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USAID Working To Meet Family Planning Needs Of Women In DRC

“More than 26 percent of married women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) want to avoid pregnancy but aren’t using a modern method of family planning,” Christopher Hook, program assistant for USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog,” adding, “Furthermore, meeting this demand…

State Department Hosts Online Discussions On Foreign Aid, HIV/AIDS

Richard Buangan, director of digital engagement at the U.S. State Department, notes in the agency’s “DipNote” blog that Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a Google+ hangout on Friday, April 19, at 1:15 pm EDT. “The live online conversation, ‘The U.S. In the World: What’s In It for Us?,’ will…

PATH Publications Examine U.S. Agencies’ Role In Advancing Global Health Technologies

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, Heather Ignatius, senior policy and advocacy officer at PATH, “writes about the important role U.S. agencies play in advancing global health technologies.” She writes, “To demonstrate how essential U.S. government’s contributions have been — and will continue to…

Food Aid Reform Is ‘Battle Worth Fighting’

“The Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it, is again trying to bring some sense to food aid, but prospects for reform are low,” Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations,…

Vaccine Development Expensive But Worthy Of Investment From Congress

“During the last three decades, the biopharmaceutical industry has invested significantly in new and improved vaccines,” and “[t]he collaborative efforts of the [CDC], [the WHO], national governments and industry have led to major progress in addressing global immunization goals and reducing illness and death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Jim Greenwood,…

Obama Right To Propose Food Aid Reform

In the six decades since [President Dwight Eisenhower kicked off the program that would become known as Food for Peace], global food aid has generated sales for U.S. farmers, business for U.S.-flagged cargo vessels and jobs for U.S. seamen,” a Washington Post editorial states. “In this sense, the United States is no…

Sustain U.S. Global AIDS Financing To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

“The persistent shortchanging of PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is one of the more significant and perplexing trends in America’s global health policy,” Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push”…

Examining U.S. Spending On Family Planning, Reproductive Health

“Funding by the United States for family planning has a giant positive impact,” PSI’s “Impact” blog writes, adding, “With the White House releasing its budget request for fiscal year 2014 and the budget debates heating up, now seems like a good time to look at what investments in reproductive health enables.” The…

President Obama’s Budget Request Signals Confidence In Global Fund

President Obama’s “budget request demonstrates a strong and well-timed endorsement of the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] in advance of the replenishment, and will hopefully leverage similarly strong pledges from other donors,” Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development…

U.N., U.S. Offer Aid To Iran, Pakistan In Wake Of 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the remote south-east Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East, BBC News reports (4/16). “According to media reports dozens of people were killed in both countries when the quake struck the border region,” and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “[v]oic[ed] sorrow over…