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Blog Examines U.S. Commitment To Ending Global Hunger

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a champion of the fight to end global hunger and undernutrition, making the case for increased investments in food security and nutrition to help move people out of poverty, create stronger communities, and build a more stable world,” Jonathan Shrier, acting special…

Will Secretary Kerry Influence The White House AIDS Budget?

As John Kerry begins his role as Secretary of State, “some very important decisions will be being made, including the budget for the coming year for key development programs. Will Secretary Kerry fix the administration’s AIDS budget problem?” AIDS and human rights activist Matthew Kavanagh writes in the Huffington Post…

Secretary Clinton Announces New Partnerships At Event Celebrating Power Of Collaboration

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [on Thursday] hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration,” Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Kris Balderston, the special representative for global partnerships, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “We…

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Primer On U.S. Engagement In Global Health Issues

A new Kaiser Family Foundation primer “provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. government’s engagement in global health issues, including a look at the federal programs that support these efforts,” according to an email alert from the foundation. “The ‘U.S. Government Engagement In Global Health: A Primer’ provides basic information…

Senate Confirms Sen. John Kerry As Secretary Of State

“The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as Secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama’s second-term Cabinet,” the Los Angeles Times reports (Richter/Memoli, 1/29). “The Senate voted 94-3 to confirm Mr. Kerry as Hillary Clinton’s successor,” the Wall Street Journal…

President Obama Announces $155M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Barack Obama [on Tuesday] approved an additional $155 million of humanitarian aid and announced it himself in order to underscore to the Syrian people and the international community the U.S. commitment to assisting Syrians and other refugees in need of immediate, lifesaving assistance as a result of [Syrian President…

USAID Newsletter Focuses On Child Survival

USAID provides a child survival update in this special issue of its newsletter, “Global Health News.” The newsletter includes an update on child survival and development in India; information on the Grand Challenge’s “third call for innovative prevention and treatment approaches to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths”;…

U.S. Supreme Court Should End ‘Counterproductive’ Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge

In the Huffington Post’s “Politics” blog, journalist and author John-Manuel Andriote notes the U.S. Supreme Court this month agreed to hear a case challenging the federal anti-prostitution pledge, which requires groups that receive federal funding for overseas HIV/AIDS programs to sign a pledge denouncing prostitution and sex trafficking as a…