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InterAction Global Health Briefing Provides Recommendations To Congress, Administration

“If the United States does not follow through on global health commitments, there could be a reversal or stagnation of recent gains in reducing maternal deaths and incidences of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and other diseases in developing countries, warns a report published [Monday],” titled “Global Health: Investing in Our Future,”…

Rally For Medical Research Supports Continued Funding For NIH, Other R&D

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes the Rally for Medical Research that took place on Monday in Washington, D.C. An estimated 8,000 survivors and activists participated, showing support for medical research funding, including money that is slated to be cut from the federal budget under the so-called…

Opinion Pieces, Blogs Address World Health Day

To mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO in 1948, the international community on April 7 observed World Health Day. This year’s theme was high blood pressure, or hypertension. The following is a summary of opinion pieces and blog posts addressing the day. Françoise Castex, Devex: “This year…

Blogs, Opinion Pieces Recognize 1,000 Day Milestone Until End Of MDGs

April 5 marked 1,000 days until the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed to by the U.N. in 2000 as the world’s first development agenda. International discussions are underway to determine the post-2015 development agenda. Several blog posts and opinion pieces recently addressed the milestone. Steve Feldstein, USAID’s…

Cuts To NIH ‘Inconsistent’ With University Interest In Global Health Research

“As the debate over federal budget allocations and cuts continues, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a leading funder for both domestic and global health research, could experience a whopping $1 billion budget cut,” Karen Siegel and colleagues from Emory University write in the Health Affairs Blog. “To date, modest…

Blog Summarizes Discussion On HIV Treatment For Children Under PEPFAR

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes “a public discussion [last] week of the Institute of Medicine’s report” on PEPFAR, during which some experts raised the issue of HIV treatment for children. The blog summarizes the discussion, saying staff members of the Office of the Global AIDS…

Public Health Leaders File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Case Challenging ‘Anti-Prostitution Pledge’

“The case of the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by [PEPFAR] create policies ‘explicitly’ condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A brief filed Wednesday in the…

USAID Releases New Issue Of ‘FrontLines’

The March/April issue of USAID’s “FrontLines” focuses on access to safe water and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In his “Insights” column, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes, “While we have seen tremendous progress — halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water since 1990 — we still…

NPR Examines Debate Over Rumors Of Changes To U.S. Food Aid Operations

“[R]umors … that the White House is planning major changes in the way that the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries” have “set off an emotional debate” in Washington, D.C., NPR’s “Morning Edition” reports. “America’s policies on food aid are singularly generous — and…