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FDA Reveals Graphic New Cigarette Warning Labels

“Nearly a half-century after U.S. cigarette packs were emblazoned with their first, modest warning, ‘Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health,’ the Food and Drug Administration – at Congress’ behest – is … requiring tobacco companies to print painful images, such as that of a man smoking through a hole in his throat or of a lip eroded by cancer and a mouthful of rotting teeth, right on their cigarette packs,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (Gelles, 6/22).

Ghanaian, Brazilian Leaders Awarded World Food Prize

“John Kufuor of Ghana and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil won the $250,000 World Food Prize for cutting hunger in half while serving as president of their nations, the prize organizers announced on Tuesday,” Reuters reports.

‘Steadfast Focus’ Needed In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Recapping the 30-year history of HIV/AIDS from an USAID perspective, Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in this “Impact blog” post, “Our work is far from done. We have a shared responsibility as a global partner to save lives by focusing on smart investments. The generosity of the American people has made…

Focus On Men In Family Planning Programs

Scott Radloff, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes about involving men in family planning on USAID’s “Impact Blog.” He writes: “Involving men in international family planning programs is an uphill battle.”

U.N. Official Calls For Additional Food Aid For North Korea

Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.

Michelle Obama Heads To Africa

“U.S. first lady Michelle Obama left for Africa on Sunday, embarking on her second official solo journey abroad with a goal of advancing U.S. policies on education, health, and democracy,” Reuters reports.

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…