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Michelle Obama Visits HIV/AIDS Clinic In Botswana

“Michelle Obama on Friday began the second leg of her weeklong visit to Africa by wielding a brush to help paint a mural” at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in the capital city of Gaborone, the Associated Press reports. The clinic serves 4,000 children and their families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the news service (Superville, 6/24).

Shah Discusses U.S. Aid In Afghanistan After Troop Drawdown

As USAID “is going to have to do more with less as it faces serious budget cuts,” NPR’s Morning Edition spoke with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah “about what the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will mean for U.S. assistance for Afghanistan.”

Conference Examines Family Planning Benefits For Health

Family planning “is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent illness and save lives in the world’s poor countries,” according to health experts gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a conference sponsored by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, GlobalPost’s “Africa Emerges” blog reports.

Leadership Addresses Feed The Future Forum

The Knowledge-Driven International Development (KDID) Portal’s “Agrilinks” blog features a summary of several of the speakers who presented at the Feed the Future Forum, including Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Gayle Smith, special assistant to the President and senior…

Global Development Companies Form Coalition To Gain More Visibility

More than 50 companies involved in global development work have formed the Coalition of International Development Companies “in hopes of gaining more visibility for their work with the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as with other government agencies and nongovernmental organizations,” Washington Technology reports.

Michelle Obama Talks About AIDS, Women’s Rights On Africa Trip

First Lady Michelle Obama, who is on a trip to Africa, “urged young Africans on Wednesday to fight for women’s rights and battle the stigma of AIDS, using her husband’s ‘yes, we can’ campaign slogan to motivate youth across the continent,” Reuters reports.

FDA Reveals Graphic New Cigarette Warning Labels

“Nearly a half-century after U.S. cigarette packs were emblazoned with their first, modest warning, ‘Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health,’ the Food and Drug Administration – at Congress’ behest – is … requiring tobacco companies to print painful images, such as that of a man smoking through a hole in his throat or of a lip eroded by cancer and a mouthful of rotting teeth, right on their cigarette packs,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (Gelles, 6/22).

Ghanaian, Brazilian Leaders Awarded World Food Prize

“John Kufuor of Ghana and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil won the $250,000 World Food Prize for cutting hunger in half while serving as president of their nations, the prize organizers announced on Tuesday,” Reuters reports.