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LAC Health Summit Addresses Inequities In Health Status

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of “a series to coincide with A Promise Renewed in the Americas: ‘Reducing Inequalities in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Summit’ during September 10-12 in Panama,” Veronica Valdivieso, deputy health team leader for USAID’s Regional Sustainable Development Office, Latin America and…

Addressing Gender Inequalities To Save Lives In LAC

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of “a series to coincide with A Promise Renewed in the Americas: ‘Reducing Inequalities in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Summit’ during September 10-12 in Panama,” USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez highlights the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)…

NPR Examines How U.S. Military Strikes In Syria Could Hinder Humanitarian Efforts

Noting the WHO “says the Syrian civil war is currently the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis on earth,” labeling “the situation a ‘Grade 3’ emergency, which is its highest alert level — reserved for an event ‘with substantial public health consequences that requires a substantial international response,'” NPR’s “Shots” blog and…

CFR Blog Examines Debate Over TPP Tobacco Regulation Proposals

In a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) “Expert Brief,” Thomas Bollyky, a CFR senior fellow for global health, economics, and development, examines debate over the treatment of tobacco under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “the pending trade deal between the United States and eleven other countries.” He continues, “The White House…

Independent Audit Critical Of USAID Funds For Afghan Health Projects

“An independent audit released Thursday accused [USAID] of ‘reckless disregard toward the management of U.S. taxpayer dollars,’ prompting an angry rebuttal from the agency leading American reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan,” the Los Angeles Times reports (Bengali, 9/5). “In its latest report [.pdf] sharply criticizing U.S. government aid programs, the Office…

USAID, Walmart Sign MOU To Work Together On Development Programs

USAID, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation “signed on Monday a Memorandum of Understanding expected to integrate the world’s largest retailer’s supply chains with the Feed the Future program,” Devex reports. “While it remains unclear whether the MOU establishes any binding commitments for either party, the partnership is expected to focus…

Walmart, USAID Partnership To Help Farmers, Women, Youth

In a post in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition blog, Sarah Thorn, senior director of federal government relations for Walmart and vice president of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, writes about the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Walmart and USAID to work…

Secretary Kerry Reaffirms U.S. Commitment To Help Swaziland Address HIV/AIDS Epidemic

“The U.S. has restated its commitment to working with Swaziland to fight HIV/AIDS in the African country, where the disease poses a major challenge to socio-economic development,” PANA/Afrique Jet reports. “‘Our productive collaboration has helped the people of Swaziland make steady progress towards an AIDS-free generation,’ U.S. Secretary of State…

Malaysian Newspaper Profiles Ambassador Goosby

Malaysia’s “The Star” profiles Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, recounting his early career as a doctor in San Francisco, where he treated HIV/AIDS patients at the San Francisco General Hospital. “Now, almost three decades on,…

MSF Webcast Examines Issues Of Access To Medicines

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) features an archived webcast from September 5 of “a short preview and discussion of [the new documentary] ‘Fire In The Blood’ and current U.S. government trade and global health policies, with expert panelists, including the film’s director, as they examine this history and explain…