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Harvard School Of Public Health Conference Recognizes PEPFAR Achievements

PEPFAR “has played a major role in changing the course of the global AIDS epidemic,” Harvard Magazine reports. “On January 10, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recognized that achievement, and its own role therein, by hosting a conference titled ‘PEPFAR in Africa: HSPH’s Role in the Largest Public Health Endeavor in…

92% Of Voters Surveyed Favor U.S. Support Of WHO, Better World Campaign Poll Shows

A new poll (.pdf) released on Wednesday by the Better World Campaign (BWC) “found that 61 percent of voters see the WHO favorably and 92 percent say the United States should continue contributing money to the agency,” The Hill’s “Healthwatch” blog reports. “The BWC touted its figures and argued U.S. funding for…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines New Senate Committee Members’ Support For Global Health

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog profiles Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), discusses their different committee appointments, and examines their support for global health initiatives. “With chairs hailing from two states that serve as headquarters to global health agenda setters, and…

Involving Youth In Shaping Global Development Agenda

“The first-ever USAID Youth in Development Policy (PDF) … provides important opportunities to involve global youth in shaping our development agenda and advancing their health and rights,” the Youth Health and Rights Coalition writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” Given that “nearly half of the world’s population — some three billion people…

Republican Rep. Ed Royce To Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog profiles Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who will chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee. According to the blog, “Royce brings a mixed record on global health support to the post, having voted yes to the original Leadership Act that authorized the $15…

IRIN Examines Global Food Situation For 2013

“IRIN — with the help of food experts, the most recent reports from [the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — reflects on the global food situation in 2012 and the outlook for 2013,” the news service reports. The article includes comments from representatives…

GHTC Blog Discusses Potential Impact Of Sequestration On Global Health R&D

In the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, Ashley Bennett, senior policy associate at GHTC, “provide[s] a summary of what the compromise means for the federal budget, and what might happen to global health and international development programs.” She discusses the “new ‘fiscal cliff’ date … when the new…

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case Challenging Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“The Supreme Court agreed [on Friday] to consider whether the government can require groups that receive federal funding for overseas HIV/AIDS programs to have explicit policies that oppose prostitution and sex trafficking,” Reuters reports. The case “involves the government’s effort to overturn a July 2011 lower court decision voiding the policy requirement set forth…

What Will Obama Say About Global Development In His State Of The Union Address?

In a Devex commentary, Devex President Raj Kumar speculates about what President Barack Obama might say about global development in his upcoming State of the Union address. “The president has made clear his view that global development is a top national security priority,” he writes, adding, “It seems logical that he…