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Coordination Essential To Success In Reducing Child Mortality

“Efforts to end … preventable child deaths will only be successful when integrated packages of interventions are available to the population most at risk,” Yehuda Benguigui, child health team leader for USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “USAID’s [MCHIP] supports two…

House, Senate Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Extend PEPFAR

“Senior U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday to extend … a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide launched 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush,” Reuters reports. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and…

USAID Blog Summarizes Events At U.N. General Assembly Meeting

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” includes daily highlights from the U.N. General Assembly meeting. In the first day’s summary, the blog includes links to an interview with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and a press release announcing a $1.15 billion commitment from the World Bank, UNICEF, the Government of Norway, and USAID for maternal…

U.S. To Host December Global Fund Replenishment Conference

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “Fourth Replenishment Conference will be hosted by the United States in Washington, D.C., in early December 2013, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced [Wednesday],” a Global Fund press release reports. “Convened once every three years, the conference will secure funding…

USAID Committed To Improving Access To Voluntary Family Planning Options

Ellen Starbird, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog” about World Contraception Day, recognized on September 26, which “draws attention to the fact that more than 222 million women in the developing world say they want to delay or avoid pregnancy but…

Leaders At U.N. Urge Continued Action To Meet MDGs

“With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) looming, United Nations officials [on Tuesday] called on countries to accelerate action to meet the global targets that have spurred the fastest reduction of poverty in human history,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Leaders, including U.N. Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark…

Congress Shows Bipartisan Support For Curbing Antibiotic Resistance

“A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding urgency to an issue lawmakers from both parties say they want to address: the rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics,” CQ Roll Call reports in an article examining the report and congressional action on the…

USAID, DfID Event Highlights Involvement Of Girls, Women In Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Alex Thier, assistant to the USAID administrator for policy, planning, and learning, writes about an event held in New York this week hosted by USAID and the U.K.’s Department for International Development, titled “MDG Countdown 2013: Girls and Women Transforming Societies.” He says, “Elevating…

Rep. Lee Introduces Bill Aimed At Ending HIV/AIDS Globally

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) last week introduced a bill — HR 3117 — aimed at “bring[ing] an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world,” according to the bill’s summary on the OpenCongress webpage. According to the text of the bill, it addresses the…