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HIV Prevention, Treatment Should Include Research On Effective Vaccine, Fauci Says

The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features a perspective piece and interview exploring different strategies to prevent and treat HIV worldwide. NEJM: Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the need for an HIV vaccine and the advances that will help fulfill that need NEJM Managing Editor…

Devex Outlines Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program Under Farm Bill, Reaction From Shah

Devex: Rajiv Shah: Farm bill to bring more flexibility, greater impact for USAID “…With U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature, the Agriculture Act of 2014 is expected by a broad coalition of government officials, development experts, NGOs and independent analysts to make the nation’s international food aid system more efficient and…

Sectarian Violence In CAR Hindering Aid Delivery, Evacuations

Media sources report on continuing sectarian violence in Central African Republic (CAR). IRIN: Aid and evacuations under threat in CAR The news service reports on how sectarian violence is hindering aid deliveries to displaced persons and preventing evacuations from embattled areas (2/5). U.S. Department of State: U.S. Condemns Sectarian Violence…

U.S. Donates Therapeutic Food To Pakistan To Aid Malnourished Children

NNI/Frontier Post: U.S. donates 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to Pak children “The United States will donate 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to more than 80,000 acutely malnourished children in Pakistan. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Nancy Estes presented the food shipment…

HIV Cure Research For Children, Adults ‘Could Be The Catalyst’ To End AIDS

Huffington Post: Setting the Stage for an HIV Cure Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), and Nicholas Hellmann, EGPAF’s executive vice president of medical and scientific affairs “…Cure research is an essential step to keeping HIV-positive children alive. It is imperative that children…

Deborah Birx Urges AIDS Research To Marry Prevention With Care, Colleagues Say

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the way Deborah Birx, former director of the United States Military Research HIV Program and nominee to lead PEPFAR, plans to address the next phase of PEPFAR: by “marrying prevention to care,” noting that this “was the ethical way to…

USAID Operating Budget ‘Could Get Rocky’ Beyond 2014, Devex Reports

Devex: USAID looks ahead to uncertain operating budget “The U.S. Agency for International Development will ‘exhaust’ this year any carryover funding it has to help offset operating expenses budget cuts included in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus bill, according to an agency official. That means things could get rocky in 2015…

U.S. To Announce About $300M In Aid To Afghanistan

News outlets report on an expected announcement from the Obama administration regarding aid to Afghanistan. Bloomberg: Afghanistan Aid of $300 Million Pledged by U.S. Agency “The U.S. is proposing almost $300 million in new aid programs over five years for Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the economy and offset…

Gates Pushed Congress To Increase Polio Eradication Funding

Los Angeles Times: Bill Gates: The world is better than ever Doyle McManus, columnist at the Los Angeles Times “Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up. … Fewer children are dying from preventable diseases, thanks partly…