In her first public address since being tapped in January to serve as executive director of President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), Lois Quam on Tuesday said she’s been doing “a lot of listening” to officials at the State Department, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC and other agencies about the GHI. At a town-hall event hosted at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C., Quam reflected on U.S. contributions to global health successes and acknowledged that significant work remains for improving health worldwide.
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U.S. Considers Resuming Food Aid To N. Korea “The U.S. is considering resumption of food aid to North Korea amid fears people there could starve after a harsh winter, top officials said Tuesday” during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, the Associated Press reports (3/1). “It was in the wake…
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Sexual Violence Hinders Girls’ Education, UNESCO Report Says In its annual report on education, the U.N.Â Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlights howÂ sexual violence affects development issues, including girls’ education, the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports. According to UNESCO,Â “in 35 countries affected by conflict there are 28 million children out…
Researchers Report ‘Surprisingly Little’ Evidence That Economic Downturns Are Associated With Deep Development Aid Cuts
Despite concerns expressed by the World Bank and the WHO that the current economic climate would lead donor countries to scale back development assistance, a study (.pdf) published online Friday in the WHO Bulletin finds what the authors “described as ‘surprisingly little’ evidence that economic downturns are associated with deep cuts in aid, at least in the first few years of a financial crisis,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 2/25).
“House Republicans late Friday afternoon released a two-week continuing resolution [CR] that cuts more than $4 billion in federal spending,” Roll Call reports (Stanton, 2/25). “Under the proposal, the law now keeping the government open would be extended two more weeks, until March 18 … In the interim, House and Senate leaders would try to negotiate a broader plan to finance the government at reduced levels through Sept. 30,” the New York Times reports. Republican leaders trimmed programs in education, transportation and other areas “that President Obama had previously sought to close down” (Hulse, 2/25). “The plan, scheduled to hit the House floor Tuesday, includes $1.24 billion in program terminations and $2.7 billion in earmark terminations, according to a summary provided by the House Appropriations Committee,” CQ writes (Goldfarb/Young, 2/25).
Obama Administration Must Not Accept Budget Cuts To Global Agriculture The “hard truth is that if the United States doesn’t keep its word” onÂ a pledge to deliver $3.5 billion toÂ the G20’sÂ $22 billion food security initiative for “vulnerable” developing countries, “no one else will,” a New York Times editorial states.Â The…
House, Senate Leaders Continue Negotiations On FY11 Budget; Global Health Advocates Protest Spending Cuts
Federal budget negotiations continued on Thursday, “as Senate Democrats looked for targets for cuts in the remaining months of fiscal 2011 and House Republicans appeared ready to unveil a stopgap plan that would make deep reductions over the next two weeks,” CQ reports.
New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheetÂ breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…
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IRIN/PlusNews Examines Efforts To Integrate HIV/AIDS Treatment And Maternal, Child Health Care IRIN/PlusNews examines Kenya’s efforts to integrate maternal and child health care and HIV/AIDS services as a way to ensure more pregnant women and mothers living with HIV/AIDS receive the treatment they need. The article describes the success of…
Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of women’s rights advocates say ending violence against women must be a top priority for U.N. Women, according to a report released Wednesday at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, Inter Press Service reports. Released a day ahead of the official launch of the new agency, the “Blueprint for U.N. Women” survey, commissioned by the groups Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Oxfam, outlines “the views and efforts, documented in the report, of some 100 civil society organisations working in over 75 countries on human rights, gender equality and social justice,” according to the news service (D’Almeida, 2/24).