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U.S. To Announce About $300M In Aid To Afghanistan

News outlets report on an expected announcement from the Obama administration regarding aid to Afghanistan. Bloomberg: Afghanistan Aid of $300 Million Pledged by U.S. Agency “The U.S. is proposing almost $300 million in new aid programs over five years for Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the economy and offset…

Gates Pushed Congress To Increase Polio Eradication Funding

Los Angeles Times: Bill Gates: The world is better than ever Doyle McManus, columnist at the Los Angeles Times “Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up. … Fewer children are dying from preventable diseases, thanks partly…

Opinion Pieces Discuss New Farm Bill

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the Farm Bill, which President Obama signed into law last week. Huffington Post: The Farm Bill and International Food Aid: What You Need to Know Katie Lee, advocacy and policy coordinator for international development at InterAction “…As we move forward,…

Blogs Discuss New Farm Bill’s Impact On International Food Aid, Trade

On Friday, “President Obama signed into law the first real food aid reforms in recent memory. After two years of hard work, ONE members and our NGO partners were able to convince Congress to incorporate a number of much-needed reforms to our food aid programming into HR 2642, the Federal…

USAID Administrator Shah Says New Farm Law Will Feed More Abroad

Associated Press/Washington Post: USAID says new farm law to boost food aid abroad “U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says changes to the way the United States distributes food aid could help feed 800,000 more people abroad, many of them Syrian refugees. The changes come in a wide-ranging…

USAID Continues To Pursue Country Strategies Under Reform Agenda

Devex: USAID continues country strategy rollout, pushes deadline to end of 2014 “In line with its USAID Forward reform agenda, which aims to transform the way the largest U.S. aid agency does business, the U.S. Agency for International Development continues to prepare five-year country development cooperation strategies for the 64…

USAID, Ethiopia To Expand Partnership With Country’s Urban Health Program

Addis Standard: U.S., Ethiopia launch urban health program “The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, launched the Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program, which will promote greater health access and improved health status for more than 1.6 million households…

Congress Must Prioritize ‘Hunger As A Health Issue’

Huffington Post: A Broader Dialogue: Addressing Hunger for a Healthier Tomorrow Tony Hall, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger “…To address hunger as a health issue, my organization, the Alliance to End Hunger, has joined forces with ProMedica to host the Come to the Table Summit on Feb.…

U.S. Children Born To Immigrants Have Higher Risk Of TB Infection

Medscape: Tuberculosis: U.S.-Born Children of Immigrants at High Risk “Children born in the United States are six times more likely to have tuberculosis (TB) if at least one parent was born abroad, according to a study published online February 10 in Pediatrics. The finding prompted an accompanying editorial calling for…