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FDA Needs More Oversight Power To Protect Increasingly Globalized Drug Supply, Pew Report Says

“The Food and Drug Administration needs much more power to protect the U.S. supply of drugs as more and more are made in other countries,” according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Health Group, National Journal reports. The FDA estimates about 80 percent of the active ingredients in medications and up to 40 percent of finished pharmaceuticals are manufactured abroad, often in developing countries with little to no regulatory oversight, the news service adds.

Vaccine And Aid Workers Express Anger Over CIA Plot To Collect DNA Through Vaccine Program

“Vaccine program workers, who sometimes struggle to gain public trust and governmental cooperation in the first place, are furious about the deception” of the CIA in establishing a vaccination program in Pakistan in an attempt to gather DNA from Osama bin Laden’s family, ScienceInsider reports. “Aid workers also say that news of the vaccination plot may undermine their ability to work with the public and with developing world governments,” the news service writes (Reardon, 7/13).

Horn Of Africa Nations Risk ‘Massive Famine,’ Shah Says

The nations in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa “are at risk of ‘massive famine,’ Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told the Huffington Post Wednesday.” “It’s very severe,” Shah said. “We know from the data that we’ve been collecting that this is the worst drought in 60 years and it’s going to have severe consequences. Eleven and a half million people are at real risk of malnutrition and famine already,” the Huffington Post reports (Hersh, 7/13).

Family Planning Essential For Meeting World Population’s Needs

“I’d like to pose the question: what more must we do to ensure the health, nutritional, and educational needs of all seven billion are met?” Scott Radloff, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes about World Population Day on the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He continues, “One place to…

U.N. Officials Highlight Concern About Humanitarian Situation In East Africa

“U.N. officials sounded the alarm Tuesday about a deepening crisis in East Africa, saying they are struggling to cope with the number of people on the move in the region because of the severe drought and continued fighting in Somalia,” the Associated Press reports. “World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the drought has left millions hungry, farmers at risk of losing their livelihoods and the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk,” the AP writes (7/12).

USAID, NSF Launch Science Research Grant Program To Support Development Goals

USAID and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Thursday launched the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) initiative to “provide grants to developing world partners of NSF U.S. grantees,” with the goal of supporting “applied research – science in support of development – in areas of global concern such as climate change, biodiversity, water issues, agriculture, seismic hazards and deforestation,” SciDev.Net reports (Tatalovic, 7/8).

USAID Responding To Horn Of Africa Drought

USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg writes in a post on the agency’s “IMPACTblog,” “This week, USAID activated a disaster assistance response team (DART) operating out of Ethiopia and Kenya to work with the World Food Program, UNICEF, and over a dozen other organizations to coordinate emergency efforts to relieve the…

Congress Should Take The Lead In Foreign Aid Reform

Citing PEPFAR, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the President’s Malaria Initiative as pieces of the “remarkable success story” of U.S. foreign aid over the past decade, former Congress member and Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green writes in a post on the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s “ModernizeAid” blog, “While our budget…