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Washington Post Examines Trial In Africa Of Long-Acting Vaginal Ring For HIV Prevention

“The first test of a long-acting vaginal ring loaded with an HIV-preventing drug has begun enrolling women in southern Africa,” the Washington Post reports. The study, according to the newspaper, marks the 15th trial led by the non-profit group, International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), which “has helped lead the search for a discreet, woman-controlled means of protection” against the virus.

Capitol Hill Briefing Addresses Neglected Tropical Diseases

At a Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) briefing, held in conjunction with the Congressional Malaria and NTD Caucus in Washington on Thursday, “U.S. researchers, pharmaceutical companies and government officials [said] they are making progress in an effort to curb [NTDs], but that they need more money and outside help,” VOA News.

Opinions: Haitian Housing; U.S. Foreign Aid

Haitians, International Donors Need To Do Better On Housing “The only thing that seems to be moving relentlessly ahead in Haiti is the weather, with punishing heat and near-daily thunderstorms settling in for the summer – and the hurricane season that just begun,” according to a New York Times editorial highlighting some…

Recent Releases In Global Health

TB Control Strategies Should Target Women, Children A Lancet Comment highlights “unique susceptibilities” to tuberculosis among women and children, who also “might encounter substantial barriers to access appropriate care.” In addition to overall TB control improvement, the article calls for “innovative strategies to advance tuberculosis prevention and treatment in women…

USAID’s Policy Bureau Takes Shape

Plans for USAID’s new Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning are moving ahead, Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable” reports.

Gates Foundation Announces 5-Year, $1.5 Billion Commitment For Maternal, Child Health

During the Women Deliver conference on Monday Melinda Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “will spend $1.5 billion over the next five years on maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries, a pledge that signals a new focus for the foundation known for concentrating on vaccines and AIDS,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Jordan, 6/7).

Washington Post Q&A With Rajiv Shah; AP Examines ‘Surging’ Global Food Prices

In light of the recent launch of USAID’s “Feed the Future” initiative, the Washington Post features a Q&A with Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the agency. The interview addresses what the program will look like on the ground, the focus on female farmers and related topics (Sheridan, 6/7). Meanwhile, the…

U.N. Secretary-General, Sec. Of State Clinton Address Women Deliver Conference

Governments worldwide should work with the U.N. on a joint action plan to significantly improve the health of women and children around the world by 2015, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech at the opening of the Women Deliver conference on Monday in Washington, DC, Agence France-Presse reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog: Shah Describes Obama Administration’s Approach To Foreign Aid Reporting on a recent international development forum, “Obama’s Foreign Aid Reform” blog notes USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s remarks on how the Obama administration “is doing things differently.” According to the blog, “The first is on doing a ‘better job of being evidence-based’…

Financial Times Examines Needs Of Smallholder Farmers In Developing Countries

Reflecting on USAID’s plans to reduce reliance on food aid to fight global hunger by investing in agricultural development through microloans, the Financial Times examines the needs of smallholder farmers throughout the world. The piece looks at the role that lenders and large suppliers can play in assisting smallholder farmers and ways to maximize the relationships between farmers and these groups.