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Foreign Assistance Is ‘Smart,’ ‘Right Thing To Do’

“We are living through the greatest improvements in child survival and health in human history, and it is thanks in large part to U.S. poverty-focused development assistance, aka ‘foreign aid,’” Rev. John McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, and Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World,…

Blog Interviews Temptime Executive About Global Health Partnership With USAID

In a post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, the first in “a new blog series to highlight the impact of USAID’s commitment to global health research and development (R&D),” the coalition interviews Ted Prusik, senior vice president of Temptime, “a New Jersey-based company that has made a…

Capitol Hill Briefing Examines Advances In Diagnostic Technology For Global Health

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a Capitol Hill briefing last week that examined “how progress in diagnostic technology is accelerating progress against HIV, TB, malaria, and other emerging infectious diseases.” Noting the briefing was sponsored by CDC and AdvaMedDx, the blog quotes Thomas Kenyon…

Budget Deal’s Impact On Foreign Assistance Unknown, Devex Reports

“Bipartisan negotiators announced on Tuesday a deal on the U.S. federal budget that — despite modest spending cuts — hopes to end the three-year-long impasse which led to sequestration,” Devex reports. “At this stage and while details of the budget proposal are still being unveiled, … [s]upporters of the bill…

Devex Examines USAID’s ‘Extreme Poverty Agenda’

“USAID is working to align its programs with President Barack Obama’s call to help eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. But some agency staff and partners are losing their patience over the administration’s ever-expanding list of development and health initiatives and the metrics that accompany them,” Devex reports. The news service…

USAID Working To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Alex Thier, assistant to the USAID administrator for policy, planning, and learning, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about a recent panel held “at the Brookings Institution to discuss a bold vision of a world without extreme poverty by 2030.” He continues, “At USAID, we recognize that — for the first time…

Blog Highlights Recent Global Health News, Including Kerry Testimony On Disability Treaty

In a news summary, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog notes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testified last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Convention of the Rights of People With Disabilities. The blog also highlights a statement from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel…

Senate Should Ratify U.N. Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

“Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has revived … the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities,” a New York Times editorial states, noting the Senate last year “fell five votes short of ratifying [the] international treaty that…

USAID Blog Recognizes 10 Years Of PEPFAR Ahead Of World AIDS Day

USAID is observing World AIDS Day on December 1 “by celebrating 10 years of our HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR,” the agency’s “IMPACTblog” notes in two separate posts. In the first post, Goli Fassihian, senior public affairs adviser for the Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS, writes, “PEPFAR was,…