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Ambassador Goosby Says Hope Is ‘Major Motivator’ In AIDS Fight

In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby looks back at his time working in HIV/AIDS and expresses hope about the future, writing, “Thanks to the support of the Obama Administration – which has continued to put forth robust funding for HIV/AIDS – and…

Ambassador Rice Addresses U.N. High Level Meeting On AIDS

State’s “DipNote” blog published video and a transcript of remarks made on Wednesday by Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS (6/8).

Council On Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Garrett Discusses HIV/AIDS

The Council on Foreign Relations features an interview with CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett, who “notes that discovery of [HIV/AIDS] was the beginning of what we now consider to be global health.” Garrett also discusses treatment, prevention and funding for the disease (Johnson, 6/8).

Obama Should Show Leadership On Food Security Issues

With food security issues at the heart of “hunger emergencies unfolding in Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, and other countries,” “President Obama now faces his most critical test when it comes to fighting hunger. He faces a threat that will derail many of his foreign policy objectives. Will he show leadership and…

Ban Calls For Global Unity To End AIDS By 2020 At U.N. Meeting Opening

In his opening address at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “told presidents, ministers and diplomats from across the globe that if all partners involved in the fight unite ‘as never before,'” the goal of “zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths” can be achieved, the Associated Press/Kansas City Star reports (Lederer, 6/8).

U.S. Aid To Afghanistan Unlikely To Produce Lasting Change, Congressional Report Says

“Much of the $19 billion in foreign aid that the United States has pumped into Afghanistan in the past decade may be fueling development on the ground in the short term, but is unlikely to produce change that will last once U.S. troops depart, according to a new congressional report,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (Mulrine, 6/8).

GHI Releases Country Strategies Guidance

The GHI recently released its Guidance for Global Health Initiative Country Strategies. The guidance “defines and clarifies expectations about the GHI strategy,” “sets forth the parameters and content of a GHI strategy,” “provides guidance on how the field will structure itself to deliver on a key tenet of GHI—adopting a…

PEPFAR, UNAIDS To Announce New Plan For Preventing MTCT Of HIV

At the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, PEPFAR “will join with UNAIDS and other partners in releasing a new global action plan for the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. will also place additional resources into helping move towards eliminating pediatric HIV,” according to a State Department press…

Flaws Identified In U.S. Haiti Quake Death Toll Report, USAID Official Says

Flaws have been found in a recent U.S. report suggesting the death toll from Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake was significantly lower than official estimates, Mark Feierstein, USAID’s assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, said on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

USAID Shares Priorities With Pakistan

Writing about the relationship between USAID and Pakistan on the agency’s “Impact blog”, J. Alexander Their, assistant to the administrator and director of the USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, states, “Our shared priorities in energy, economic growth, stabilization, health, and education are directed to addressing both short and…