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New York Times Profiles USAID Administrator Shah

The New York Times profiles USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and examines the challenges that come with leading the development agency at this point in time. “A staunch supporter of Mr. Obama’s candidacy, he said he viewed his election as a Kennedy moment – worth trading weekend hikes in Washington State for the Beltway slog of Washington,” the New York Times writes of Shah, who explained his decision to join the government by describing himself as a “chronic complainer when we’re not in power.” Shah said, “I believe that these moments in history, when you have this kind of president, are rare.”

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR-Supported Programs In Uganda; Cholera In Nigeria; $275M For Jordan’s Water Supply; Recovered Global Fund Money In Uganda; Maternal Health In India; Malnutrition In Yemen

PEPFAR Awards $250M To Uganda For HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has provided “eleven new awards [which] amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years” to Uganda “in support” of the country’s HIV/AIDS response, a U.S. Mission press release states (10/21). Uganda’s…

Aid Agencies Threaten To Leave Afghanistan As President Karzai Orders Private Security Firms To Dissolve

“Companies and aid organizations implementing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S.-funded projects here say they are preparing to leave Afghanistan unless President Hamid Karzai amends a decree that outlaws their private security protection,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Accusing private firms of “causing civilian casualties and colluding with the Taliban,” Karzai ordered them to dissolve by 2011; he has made an exception for foreign military bases and embassies but not aid and development organizations, according to the newspaper.

Opinions: U.S. Aid For Haiti Delays; U.S. Medical Education Initiative

Sen. Coburn On Haiti Aid Delays In a Washington Examiner opinion piece, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) writes about U.S. aid to Haiti and addresses allegations that he is holding up funding: “The situation in Haiti is confusing, but there are some things we know. First, we know that immediately after the earthquake…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Progress, Challenges In Curbing Neglected Tropical Diseases: “The effect of 30 years of neglect for these diseases in research and development of new diagnostics and drugs, and, crucially, in investing in training and education in vector-borne diseases, is evident. Most current drugs for neglected tropical diseases are old, and the…

USAID Administrator Outlines Feed The Future Initiative At World Food Prize Symposium

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Friday in Iowa “described the Obama administration’s international agricultural development effort, Feed the Future, as a flagship effort for” his agency and “a key plank in the administration’s global development strategy, but said it can’t succeed without more support,” CongressDaily reports (Hagstrom, 10/18).

Importance Of Handwashing Highlighted Through Events In 80 Countries

Noting that Friday is Global Handwashing Day, the Los Angeles Times writes, “Every year, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections cause the death of more than 3.5 million children under age 5. These figures could be cut dramatically if handwashing with soap were widely practiced, experts say.”

Opinions: PR For U.S. Foreign Aid; African Food Security

U.S. Aid Doesn’t Need To Be Branded “Foreign aid is a much cheaper way of conducting a country’s foreign policy than the military – and in many cases it can be much more effective, too,” Reuters’ Felix Salmon writes on his blog. He notes a recent quote from Secretary of State…