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Estimating Budget Sequestration’s Impact On Global Health, Foreign Aid

Writing in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) blog, Molly Lester, government relations associate at the USGLC, highlights a report (.pdf) released last week by the House Appropriations Committee Democrats that outlines the potential impact of budget sequestration on different agencies and issues. “From embassy security to global health to international financial institutions,…

How Feed The Future Initiative Is Working To End Extreme Poverty

“In his State of the Union address [last] week, President Obama laid out a challenge for our generation to eradicate the scourge of extreme poverty,” Lona Stoll, acting deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, and Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for global food security for Feed the Future, write in…

Groups Expect White House To Propose New Global Food Aid Approach

“The White House may soon propose the biggest change in U.S. food aid since the programs were created during the Cold War — donating cash for hunger relief instead of shipping American-grown food thousands of miles to global trouble spots, say farm groups and charities,”Reuters reports. “Groups on both sides of…

IOM Releases New ‘Evaluation of PEPFAR’

In an email alert on Wednesday, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) released a new “Evaluation of PEPFAR” report. “PEPFAR has saved and improved the lives of millions of people; supported HIV prevention, care, and treatment; strengthened systems; and engaged with partner countries to facilitate HIV policy…

Blog Examines Potential Impact Of Sequestration On Global Health

Noting “several federal agencies released new details about the impact of sequestration on their budgets and programs,” the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s Communications Officer Kim Lufkin writes in the group’s “Breakthroughs” blog, “The GHTC and others in the global health and research communities have long stressed the importance of preventing…

Blog Profiles Ranking Republican On Senate HHS Appropriations Subcommittee

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog profiles Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Moran is an advocate of funding for the National Institutes of Health, the blog notes, adding that…

New IOM Report Highlights PEPFAR’s Successes, Makes Recommendations For Continued Progress

PEPFAR “has saved and improved millions of lives worldwide and offered proof that HIV/AIDS services can be effectively delivered on a large scale even in countries with high rates of disease and resource constraints, says a new congressionally mandated evaluation conducted by the Institute of Medicine” (IOM) and released on Wednesday, a press…

PEPFAR Has Helped Millions, But ‘Hard Work’ Lies Ahead To Sustain Gains

PEPFAR, initiated in 2003, is “the largest global health initiative ever undertaken focused on a single disease,” a Washington Post editorial writes, noting, “Now, after four years of work, some 400 interviews and visits to 13 nations, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has provided [an] examination of this incredibly…

Coalition Of Aid Groups Warn Of Sequestration’s Effects On Humanitarian Aid In Open Letter

“A coalition of aid groups including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, InterAction, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Refugees International, World Vision, and many others delivered a letter [.pdf] to the White House and Congress Wednesday pointing out that 2013 has already been a year where the resources devoted to humanitarian assistance have…

Recommendations For PEPFAR To Improve Data Collection, Use, Distribution

Noting the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) PEPFAR evaluation and an October 2012 report of the Data Working Group (DWG) of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Mead Over and Rachel Silverman of the Center for Global Development propose in the group’s “Global Health Policy” blog “four recommendations where there seems to be…