On his final day in India as part of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour, President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the joint session of the Indian Parliament in New Dehli, where he emphasized the importance of U.S.-Indian partnerships to tackle disease and improve education, Indo-Asian News Service/Hindustan Times reports (11/8). “Because the wealth of a nation also depends on the health of its people, we’ll continue to support India’s effort against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript from his address (11/8).
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The Washington Post examines development experts’ “mixed reactions” to the recent roll out of the State Department’s draft Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which would give USAID “a bigger role in running President [Barack] Obama’s two main foreign aid initiatives â€“ health and agriculture.”
The Guardian examines the reflections of former President George W. Bush on “the $15bn President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) which distributed antiretroviral drugs to keep people with HIV alive,” as the president describes in his recently released memoir, Decision Points.
Opinions: G20 Development Approach; Defense Of DDT For Malaria Control; U.S. Foreign Aid; Human Trafficking
G20 Development Plans Must Expand Economic Growth Of World’s Poorest Countries Leaders have been “debating how to ‘rebalance’ the global economy and reform financial institutions – all challenging subjects. But I also am reminding my colleagues that all these goals, however crucial, are insufficient,”Â Lee Myung-bak, the president of the Republic…
During a stop in Indonesia on Tuesday as part of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour, President Barack Obama together with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a U.S.-Indonesia partnership that “will encompass a variety of key issues such as science, technology, health and trade. A special emphasis was placed on education and climate change,” United Press International reports (Lasagni, 11/9).
Sen. Lugar Highlights Potential Bioterrorism Threat Posed By Unsecured Medical Facilities In East Africa
Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) on Friday said that poorly secured medical laboratories in East African countries, which hosts insurgent groups linked to Al Qaeda, are vulnerable to bioterrorism, Agence France-Presse reports.
Lancet World Report examines elements of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Global Development Policy strategy that he unveiled during the U.N. summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September. The article summarizes the new approaches described in the U.S. Global Development Policy, pulling direct quotes from Obama’s speech, before writing, “Despite the excitement over a more unified, rational U.S. foreign assistance policy, concerns continue about the slow pace and lack of details. Some also worry that although an important goal of the new approach is to streamline and better organise the assistance structure, they say it remains unwieldy.”
Also In Global Health News: Male Circumcisions In Zimbabwe; Ruling On China’s First HIV Discrimination Case; Business And Global Health; HIV/AIDS In Africa
USAID-Backed ProgramÂ Facilitates Male CircumcisionsÂ In Zimbabwe The Canadian Press reports on how a USAID-backed program operating in Zimbabwe is helpingÂ provide male circumcision services. Despite what the article describes as tension between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and the U.S., the “program, begun in May 2009, has carried out 12,000 circumcisions. The U.S.…
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “began rolling out her long-awaited revamp of U.S. diplomatic strategy on Wednesday, meeting lawmakers to discuss the ‘Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review’ (QDDR) that is expected to be formally announced later this year,” Reuters reports.
Inter Press Service explores some advocates’ concerns over how the “new emphasis in Washington on reducing government spending” could affect U.S. funding for global health programs, including HIV/AIDS. Come January, “Republicans will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and have made it clear that reducing government spending in order to close the government’s budget deficit will be a top priority,” the news service writes.