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Introduced In SOTU By President George W. Bush, PEPFAR Has Saved Millions Of Lives

“The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) exist[s] entirely because of a willing leader, a creative policy team, a smattering of activists and a vast, bleeding need,” columnist Michael Gerson writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. He cites President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, during…

Panel At State Department Discusses Global Efforts Against Practice Of FGM/C

“On February 6, 2013, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, I had the privilege of leading a panel discussion at the State Department to help bring global attention to a harmful traditional practice that risks the lives, dignity, and…

U.S. Foreign Aid Is ‘Good Value’

“Unfortunately, most Americans don’t realize what a good value our foreign assistance efforts are,” and “[m]ost would be surprised to learn that foreign aid amounts to only about one percent of the federal budget,” Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, writes in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece. She…

Researchers, Organizations Urge Secretary Of State Kerry To Support AIDS Funding

“Saying they are ‘gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] fail to provide adequate resources,’ researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State…

CDC, State Department, World Bank Should Lead Fight Against Fake, Substandard TB Drugs

“Thanks to billions of dollars spent on diagnosis and treatment [of tuberculosis (TB)] over the past decade, deaths and infections are slowly declining,” but “fake and poorly made antibiotics are being widely used to treat tuberculosis,” according to a study “to be published [Tuesday] in the International Journal of Tuberculosis…

Blog Examines U.S. Commitment To Ending Global Hunger

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a champion of the fight to end global hunger and undernutrition, making the case for increased investments in food security and nutrition to help move people out of poverty, create stronger communities, and build a more stable world,” Jonathan Shrier, acting special…

Will Secretary Kerry Influence The White House AIDS Budget?

As John Kerry begins his role as Secretary of State, “some very important decisions will be being made, including the budget for the coming year for key development programs. Will Secretary Kerry fix the administration’s AIDS budget problem?” AIDS and human rights activist Matthew Kavanagh writes in the Huffington Post…

Secretary Clinton Announces New Partnerships At Event Celebrating Power Of Collaboration

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [on Thursday] hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration,” Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Kris Balderston, the special representative for global partnerships, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “We…

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Primer On U.S. Engagement In Global Health Issues

A new Kaiser Family Foundation primer “provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. government’s engagement in global health issues, including a look at the federal programs that support these efforts,” according to an email alert from the foundation. “The ‘U.S. Government Engagement In Global Health: A Primer’ provides basic information…