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Rep. Clarke Introduces Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act

“[T]he Obama administration has made up a lot of ground in boosting women’s health globally — both on policy and funding — that was lost during the previous administration. But our current foreign aid falls short of supporting a more comprehensive program for sexual and reproductive health,” Rep. Yvette Clarke…

Rep. Lee Reflects On Her Attendance At U.N. General Assembly

In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) reflects on her attendance at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. “Every year since the early days of the United Nations, two representatives have been sent from Congress to participate in the U.N. General Assembly,” she notes,…

Secretary Kerry Commends U.S., Botswana Partnership Against AIDS

In a message to Botswana on the occasion of its 47th independence anniversary on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the partnership between the U.S. and Botswana in the fight against HIV/AIDS “has made ‘important strides,’ but that the battle is not over,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports (10/1). “Our shared…

USAID Helping Families In Cote d’Ivoire

“USAID is helping communities in rural Cote d’Ivoire develop economic resiliency,” Andrea Halverson, deputy health officer for USAID Cote d’Ivoire, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” She continues, “Through our partners SAVE the Children and AVSI, we are supporting several types of economic strengthening activities, all of which increase the productive…

U.N., U.S., NGO Health Agencies Launch Action Plan Against TB In Children

“The deaths of more than 74,000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first action plan developed specifically on TB and children, which was launched [Tuesday] by the United Nations health agency in Washington, D.C.,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The ‘Roadmap for…

HHS Official Looks Forward To World AIDS Day

“In just a few weeks, we will commemorate the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day,” Ronald Valdiserri, deputy assistant secretary for health and infectious diseases and director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS, writes in the AIDS.gov blog, noting this year’s theme is “Shared…

New Issue Of PSI’s Impact Available Online

Issue 14 of PSI’s Impact magazine is now available online. “In this issue, Impact looks under the hood to see how [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], donors, charity watchdogs and corporations measure impact and what role measurement plays in decision-making,” according to the magazine’s website. The issue includes a feature on how…

Blog Highlights USAID Official’s Comments Regarding Hormonal Contraception, HIV

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights comments made by Chelsea Polis, senior epidemiological adviser at USAID, at a recent Washington, D.C., event about hormonal contraception and HIV. Data regarding how hormonal contraception affects HIV transmission are inconclusive, the blog notes, and includes a link to a…