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House Appropriations Committee Debates FY14 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

“The House Appropriations Committee met on Wednesday to debate and amend the [FY 2014] State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which emerged from subcommittee level last week” and “funds U.S. diplomatic and foreign assistance programs, as well as contributions to international multilateral organizations and initiatives,” Devex reports (Igoe, 7/25). The…

Jill Biden Reflects On USAID’s Maternal, Child Health Efforts In India

In a post in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, examines the issue of maternal and child health in India, reflecting on her experiences as she travels through the country. “Yesterday I wrote about my time in Kachhpura and how they are working to…

USAID Blog Interviews Feed The Future’s Deputy Coordinator For Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of the blog’s “Behind the Scenes” interview series, Tjada McKenna, deputy coordinator for development with Feed the Future, examines the issue of global hunger and discusses the program’s progress. According to the blog, McKenna gives a brief history of Feed the…

World Needs More Midwives To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Achieve Health MDGs

“[M]aternal mortality remains a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa where around 162,000 mothers die every year, leaving close to one million African children motherless,” Ugandan midwife Esther Madudu writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “The reason is that 40 percent of African women do not receive basic prenatal…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved, by a voice vote, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (.pdf), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total…

Senate Subcommittee Approves FY14 State And Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday approved a $50.6 billion FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for global health programs at USAID and the State Department, The Hill’s “On The…

Access To Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services Necessary To Reach AIDS-Free Generation

In a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé discuss progress (.pdf) made on the “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among…

USAID Working To Improve Public Health In India

Writing in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, discusses a recent trip to India and how the USAID Health and Urban Poor (HUP) Program is working in settlements near the Taj Mahal to improve health infrastructure, connect residents with health services and track mothers…

GHTC Blog Examines FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Policy Officer Ashley Bennett summarizes a bill that was approved on Friday by the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which includes funding for “key global health research activities.” She writes, “Overall, global…