“USAID is helping communities in rural Cote d’Ivoire develop economic resiliency,” Andrea Halverson, deputy health officer for USAID Cote d’Ivoire, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” She continues, “Through our partners SAVE the Children and AVSI, we are supporting several types of economic strengthening activities, all of which increase the productive…

Aid Community Variously Affected By Government Shutdown, Devex Reports

“The immediate impact of a government shutdown on U.S. foreign aid programs is expected to be minimal, and guidance given to implementing partners suggests that almost all grants and contracts will continue to be funded for the foreseeable future,” Devex reports. “A longer-term shutdown, though, could delay payments to contractors…

CDC Report Examines Threat Of Nearly 2 Dozen Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes

“The U.S. faces ‘potentially catastrophic consequences’ if it does not act immediately to combat drug resistance which already kills an estimated 23,000 people a year,” the CDC warned in a report released on Monday, The Guardian reports (McVeigh, 9/17). “In [its] 114-page report, the agency detailed for the first time…

Washington Post Blog Interviews Elton John About Philanthropic Work Through AIDS Foundation

The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” interviews Elton John about his philanthropic work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, “a major non-profit working on HIV prevention, as well as care and treatment for those with the disease.” According to the interview transcript, John reflects on funding research for vaccine and antiretroviral development,…

Public, Private Sectors Should Address Antibiotic Resistance After Latest CDC Warning

Noting CDC Director Tom Frieden on Monday released a report showing “two million people in the United States are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result,” a Washington Post editorial states, “The global toll is certainly much higher.” The editorial asks, “What is being…

CDC Launches New Disease Detection Center In Bangladesh

The CDC on Tuesday “launched its eighth global disease detection center in Bangladesh,” Bangladesh News 24 reports. “A two-year ‘extensive’ disease detection course also started off at the government’s disease monitoring arm, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR),” the news service writes, adding, “With this, the institute…

State Department, USAID Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated World Humanitarian Day, recognized on August 19, saying, “This is an important day for all of us to pause and join with our colleagues in honoring the committed staff who work to save the lives of others, often at great risk…

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