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Global Health Council Conference Panel Discusses Country Ownership

“The Global Health Initiative [GHI] will focus more heavily on countries’ own goals for development, explained Amie Batson, deputy assistant administrator for Global Health at USAID at a panel at the Global Health Council Conference on Thursday,” GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports.

House Passes Agriculture Spending Bill

“The House on Thursday afternoon approved the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a 217-203 vote,” The Hill’s “Floor Action Blog” reports. A day earlier, the House “rejected several amendments from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) to cut the Food for Peace program, the International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program, and make further cuts to [the Women, Infants and Children program],” the blog notes (Kasperowicz, 6/16).

U.S. Government’s GAVI Pledge Took ‘Trade-Offs’ In Global Health Portfolio

Commenting on the U.S. pledge of $450 million to the GAVI Alliance, Gayle Smith, special assistant to the President and senior director for Development and Democracy for the National Security Staff, writes in a White House Blog post, “Investments in vaccines are one of the best and most cost-effective life-saving…

First Lady To Visit Africa

The White House on Wednesday outlined the schedule for First Lady Michelle Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa, which will be “focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellness,” Agence France-Presse reports(6/15).

Quam Outlines GHI At Global Health Council Conference

Lois Quam, executive director of the Obama administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), talked about GHI projects and “defended the program even if her panel was met with some hard questions” during a presentation on Tuesday at the annual Global Health Council conference in Washington, D.C., GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports.

Where Does Non-Emergency Food Aid Fit In Development?

“Pre-positioning food stocks has some important advantages besides saving time: it can lower program costs for the food itself (by minimizing purchases during food price spikes) and shipping (by avoiding bunching of shipments). Mostly, however, it’s crazy that the Congress still requires that U.S. food aid be bought here and transported around the world on U.S.-flagged ships,” Kimberly Ann Elliott, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes on the “Views from the Center” blog.