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Blogs Address Issues Surrounding TB, World TB Day

On Sunday, March 24, the international community observed World TB Day. The following is a summary of blog posts published in recognition of the day. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: David Greeley, senior vice president of the TB Alliance, examines the need for improved treatment options for childhood TB (3/22). In a second…

USAID Blog Examines Water Management Issues In The Middle East

The first three entries of a four-part series, titled “USAID in the Middle East,” have been published in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” The first post discusses the use of data to improve water management in the region (Harris, 3/20). The second post looks at the use of the Famine Early Warning…

Development Advocates Urge Congress To Protect Global Health Funding, Blog Reports

“Earlier this week, the [Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC)] and other global health and international development advocates called on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee to fully fund key programs in the foreign affairs budget,” Ashley Bennett, the GHTC’s policy officer, writes in the coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog. “Advocates…

GlobalPost Blog Examines First Progress Report For ‘USAID Forward’ Initiative

USAID on Wednesday “released its first progress report [.pdf] for USAID Forward, the major reform effort it initiated in 2010 ‘to change the way the agency does business,'” GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports. “With USAID Forward, the agency has put forth a new model for development very much defined by…

Organizations Highlight World TB Day

World TB Day is commemorated each year on March 24, recognizing the discovery of the tuberculosis (TB) bacilli by Robert Koch in 1882. The following media outlets feature information on the day. USAID: A special edition of USAID’s “Global Health News” features different TB-related resources and includes links to “Accelerating…

Determining The Right Questions For Global Health Research

“Asking the right questions is the first step to generating the ‘downstream’ evidence needed for the implementation of health policies and practices, as my colleague E. Callie Raulfs-Wang described in her March 12 blog,” Kristina Gryboski, technical adviser for the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program, writes in a…

Blog Examines Survival Of Feed The Future Initiative Under Sequestration

“While the [Feed the Future] program took a few years to get off the ground, and is probably not all that well known to the public, it is a favorite of USAID Administrator Raj Shah — and also a go-to program budget hawks now want to cut back,” development blogger…

U.S. Continues To Respond To Syrian Crisis

Noting “[t]he two-year anniversary of the Syria uprising coincides with another dark milestone: over one million refugees have fled Syria,” Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, “This escalating crisis … is challenging all of us to do more.…

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Publishes Annual Letter

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Tuesday published his 2013 annual letter. “Today, I am pleased to share with you our third annual letter about the work our Agency does around the world to help answer President Obama’s call,” he writes in the letter, available on the USAID webpage. “For this…

U.S. Foreign Aid System Needs ‘Overhaul’ To Better Foster Development

“In practice, the foreign aid system, and in particular, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), work very well in accomplishing what Washington politicians want them to do,” Charles Kenny, a fellow at the Center for Global Development and the New America Foundation, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Small World” blog.…