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Congress Should Maintain Support Of Global Health Programs ‘Despite Fiscal Challenges’

“U.S. support for global health has had a major impact around the world, particularly our contributions to fighting malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and…

Opinion Pieces Address World Malaria Day

On Thursday, the international community recognized World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme was “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Forbes/Skoll World Forum: “In a world where there are more…

Providing Commodities Not Always Best Solution In Food Security Crises

In a New York Times “Opinionator” piece, journalist Tina Rosenberg examines the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program, which would provide more flexibility to allow for cash purchases of food locally or from U.S. farmers, as well as end monetization. In addition, the proposal “is planning…

Proposed Legislation In Congress Would Improve U.S. Global Health R&D

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Policy Officer Ashley Bennett describes the recently introduced “21st Century Global Health Technology Act [.pdf], which would make several important and welcome changes to global health research and development (R&D) programs” at USAID. She notes the act, introduced in Congress…

USAID Report Highlights Need For Better Water Management In Agriculture

“With its recently released Water and Development Strategy, USAID highlights some practical and potentially powerful initiatives both to improve health by expanding access to clean water and sanitation and to improve food security through better water management in agriculture,” Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and director…

Blogs Address World Malaria Day

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. Caroline Espinosa, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition blog: “The combined efforts by governments, NGOs, and business all around the world have led to more than a 25 percent drop in malaria mortality rates,” Espinosa,…

PBS NewsHour Examines Proposed Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

PBS NewsHour on Wednesday aired two video reports examining proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program included in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request released this month. In a video analysis, correspondent Margaret Warner “reports on [the] new budget proposal that would redirect nearly half the money to buy…

U.S. CDC, FDA, Armed Forces Taking Action To Fight Malaria

Testifying before Congress this week, CDC Director Thomas Frieden “said the challenge in the fight against malaria, which in Africa alone kills one child every minute, is staying one step ahead of the malaria parasite” and “cited the need for better public health surveillance, and urged Congress to fund better…

GlobalPost Examines Implications Of U.S. Budget Negotiations On Global Health Spending

In the first article in a special report titled “The Seven Million,” which looks at “the many challenges faced worldwide in an effort to reduce child mortality” and is “supported through a partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation,” GlobalPost examines the implications of U.S. budget negotiations on global health spending.…