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USAID Report Questions Haitian Quake Death Toll

The death toll from the January 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti was significantly lower than the toll claimed by Haitian leaders, according to the draft of a report prepared for USAID not yet publicly released, the Associated Press/Herald Sun reports.

OPINION: Aid For Women Farmers Is A Worthy Investment

In a piece on The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Eva Clayton, a former Democratic member of Congress from North Carolina and assistant director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization between 2003 and 2006, calls on the World Bank to invest more in women farmers in the developing world, after the agency “largely ignored the role women and small entrepreneurs can play in the developing world to improve food security” at an April 2011 meeting.

OPINION: U.S. Must Do More On Global Food Security

“Washington cannot allow food insecurity to exacerbate instability in already volatile regions. We are not doing all that must be done,” Catherine Bertini, a former executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, and Dan Glickman, a former agriculture secretary, write in Politico.

U.N., U.S. Re-Evaluate HIV/AIDS Treatment Targets

Ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, scheduled for June 8-10 in New York, “public-health leaders face a paradox: New evidence suggests the epidemic can finally be controlled, but that would demand increased spending at a time of severe global budget restraints,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS show last year donor funding for HIV/AIDS fell for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, according to the newspaper.

OPINION: Bipartisan Consensus On Medical Research

“Good health makes good politics,” Michael Castle, a former Republican Congressman from Delaware, and Kaitlin Christenson, director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, write in a Roll Call opinion piece that makes the case for widespread support for medical research that aims to improve global health.

WEBCAST: Rolling Out GHI On The Ground

A webcast is now available of a May 25 Kaiser Family Foundation briefing that explored the rollout of the U.S. government’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) on the ground, with a particular focus on the recently released GHI country-level strategies.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET, NIH will webcast live a presentation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), titled “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey.” June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first cases of…

Pakistani Province Cancels Six U.S. Aid Agreements

The Pakistani province of Punjab will stop accepting U.S. aid and has canceled six agreements with the U.S. pertaining to health, education and solid waste management, according to Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of the province, Inter Press Service reports.