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Humanitarian Response In Philippines Reignites Discussion Over U.S. Food Aid Reform

The New York Times examines how the humanitarian response in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan has reignited the debate over U.S. food aid reform. “The Obama administration and some lawmakers say the disaster in the Philippines underscores the need to revise the program and give the aid agency the flexibility…

USAID Working To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Alex Thier, assistant to the USAID administrator for policy, planning, and learning, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about a recent panel held “at the Brookings Institution to discuss a bold vision of a world without extreme poverty by 2030.” He continues, “At USAID, we recognize that — for the first time…

Blog Highlights Recent Global Health News, Including Kerry Testimony On Disability Treaty

In a news summary, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog notes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testified last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Convention of the Rights of People With Disabilities. The blog also highlights a statement from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel…

Senate Should Ratify U.N. Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

“Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has revived … the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities,” a New York Times editorial states, noting the Senate last year “fell five votes short of ratifying [the] international treaty that…

USAID Blog Recognizes 10 Years Of PEPFAR Ahead Of World AIDS Day

USAID is observing World AIDS Day on December 1 “by celebrating 10 years of our HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR,” the agency’s “IMPACTblog” notes in two separate posts. In the first post, Goli Fassihian, senior public affairs adviser for the Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS, writes, “PEPFAR was,…

Blog Examines Next Steps For USAID’s Focus On Eradicating Extreme Poverty

Noting USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah last week delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution on eradicating extreme poverty, Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in CGD’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy” blog, “Shah’s speech primarily focused on the big picture of what [an] increased…

USAID To Observe 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Violence

“Beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and ending on International Human Rights Day (December 10), USAID joins the global community in observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence,” the agency announced in an email bulletin on Monday. “USAID is…

UCSF Interviews Ambassador Eric Goosby

In an interview posted on the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) webpage, Ambassador Eric Goosby, who earlier this month stepped down as head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, speaks with UCSF Senior Public Information Representative Laura Kurtzman “about…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Highlights Event On PEPFAR’s Orphans, Vulnerable Children Program

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on an event held last week in Washington, D.C., which examined PEPFAR’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program. At the event, Sibongile Gladys Gule, Penelope Masiya, and Nomthandazo Ntuli spoke with session moderator Richard Lui about “how PEPFAR programs to reach…