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Ambassador Goosby Highlights PEPFAR Investments in Laboratory Networks, Commodities, Workforce

“Strong laboratories and well-trained laboratory specialists are critical to well-functioning health systems, enabling clinicians and health workers to diagnose and treat a range of diseases and conditions, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in the…

CGD Blog Examines Agenda For Obama’s Trip To Africa This Week

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” Sarah Jane Staats, director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program, discusses President Obama’s trip to Africa this week, writing, “The White House and U.S. development agencies have been unusually quiet prior to departure, but some things…

President Obama Travels To Africa This Week

The Guardian’s “Guardian Africa Network” blog reports on President Obama’s trip to Africa this week, noting the visit “will be only his second to sub-Saharan Africa since he became president more than four years ago” (Ogunlesi , 6/25). In a conference call briefing on Friday, the White House discussed the…

U.S. Nearly Doubles Aid To UNHCR

At an event to mark World Refugee Day, “[t]he United States on Thursday [nearly] doubled its aid to the U.N. refugee organization to some $890 million,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Some $289.3 million of the funds going to the UNHCR are earmarked for Syrian refugees and had been previously unveiled by…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Address Supreme Court’s Ruling Striking Down Anti-Prostitution Pledge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the federal government’s requirement that groups accepting U.S. aid declare their opposition to prostitution. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion (.pdf), with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting, and Justice Elena Kagan was recused. The following editorials…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Supreme Court Ruling On Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“In a ruling [.pdf] backing robust free speech rights for recipients of government funds, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the federal government’s requirement that groups accepting U.S. aid declare their opposition to prostitution,” according to Politico, which notes, “In a 6-2 decision, the justices found a…

USAID Releases 2012 Report On Global Health Programs To Congress

USAID on Thursday released its 2012 report (.pdf) on global health programs to Congress, according to the agency’s webpage. “The Global Health Programs: Report to Congress describes USAID’s ongoing commitment to advancing global health science, research, innovation and implementation across three inspiring goals: creating an AIDS-free generation, ending preventable child…