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‘Power Africa’ Initiative Holds Promise, But Obama Must Follow Through

“President Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity,” a New York…

USAID Blog Highlights ‘SafeTStop’ Program In East Africa

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Carole Douglis, development outreach coordinator for East Africa, profiles a small trucking community in Djibouti “called PK-12 for ‘Point Kilometre 12’ in French.” Noting “[a]bout 25 percent are thought to be HIV-positive” in the community, Douglis writes, “As late as 2004, HIV was a…

USAID Working With Angola To Implement New HIV Treatment Guidelines

Noting the release of new WHO HIV treatment guidelines that “pave the way toward lifelong treatment for all pregnant and breastfeeding women with HIV, regardless of CD4 count or clinical stage,” B. Ryan Phelps, medical officer for PMTCT and pediatric HIV in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and Melanie Tam, PMTCT intern…

Food For Peace Program Still Necessary

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 480, now known as Food for Peace, a program that since has “saved millions of lives,” author William Lambers writes in a post The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” The program “was started because there was so much food in the United States, it…

CSIS Authors Discuss Global Health Opportunities In Obama’s Second Term

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center’s “Smart Global Health” blog presents videos of interviews with authors of the April 2013 CSIS report (.pdf) titled, “The Changing Landscape of Global Health Diplomacy.” The report presents an analysis of “the opportunities for global health diplomacy in Barack…

Ambassador Goosby Reflects On PEPFAR Expenditure Analysis Initiative

“In 2009, PEPFAR began to pilot the Expenditure Analysis Initiative, tracking expenditures for PEPFAR programs to provide rigorous financial monitoring. This analysis provides detailed annual data on expenditures by program area, cost category, and region,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and…