ABC News examines U.S. food aid policy, which “requires that food aid money be spent on food grown in the U.S., at least half of it must be packed in the U.S. and most of it must be transported in U.S. ships.” But “critics are complaining that” these policies are “exacerbating the cycle of starvation.”
US Global Health Policy
A report released Thursday by a group of global health experts outlines ways the U.S. can work toward increasing access to health care throughout the world, Inter Press Service reports.
The New York Times examines the “debate over whether the United States and other rich nations spend too much on AIDS, which requires lifelong medications, compared with diarrhea and the other leading killer of children, pneumonia, both of which can be treated inexpensively.”
Gates Foundation Praises U.S. Global Health Investments, Calls For 15-Year Goal Of Cutting Child Deaths Worldwide By Nearly Half
As part of a “major push to convince the United States to maintain government spending on worldwide health initiatives, despite the financial crisis and a soaring U.S. budget deficit,” the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is urging U.S. policymakers to commit to cutting “the number of child deaths each year, from 9 million to 5 million” by 2025, CNN reports.
CDC Says U.S. H1N1 Vaccine Supplies On The Rise; Senators Question Government’s Handling Of H1N1 Vaccination Program
Supplies of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine are steadily increasing in the U.S. and should soon be more widely accessible in the next two weeks, the CDC said on Tuesday, CQ HealthBeat reports. During a press briefing, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said that 22.4 million vaccine doses are now available for states to order (Norman, 10/27).
Also In Global Health News: U.S. Grant To Uganda; Reproductive Health In Philippines; Counterfeit Drugs
U.S. Grants Uganda $246M In Aid To Improve Agricultural, Health Systems The U.S. Embassy in Uganda announced a grant of $246 million in new aid for improving the Uganda’s agricultural and health systems, Reuters reports. “More than $170 million will be spent on health and education to combat the HIV/AIDS…
Bill and Melinda Gates are expected to ask Washington officials on Tuesday to “continue funding global health initiatives despite the recession and to commit to nearly halve the number of child deaths worldwide by 2025,” the Washington Post reports.
VOA News reports on the recent appeals by human rights advocates for the U.S. Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill that would fund “a five-year program to reduce violence in countries where the problem is most serious.” Former Democratic Senator Joe Biden, of Delaware, first introduced the legislation in 2007.
Although there’s “increasing pressure” on President Obama “to fill his administration’s vacant top foreign-assistance post … no candidate is in sight nine months into his term,” the Associated Press writes in an article exploring the absence of a leader for USAID.
President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak a national emergency, the Wall Street Journal reports. “The declaration, which Mr. Obama signed Friday, authorizes the administration to waive or modify certain federal requirements involving Medicare, Medicaid and health-privacy rules to speed treatment,” the newspaper writes (McKay/Simpson/Whalen, 10/26).