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USAID Report Examines U.S. Role In Global TB Response

“The latest report [.pdf] from [USAID] on the U.S. role in the global tuberculosis response shows that while government agencies have made important contributions to the global TB effort, significant challenges continue to stand between universal access to prevention, care and treatment, and the impoverished populations that need those interventions…

Recognizing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Rachel Albalak, director of the CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office, and Jean Wysler Domercant, acting director of clinical services in Haiti at the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS, recognize Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed in the U.S. on June 8, and examine HIV/AIDS in the region in the AIDS.gov blog. “According…

U.S. Support For Global Nutrition At Nutrition For Growth Summit

“As the head of USAID — and as a parent of young children — I am privileged to show the United States’ support for global nutrition at the Nutrition for Growth event,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “On June 8, I was pleased to…

Health Professionals Ask Congress Members To Continue U.S. Leadership On HIV/AIDS

On Thursday, 629 health professionals from across the United States sent a letter [.pdf] to Congressional leaders that outlines the success of PEPFAR and “warns that failure to fund PEPFAR adequately now will reverse the gains” achieved under the 10-year-old program, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog…

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Schedules Food Aid Reform Hearing

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, “has scheduled a hearing on reforming food aid next week, setting up a bitter fight with farm state lawmakers,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. Last month, Royce and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation (.pdf) that would…

More Flexibility Needed In U.S. Food Aid System

“While far more aid is still needed in Syria and [for] the refugees in neighboring countries, the U.S. government has been able to pursue a flexible approach in the country that better responds to needs on the ground,” Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, and Raymond Offenheiser, president…

IRIN Examines Future Of PEPFAR, Concerns Over Funding

Highlighting a recent visit to Ethiopia by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and head of the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, IRIN reports on the success of PEPFAR in that country and worldwide, noting the program has supported a 20-fold increase in the number of people…

President Obama Names Susan Rice, Samantha Power To Major National Security Posts

“President Obama named Susan E. Rice and Samantha Power to major national security posts on Wednesday, promoting two outspoken voices for humanitarian intervention on a foreign policy team known for its deep caution in dealing with conflicts abroad,” the New York Times reports (Landler, 6/5). “Susan E. Rice, whom Obama…

House Panel Rejects Changes To Food Aid Program Proposed By Obama Administration

“The House of Representatives panel in charge of agricultural funding rejected on Wednesday the Obama administration’s request for a sweeping change to food aid programs that have been in place since the Cold War,” Reuters reports. “It was the second defeat in three days for the White House budget proposal…

USAID Water And Development Strategy A ‘First Step In The Right Direction’

“It’s a big moment, and one that has been long awaited: [USAID] has released its first-ever Water and Development Strategy [.pdf] — a roadmap of the U.S. government’s approach to water programming that focuses on efforts to save lives through the provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services,” David…