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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…

USAID MCHIP’s Estimation Tool Helps Evaluate Programs Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Susan Moffson, senior program officer of the agency’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) program, examines a partnership with the Directorate of Health Services in Jharkhand state in India “to pilot an innovative approach for estimating the number of women who use a…

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…

Congressional Conference Committee Begins Debate On Food Aid Reform In Farm Bill

“The Farm Bill Conference meeting kicked off Wednesday with a strong statement from Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling for ‘common sense’ reforms to the U.S. international food aid program Food for Peace,” Devex reports. Royce “called on Congress to require that development groups…

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,”…

Reform To U.S. International Food Aid Program Likely With Growing Bipartisan Support

“I remain hopeful about nurturing at least a few seeds of bipartisanship this week as representatives from the House and Senate begin to negotiate a new farm bill,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “What brings us…

Government Officials, Experts Discuss NTDs At Recent Meeting

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog reports on an October meeting between the Global Network’s Managing Director Neeraj Mistry, Sabin Foundation Europe Board Member and Chair of the U.K. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Jeremy Lefroy, National Assembly of Niger…