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Advocacy Groups Welcome Birx Confirmation To Head U.S. Government’s AIDS Efforts

“Advocates began lauding the long-awaited confirmation of Dr. Deborah Birx as the new global AIDS ambassador yesterday as soon as the Senate finished unanimously voting for the former head of the CDC’s Global AIDS Program to take over former Ambassador Eric Goosby’s position as the head of PEPFAR,” the Center…

Senate Confirms Deborah Birx As New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“The Senate [on Wednesday] confirmed the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx, filling the post to lead the world’s largest health program with a career physician researcher who has headed two previous international AIDS programs. Dr. Deborah Birx comes to the post from CDC’s Global AIDS Program and previously led the…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Disrupt Country’s Health Care, Officials, Activists Say

IRIN: Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda “Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists, and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

To Address Globalization, FDA Focuses On Transforming Into Global Health Organization

Roll Call: As Food and Drug Imports Increase, FDA Focuses on Becoming Global Health Organization “The Food and Drug Administration is tasked with overseeing the safety and quality of most of the food, medical devices, drugs, biological products, vaccines, and cosmetics in the United States. But every year, more and…

USAID Launches Water Innovation Prizes In Recognition Of World Water Day

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” in recognition of World Water Day, USAID Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Christian Holmes discusses U.S. government efforts to invest in water. In particular, USAID is launching the Desal Prize, a prize “in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Ministry of…

GHTC Briefing Highlights Importance Of U.S. Global Health R&D Funding

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, Senior Program Assistant Nick Taylor discusses a recent “briefing — GHTC’s fifth annual where we launched our 2014 policy report — [that] brought together leading voices from the nonprofit, philanthropic, public, and private sectors to reinforce the importance of robust…