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Obama Administration Says MERS-CoV Poses Public Health Threat

“The Obama administration on Tuesday designated a respiratory disease now found in the Middle East a threat to public health and national security,” The Hill’s “Healthwatch” blog reports (Wilson, 6/4). According to CIDRAP News, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the designation in a May 29…

Senate Approves Modest Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program In Farm Bill

“The Senate on Monday voted to make modest changes to the way international food aid is delivered, a much scaled-back version of an overhaul proposed by President Barack Obama earlier this year,” the Associated Press reports. “Senators adopted an amendment by voice vote to a wide-ranging farm bill Monday that…

Reflecting On Women Deliver Conference

“I’ve just returned from an inspiring and thought-provoking week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where leaders and advocates from 149 countries gathered for the Women Deliver 2013 conference,” Robert Clay, deputy assistant to the administrator for USAID’s global health bureau, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” He continues, “Over the past decade, we’ve…

USAID’s Shah, Others Discuss Food Security In Google+ Hangout

Writing in the ONE blog, Malaka Gharib, ONE’s social editor, describes a June 3 Google+ Hangout that included USAID Administrator Raj Shah, “ONE’s U.S. Executive Director Tom Hart and a group of ONE members and agriculture policy experts from Feed the Future, GAIN, Thousand Days and Future Fortified.” She writes,…

Disabled Children, Their Communities Would Benefit From U.S. Ratification Of U.N. Convention

“A United Nations report, ‘The State of the World’s Children,’ underscores the moral bankruptcy of Senate Republicans who blocked ratification of a treaty to help disabled people around the world,” a New York Times editorial states. “A United Nations convention would ban discrimination against persons with disabilities and accord them…

USAID Administrator Shah To Answer Nutrition-Related Questions In ONE Google+ Hangout

“To kick off USAID’s Nutrition Week, … ONE, 1,000 Days and GAIN’s Future Fortified campaign on Monday, June 3 at 12:15 p.m. EST [will host a] Google+ page for an up-close-and-personal conversation with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah,” ONE reports on its webpage. “Shah will be joined by Tjada McKenna, deputy…

New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition Recognizes One-Year Anniversary

Noting the one-year anniversary of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Tjada McKenna, deputy coordinator for development at Feed the Future, and Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for global food security and deputy coordinator for diplomacy at Feed the Future, write in the Feed the Future blog, “In…

New Initiative Aims To Address Gap In Access To Injectable Contraceptives In Africa, South Asia

“For many women, injectable contraceptives have tremendous advantages: one shot of the popular Depo-Provera protects for three months. It is safe and effective, with almost no risk of unintended pregnancy,” Sara Tifft, a senior program officer for reproductive health at PATH, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” “Depo-Provera is very popular in…