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GlobalPost Interviews PAI Official Regarding 'Global Gag Rule'

Following a House Foreign Affairs Committee vote last week to reinstate and expand the “global gag rule” in the FY12 Foreign Relations Authorization Act (HR 2583), GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog features an interview with “Craig Lasher, the director of U.S. government relations at Population Action International, about the global gag rule,…

House Committee Votes To Reinstate 'Global Gag Rule'

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday voted to “reinstate a ban on providing foreign aid to groups that perform abortions or provide advice about the procedure,” The Hill’s “HealthWatch” blog reports on the “so-called ‘global gag rule’” (Baker, 7/21).

U.S. Must Implement Long-Term Strategies In Food Security

In a post on USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah describes the U.S. response to the drought in the Horn of Africa, as well as his visit on Wednesday to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. “Since October 2010, the U.S. Government has provided $459 million in life-saving aid to…

Clinton Discusses Clean Cookstove Initiative In India

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday “used a visit to India to highlight the damage done to women and children’s health in poor countries by poor quality stoves,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/20). During her visit, Clinton announced that two major Indian trade federations would sign on to the clean cookstove initiative, which could help spread the concept as well as new cookstove technology, Reuters writes.

State Department, USAID Briefing On Horn Of Africa

On Tuesday, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary for African Affairs; Reuben Brigety, principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Ambassador Donald Steinberg, USAID deputy administrator; and USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg held a special press briefing to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of…

Shah Discusses Importance Of Partnerships In Global Health

The Malaria Policy Center’s “Malaria Watch” blog describes comments made by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah during a recent global health community call. During the call, Shah “stressed that to solve global health issues there needs to be shared ‘responsibility across all partners.’ Partnerships help ‘save money, and saving money can save…