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Blogs Discuss CIA Policy Disallowing Fake Vaccination Programs

Blogs address a new CIA policy stating the agency no longer will use vaccination programs for covert operations, as was done in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Humanosphere: CIA promises not to do any more fake vaccination programs Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses the Obama…

CIA No Longer Will Use Fake Vaccination Programs As Covers, White House Official Says

News outlets report that in a written response to a group of public health school deans, President Obama’s top homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, states the CIA no longer will use vaccination programs for covert operations, as was done in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune:…

Obama Administration Should Make Women’s, Girls’ Rights Central To Foreign Policy

CNN: Why it’s time to put women’s issues at center of foreign policy Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center “The international outrage over Boko Haram’s abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria has grown since the story first hit the news; mothers in Nigeria took action and…

CDC, WHO Vigilant Over MERS

CBS New York: The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough? “…The CDC and WHO appear to be doing everything they can to prevent a full-blown MERS crisis, however many are still concerned about the virus’ fate, including the White House. … Only time will tell how the deadly MERS…

Birx Says AIDS-Free Generation Is Possible

PEPFAR: Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on PEPFAR’s Approach to Achieving an AIDS-free Generation “…Looking forward, our vision is to achieve an AIDS-free generation through impact, accountability, transparency, shared responsibility, and a commitment to human rights. Together, with all hands on deck, I believe…

CSIS Report Examines Policy Implications Of Homophobia In Africa

CSIS: Revitalizing the Fight against Homophobia in Africa In this report, Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow at the CSIS Africa Program, “examines the current situation and offers recommendations for U.S. policymakers to consider as they confront the dilemma of advocating respect for human rights while avoiding backlash from governments…

Blogs Discuss Energy Investment In Africa

Blogs discuss U.S. government and private enterprise energy investment in Africa. Humanosphere: Why the Electrify Africa Act is vital to powering Africa Development blogger Tom Murphy writes, “The launch of the [Power Africa] program, made by Obama during his Africa tour last summer, is one of the most significant initiatives…

Experts Warn Of HIV Treatment Gaps Among Children, Adolescents Worldwide

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: AIDS among children, teenagers a ‘Hidden Epidemic’ The blog summarizes remarks made by experts at a congressional briefing held Thursday on the crisis of pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS care (Aziz, 5/15).

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