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Showing PEPFAR Effectiveness And Value Important In Face Of Budget Negotiations

With “[l]ooming budget cuts for FY2012 and recent reports about the decline in AIDS funding from the USG in FY2010 relative to FY2009 … now, more than ever, PEPFAR needs to better demonstrate the effectiveness and value of its programs,” Nandini Oomman, director of the HIV/AIDS Monitor at the Center…

USAID Helps Improve Maternal, Child Health Care At Pakistani Hospital

This post in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog looks at Fatima Jinnah Women’s Hospital, “one of more than 80 Pakistani medical facilities that the United States has helped renovate in recent years in Pakistan” and describes how medical personnel at the facility “demonstrated the benefits that new equipment and training…

U.S. Offers North Korea Flood Assistance, Considering Food Aid Separately

“The United States has offered North Korea up to $900,000 in emergency flood assistance but has made no decision yet on a broader request for humanitarian food aid for the isolated country, the State Department said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland “said the flood assistance would not include food, and was considered separately from a standing appeal by North Korea for food aid to offset bad harvests that a U.N. report said earlier this year had left millions hungry,” according to the news agency (Quinn, 8/18).

White House Holds Call To Discuss Famine In The Horn Of Africa

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights a White House call “with faith-based organizations Wednesday afternoon to discuss efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat the extensive famine brought on by a severe drought in the region, the worst seen in decades.” The…

USAID Announces Expansion Of Indoor Residual Spraying Program In Africa

USAID is expanding its Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) program in Africa, according to a USAID press release. Through a $189 million, three-year contract, “the President’s Malaria Initiative … together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide technical and financial support to the Ministries of Health and…

'Real Action' Needed On NCDs

“We were deeply perturbed to learn that the negotiations for the Outcomes Document of the U.N. High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), a mere month or so away, had stalled because member states failed to reach consensus,” Nalini Saligram, CEO of Arogya World, and Sandeep Kishore, an MD/PhD candidate at the Cornell/ Rockefeller/ Sloan-Kettering Institute, write in a Huffington Post opinion piece.

U.S. Research Collaboration Addresses Threat Of Cancer In Latin America

In a post in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Krysten Carrera, a Presidential Management fellow at the National Cancer Institute currently serving in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discusses “the growing international effort to address the threat of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).” She highlights the United States-Latin America Cancer Research Network…

New Collaboration For Development Of New Malaria Vaccine

“The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), focused on support of a collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) for the development of a new vaccine against malaria,” an IDRI press release states.…

USAID Confirms FY 2011 Funding Level For NTD Program

“USAID has recently confirmed that the fiscal year (FY) 2011 funding level for USAID’s [Neglected Tropical Disease] Program will be $77 million,” bringing the total funding appropriated by the U.S. toward NTD control and elimination programs over a six-year period to $212 million, according to the Global Network for Neglected Tropical…

Global AIDS Funding In 2010 Down Nearly 10% From Previous Year, Kaiser/UNAIDS Report Says

“Spending on the global fight against AIDS fell significantly in 2010 for the first time since the U.S. and other governments began making major donations,” according to an annual funding analysis released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS, the Wall Street Journal reports. “All told, governments donated about $6.9 billion in 2010, down 9.7 percent from about $7.6 billion in the prior year, the report said,” the newspaper writes (McKay, 8/16).