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Examining Sequestration’s Effects On Global Health Spending

“Although we’re several days into sequestration, details about the full impact of funding cuts are still hazy,” Kim Lufkin, communications officer of the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), writes in the group’s “Breakthroughs” blog, noting, “On [March 1], the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report [.pdf] to Congress, which…

PEPFAR Should Consider Performance-Based Financing

“The recent IOM evaluation of PEPFAR made clear that a key challenge for the program moving forward will be to get country governments to effectively assume primary responsibility of AIDS programs in their countries, both in terms of finances and ‘leadership,'” Victoria Fan and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development…

Health Programs Should Address Gender Violence

Noting the potential “devastating and lasting” health impacts of physical and sexual violence on women and girls, Scott Radloff, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “The health sector can play a vital role in preventing gender-based violence by helping to identify abuse early,…

Blog Examines U.S. Progress In Gender Equality, Calls On NGOs To Do Their Part

“The past four years have brought some exciting changes in the U.S. government when it comes to progress in gender equality,” Maryce Ramsey, senior gender equality adviser for IntraHealth International, writes in the organization’s “Global Health Blog.” She highlights a memorandum issued by President Obama in January stating “that ‘promoting gender…

Sebelius Lauds Benefits Of Investing In Health Of Women, Girls At CSIS Event

Speaking at a Center for Strategic & International Studies event on U.S. policy priorities for women’s global health during the second Obama term on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that “[n]o other investment has a bigger payoff than investing in the health of women and girls,”…

Examining The Need For Better Data, Policy, Services To Prevent GBV

“This past week I traveled to India and Burma to meet with leaders of the private sector, civil society, and government who are charting their nations’ bright and prosperous futures,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah reports in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” Highlighting the observance of International Women’s Day on Friday, he writes,…

Single-Dose H1N1 Vaccine Wins Approval In China

The Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech Ltd. on Monday announced its H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine won the approval of a panel of experts from China’s State Food and Drug Administration, the Associated Press/Forbes reports.