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Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Viewpoint Examines Malaria In Africa 10 Years After Abuja Declaration A Lancet Viewpoint examines the problems and prospects in malaria control since the Abuja Declaration was signed 10 years ago with the goal of halving malaria mortality in Africa by 2010. “There is an obvious euphoric sense that elimination…

Seattle Non-Profit Recommends Strategy For Improving U.S. Foreign Aid Efficacy

“[T]he United States needs a national strategy to clarify the goals of foreign aid, trade policy consistent with those goals, an easier process for small businesses to participate and support for international education programs,” according to a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid assistance released Tuesday by the Seattle-based non-profit Global Washington, the Seattle Times reports.

Also In Global Health News: Bird Flu In Bangladesh; Women’s Health In Kenya; Drug-Resistant Malaria In Cambodia; Over-Diagnosis Of Malaria In Children; HIV/AIDS In Africa; Efforts To Channel African Aid

USAID Program To Prevent Spread Of Bird Flu In Bangladesh Expands  All Headline News reports on a USAID-funded initiative to prevent the spread of bird flu in Bangladesh. The STOP AI (Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza) Bangladesh initiative includes the “renovation of the water supply, addition of a bio-gas facility for…

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Presses Obama Administration On PEPFAR Funding

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), “[t]he largest global AIDS organization[,] accused the Obama administration and Congress on Friday of falling short on promised funding and oversight in the worldwide fight against the epidemic,” The Hill’s “Healthwatch” blog reports.

House Passes Nearly $60B FY10 Supplemental

The House of Representatives passed an nearly “$60 billion bill Thursday to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and fund a variety of other programs,” including relief and rebuilding initiatives in Haiti following the January earthquake, Fox News’ “The Speaker’s Lobby” blog reports (Pergram, 7/1).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Ahead Of AIDS 2010, Lancet Issue Explores ARV Therapy, Gender Inequity Looking ahead to AIDS 2010 which will be held in Vienna, Austria, July 18-23, a Lancet editorial writes that 2010 marks “the deadline set by global leaders to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care. Sadly, the world…

House Subcommittee Approves $52.7B FY11 Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill

The Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved a $52.7 billion FY 2011 spending bill on Wednesday, CongressDaily reports. The bill withheld $3.9 billion in aid for Afghanistan in response to concerns about corruption and “already cut $4 billion from President Obama’s request to fund the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and dozens of foreign assistance and cooperation programs,” the publication writes.

Foreign Ops Subcommittee Discusses Corruption In Afghanistan, Potential Of Withholding Non-Humanitarian Funding

Ahead of Wednesday’s mark-up of the FY 2011 state and foreign ops appropriations bill, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog examines recent comments made by House Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) in which she “promised … to remove all the Afghanistan foreign operations and aid money from next year’s funding unless she can be assured none of the funds are being wasted due to corruption in the Afghanistan government.”

House Leader Says FY10 Supplemental Will Move By Friday

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday “he expects the FY10 supplemental spending bill will move in the House ‘within the next couple of days – certainly by Friday,’” CongressDaily reports. Hoyer said the prediction was “more than optimism. That is my intent” (House/Sanchez, 6/29).

Foreign Policy Examines GHI, PEPFAR

Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago … now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”