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UNAIDS Executive Director Speaks At amfAR Capitol Hill Briefing

“Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, [last week] delivered a keynote speech at The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Capitol Hill Conference ‘Making AIDS History: From Science to Solutions.’ The conference gathered leading government, research, policy, and advocacy experts in Washington, D.C. to build on the enormous progress seen in…

AIDS Funding ‘Should Increasingly’ Flow Through Multilateral Channels

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy Blog,” CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over examines the benefits and challenges of channeling development and health aid through bilateral and multilateral channels, and how foreign policy can influence the continuation or cessation of such funding. He concludes, “Aid that…

U.S. Officials Urge Postponement Of Smallpox Virus Stockpile Destruction

Associated Press/ABC News: Scientists Urge Delay in Destroying Last Smallpox “More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it’s still not time to destroy the last known stockpiles of the virus behind one of history’s deadliest diseases…” (Neergaard, 5/2).

New Software Tool Speeds Ebola Disease Detection

IIP Digital: New Software Tool Helps Track Exposures in Ebola Outbreak “African nations fighting outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are getting help from U.S. disease detectives and a new software tool to quickly find people exposed to the deadly virus…” (4/30).

New Smallpox-Related Virus Discovered In Republic Of Georgia

NPR: New Virus Related To Smallpox Is Found In Republic Of Georgia “Two herdsmen in the country of Georgia have been infected with a brand-new virus, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The newly identified virus is a second cousin to smallpox…” (Doucleff, 5/1).

House Measure Would Bring Food Aid Reform ‘A Step Backward’

Washington Post: The House would leave starving people abroad hungrier “…[T]he House of Representatives [recently] approved a measure that would actually take [U.S. food aid reform] a step backward. Specifically, the House passed an appropriations bill for the Coast Guard with a provision that would require 75 percent of all U.S.…

International Food Security ‘Is Clearly In The U.S. National Interest’

Huffington Post: In the Field With CARE in Central America Dan Glickman, senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center “…[A]t its core, agriculture policy is about making sure that people, in the United States and abroad, can grow or afford enough nutritious food for themselves and their families. … Foreign…

U.S. Committed To Meeting Needs Of Women, Girls Affected By Syrian Conflict

Carla Koppell, chief strategy officer, and Allison Salyer, gender adviser with the USAID Task Force on Syria, write in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the agency’s efforts to meet the needs of women and girls affected by ongoing conflict in Syria. “…USAID has stepped up commitments to meet the needs of women…

NGOs React To U.S. House-Passed Provision That Would Affect Food Aid Shipping

Organizations are reacting to a provision contained in Section 318 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 and passed by the House of Representatives, which, if approved by Congress, would mandate an increase in the percentage of food aid shipped on U.S.-flagged vessels. Michael Helms, a government…

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