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U.S. Leadership Critical for Global Nutrition Efforts

“Malnutrition is one of the world’s most serious, yet least-addressed, development challenges,” former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) writes in an opinion piece in “The Hill,” continuing, “While the problem is complex, the solutions don’t need to be.” “This is a critical moment for the U.S. to lead on…

CSIS Report Examines U.S. Investments In Women’s Health

Writing in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog, Janet Fleischman, senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, and Alisha Kramer, program coordinator and research assistant with the center, describe a report on a CSIS delegation visit to Zambia “to examine the opportunities…

Opinion Pieces Address Maritime Aspects Of Proposed Food Aid Program Reforms

The following opinion pieces address food aid program reforms proposed by the Obama administration in its FY 2014 budget request. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Nick Rahall (D-W.V.), U.S. News & World Report: “[T]he Obama administration recently proposed restructuring the food aid program as primarily a cash voucher…

Medical Education Partnership Initiative Helping Africa Meet Health Care Needs

“During a World Health Assembly side meeting on May 20, I joined U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and leaders from across Africa to highlight the contributions the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is making in meeting the priorities of national ministries of health,” Ambassador Eric Goosby,…

AP Examines Successes, Future Of PEPFAR

The Associated Press examines the history of PEPFAR, its successes, funding, and prospects for its future, writing PEPFAR “has come to represent what Washington can do when it puts politics aside — and what America can do to make the world a better place.” Noting that former President George W.…

Blog Examines Department of Defense’s Role In U.S. Global Health Programs

Noting her participation in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation briefing on the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) global health activities, Kate Almquist Knopf, a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in a CGD blog post that a Kaiser Family Foundation report “identifies three major categories…

Food Aid Reform Proposals Moving Forward But ‘Meeting Resistance’

Writing in Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses changes to the U.S. food aid program proposed by the Obama administration, saying, “The changes are important to humanitarian response.” However, he continues, “What looked like positive momentum for reform is starting to slow down as both houses of Congress take a…

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lobbying Congress To Reauthorize PEPFAR

“Many AIDS policy analysts assume that Congress may not have time to reauthorize major global HIV/AIDS programs this year,” but the “AIDS Healthcare Foundation [AHF], which runs treatment clinics around the globe, is bringing in patients and providers from Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Vietnam to press lawmakers of…

Blog Posts, Opinion Piece Address HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

On May 18, the world recognized HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, which “commemorates the global effort to develop a safe and effective vaccine that will protect against HIV,” according to a USAID email alert. “While there have been some disappointing recent results in the HIV vaccine field, the stalwart march to…

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing Addresses Fight Against Malaria

“Leading global health experts told Capitol Hill lawmakers [Friday] that the fight against malaria is at a turning point, during a hearing on the U.S. role in combating malaria globally,” held by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse”…