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HHS Assistant Secretary For Global Affairs Recognizes World Hepatitis Day

“World Hepatitis Day — observed annually on July 28 — is a day to remember the millions around the world, as well as those here in the U.S., who have lost their lives to or are suffering from viral hepatitis,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire writes in…

USAID Announces 2 New Feed The Future Innovation Labs

“[A]t the U.S. launch of the Feed the Future 2013 Progress Report [on Thursday], [USAID] Administrator Rajiv Shah announced two new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to improve climate resilience in some of Africa’s main cereal crops and increase private sector investment that can help smallholder farmers,” a USAID press…

Advocates, Humanitarian Workers Discuss South Sudan At White House Event

“In response to the political crisis in South Sudan and the deeply troubling violence in Jonglei state, the White House [on Wednesday] hosted [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and advocacy groups to discuss the situation and confer on how the United States — in concert with partners and allies around the world…

With PEPFAR Support, Initiative Works To Improve Palliative Care Delivery In Tanzania

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, published as part of a series of posts “written by one of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s 30+ member organizations,” Hayden Peters and Jeremy Taglieri of FHSSA, formerly the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, discuss the…

House Appropriations Committee Debates FY14 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

“The House Appropriations Committee met on Wednesday to debate and amend the [FY 2014] State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which emerged from subcommittee level last week” and “funds U.S. diplomatic and foreign assistance programs, as well as contributions to international multilateral organizations and initiatives,” Devex reports (Igoe, 7/25). The…

Jill Biden Reflects On USAID’s Maternal, Child Health Efforts In India

In a post in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, examines the issue of maternal and child health in India, reflecting on her experiences as she travels through the country. “Yesterday I wrote about my time in Kachhpura and how they are working to…

USAID Blog Interviews Feed The Future’s Deputy Coordinator For Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of the blog’s “Behind the Scenes” interview series, Tjada McKenna, deputy coordinator for development with Feed the Future, examines the issue of global hunger and discusses the program’s progress. According to the blog, McKenna gives a brief history of Feed the…

World Needs More Midwives To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Achieve Health MDGs

“[M]aternal mortality remains a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa where around 162,000 mothers die every year, leaving close to one million African children motherless,” Ugandan midwife Esther Madudu writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “The reason is that 40 percent of African women do not receive basic prenatal…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved, by a voice vote, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (.pdf), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total…