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Blog Summarizes Discussion On HIV Treatment For Children Under PEPFAR

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes “a public discussion [last] week of the Institute of Medicine’s report” on PEPFAR, during which some experts raised the issue of HIV treatment for children. The blog summarizes the discussion, saying staff members of the Office of the Global AIDS…

Public Health Leaders File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Case Challenging ‘Anti-Prostitution Pledge’

“The case of the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by [PEPFAR] create policies ‘explicitly’ condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A brief filed Wednesday in the…

USAID Releases New Issue Of ‘FrontLines’

The March/April issue of USAID’s “FrontLines” focuses on access to safe water and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In his “Insights” column, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes, “While we have seen tremendous progress — halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water since 1990 — we still…

NPR Examines Debate Over Rumors Of Changes To U.S. Food Aid Operations

“[R]umors … that the White House is planning major changes in the way that the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries” have “set off an emotional debate” in Washington, D.C., NPR’s “Morning Edition” reports. “America’s policies on food aid are singularly generous — and…

More Flexible Food Aid Plan Would Allow Better Use Of Taxpayer Dollars

“When it comes to providing hunger relief to needy people around the world, the United States has been a leader since World War II. And if early reports about the Obama administration’s 2014 budget are true, then the U.S. will have a golden opportunity to provide even more food to…

U.S. Agencies Supporting Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Malawi

“U.S. agencies that work to fight HIV this week began a five-year effort with Malawi’s government to improve health care for Malawians infected with the virus,” VOA News reports. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is leading the effort alongside health officials in Malawi, with funding from PEPFAR and the CDC,…

President Obama Meets With 4 African Leaders To Discuss Range Of Development Issues

“President Obama met on Thursday with the leaders of four small countries in sub-Saharan Africa that the White House sees as models for the region,” including “Ernest Bai Koroma, president of Sierra Leone; Macky Sall, president of Senegal; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; and Jose Maria Pereira Neves, prime minister…

White House Condemns Assaults Against Women In Egypt Demonstrations

“The White House on Friday condemned the rape and assault of women at recent demonstrations in Egypt and called on the Cairo government to prevent sexual violence and prosecute those responsible,” Reuters reports (Mason/Holland, 3/29). “White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was ‘deeply concerned’ about reports of sexual…

The Lancet Examines Goals, Challenges Of U.S. Office Of Global Health Diplomacy

The Lancet reports on the role of diplomacy in U.S. global health efforts, highlighting a recent appearance by Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, at a town hall forum at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington,…