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Senate Approves Appropriations Package, Obama Expected To Sign

After the Senate approved a House-passed spending package worth almost $450 billion on Sunday, the legislation, which “includes annual foreign aid packages,” will go to President Barack Obama, Agence France-Presse reports. Obama is expected to sign the legislation (12/13).

McClatchy Series Examines Africa’s Population

McClatchy published a three-part series examining the “population boom” in Africa. Summaries appear below. One article looks at the relationship between Africa’s rising population and poverty. “Although it’s frequently portrayed as a continent decimated by epidemics, starvation and war, Africa is gripped by one of the greatest population explosions ever…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Examines Connection Between Climate Change, Health A Lancet Comment examines the connection between climate change and human health and highlights the role health professionals can play in dealing with the future effects of climate change. “The only heartening aspect of this bleak terrain is the gathering awareness that…

Agricultural Alliance Releases Report Calling For Efforts To Prevent Climate Change From Affecting Global Food Security

The “food-security arm of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR], a global alliance of agricultural experts,” launched a report Friday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen that “calls for an intensive effort to speed the implementation of dozens of agriculture-related technologies in developing countries, which are the most vulnerable to climate change,” the Globe and Mail reports.

Appropriations Package Approved By House, Senate To Consider Next

The House on Thursday “took a major step toward wrapping up the FY10 appropriations process when it approved, 221-202, a nearly $450 billion spending package that includes six of the seven annual appropriations bills Congress has yet to enact,” CongressDaily reports. The package includes the $48.7 billion State and Foreign Operations bill. “All Republicans, as well as 28 Democrats, opposed the bill,” according to CongressDaily (Sanchez, 12/10).

FY2010 State And Foreign Ops Bill Expected To Move On The Hill This Month

The fiscal year 2010 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for global health-related measures, “is moving on the Hill as part of a mammoth catch-all spending bill that’s expected to move through both chambers this month,” Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports.

Shah Nomination Advances To Full Senate For Consideration

“The nomination of [President Barack] Obama’s pick to head USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, moved to the full Senate for consideration after receiving a unanimous voice vote from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee” Tuesday, Politico’s Laura Rozen reports.

Washington Post, New York Times Examine PEPFAR

The Washington Post examines the Obama administration’s goal “to get the ‘emergency’ out of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief” and integrate HIV/AIDS programs more into the health infrastructure of recipient countries. A five-year strategy for PEPFAR was released last week.

Opinions: ARV Access; Global Health Promotion; Climate Change; Under-Nutrition; Ethiopia

Column Examines How Trade Rules, Policy Directions May Improve Access To ARVs In an Intellectual Property Watch column, Daniele Dionisio, of the Italian Network for International Fight against AIDS, examines how trade rules and policy directions by governments and institutions may help to improve countries’ access to antiretrovirals. Dionisio outlines areas…