U.N. officials and aid groups “expressed alarm on Tuesday that the plight of millions of Pakistanis flooded from their land has yet to strike a sufficiently sympathetic nerve among donors â€“ neither governments nor the general public â€“ with aid trickling in far more slowly than needed,” the New York Times reports.
US Global Health Policy
State Department Report Documents U.S. Efforts To Expand Developing Countries’ Access To Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation
The State Department on Monday released its 5th annual Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act report (.pdf) to Congress detailing “U.S. efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries,” NAN/234NEXT.com reports (8/17).
At an event on Friday in Seattle, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discussed foreign aid efficacy and ways “to streamline the federal agency and to help make the whole U.S. aid budget easier to understand and track,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports. Shah said that the Obama administration is concerned about foreign aid transparency and its effectiveness, adding: “The president continues to live up to the overall commitment to develop foreign assistance.”
‘Heart-Wrenching’ Pakistan Floods Need More Aid From International Community, U.N. Secretary-General Says
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that the flooding in Pakistan is the worst natural disaster he has seen and called on the international community to expedite the aid effort, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ban traveled to flooded areas of the country and surveyed damage on Sunday (Rodriguez, 8/16).
Opinions: Abortion In Canada’s G8 Initiative; Security Of Afghan Women; U.S. Global Development Strategy; Mother’s Day; U.S. Food Security Initiative; Polio Eradication
Abortions Are ‘One Small Chunk Of Bigger Puzzle’ For Improving Maternal, Child Health National Post columnist Jonathan Kay examines the ongoing debate over whether Canada’s G8 child and maternal health initiative should include abortions, which according to a 2006 Oxford University Press-World Bank report, are “one small chunk of a…
A three-day conference exploring ways to increase access to family planning services in Africa kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, Capital FM reports. The meeting, which is hosted by USAID, will bring together “USAID’s partners in Sub Saharan Africa who include Angola, Burundi, [Democratic Republic of Congo], Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan and Tanzania,” to work to identify gaps in reproductive and family planning services and address ways to reach out to populations in need, the news service writes (Karong’o, 5/11).
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Wednesday at the Food Security Investment Forum outlined U.S. plans for its food security partnership with Bangladesh as part of the Feed the Future intiative, the Daily Star reports. The goal of the two-day forum was “to help Bangladesh finalise a roadmap for future investments in food and agriculture,” the publication writes (5/27).
G8’s ‘Disappointing Track Record’ In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, columnist Barbara Yaffe writes aboutÂ the “disappointing track record of delivery on past G8 aid promises” in light of recent concern over Canada’s announcement that it will not fund abortionÂ in its G8 initiative. Yaffe includes several quotes from Julio Montaner, president…
“[O]n his first visit to Africa since taking charge as the administrator of USAID in January,” Rajiv Shah said in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday that the agency “is working to make Africa a bigger priority within the organization,” the Associated Press writes. USAID, which “funds and runs programs to improve health, food security, democracy and entrepreneurship in Africa,” has offices in 23 countries on the continent, according to the AP (5/15).
Also In Global Health News: Aid, Polio In Pakistan; Abortion In Africa; NGO Licenses; India’s Maternal Mortality Rates; HIV/AIDS In Philippines; MDGs
U.S. Aid To Pakistan; Anti-Polio Efforts Politico examines the debate over how the U.S. should spend its aid to Pakistan, which has “new urgency after the Times Square car bomb attempt May 1.” According to Politico, “[m]ajor U.S. investments are now envisioned in energy, agriculture and education. The article looks…