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PEPFAR Has Helped Millions, But ‘Hard Work’ Lies Ahead To Sustain Gains

PEPFAR, initiated in 2003, is “the largest global health initiative ever undertaken focused on a single disease,” a Washington Post editorial writes, noting, “Now, after four years of work, some 400 interviews and visits to 13 nations, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has provided [an] examination of this incredibly…

Groups Expect White House To Propose New Global Food Aid Approach

“The White House may soon propose the biggest change in U.S. food aid since the programs were created during the Cold War — donating cash for hunger relief instead of shipping American-grown food thousands of miles to global trouble spots, say farm groups and charities,”Reuters reports. “Groups on both sides of…

Examining Potential Changes To U.S. Food Aid Programs

“There are rumors that U.S. food aid programs could see major changes in the next budget, including converting some of the Food for Peace program into straight cash grants instead of in-kind food assistance,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow of global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global…

USAID Pledges $20M In Humanitarian Aid To Somalia

“Signaling the latest step forward in rapidly strengthening U.S.-Somalia relations, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development spent five hours in Mogadishu on Thursday, the highest ranking U.S. administration official to visit Somalia’s capital in years,” theAssociated Press reports (Guled/Straziuso, 2/21). Rajiv Shah “spent five hours … in the…

U.S. Health Officials Outline New Policies For Funding Research On H5N1 Avian Flu, Other Potentially Dangerous Agents

“U.S. health authorities [on Thursday] outlined the conditions for funding research on the H5N1 bird flu virus a month after scientists lifted a yearlong pause on the work that was imposed amid concerns it could be used by terrorists,” Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 2/21). “One policy, released by [HHS], applies only to scientists seeking funds for…

Blog, Forthcoming Paper Examine PEPFAR’s ‘Financial Flows’

Noting the release of the Institute of Medicine’s PEPFAR evaluation and “our own work-in-progress on PEPFAR’s value for money and data management,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant at CGD, highlight “two focus areas that … are the subject of…

Humanosphere Blog Examines Kerry’s Commitment To Foreign Aid

“John Kerry has only held the office of U.S. Secretary of State for a few weeks but has already made it known that foreign aid is one of his priorities,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in Humanosphere, adding, “Kerry says he will fight to maintain the budget of USAID and make…

With Financial Commitment, Obama Can Add ‘End Of AIDS’ To His Legacy

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama stated with confidence that the promise of an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown Desmond Tutu writes in a USA Today opinion piece, adding, “We currently possess the power to begin to end a global pandemic that has killed…

Coalition Of Aid Groups Warn Of Sequestration’s Effects On Humanitarian Aid In Open Letter

“A coalition of aid groups including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, InterAction, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Refugees International, World Vision, and many others delivered a letter [.pdf] to the White House and Congress Wednesday pointing out that 2013 has already been a year where the resources devoted to humanitarian assistance have…