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Examining Need For Integrated HIV, Maternal Health Solutions

According to recent estimates, HIV-positive pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa “had eight times the risk of death during pregnancy than HIV-negative pregnant women,” Senior HIV/AIDS Technical Adviser Jennifer Albertini, Health Program Adviser for the Office of Sustainable Development’s Health Team Karen Fogg, and Senior Maternal Health (MH) Adviser in the…

Recognizing Health Improvements In Uganda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden reflects on a recent trip to Uganda, “the only country served by [PEPFAR] with a rising HIV incidence,” writing, “Although Uganda will have challenges for many years as a result of increased HIV infections over the past…

Head Of Georgian Health Policy Group Discusses HIV/AIDS, Public Health Trends

In partnership with the Skoll World Forum, Forbes features an interview with George Gotsadze, who since 1996 has led Georgian think tank Curatio International Foundation, which focuses on health policy and health systems issues, primarily in the post-Soviet states. According to the interview transcript, Gotsadze reflects on public health in…

Experts Discuss Future Of PEPFAR, Potential For Reauthorization

While “experts agree” the “chances of [PEPFAR] being reauthorized is slim,” they also “say that Congress does not need to reauthorize the program,” CQ Online News reports. Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, “said reauthorization is not imperative as long…

U.S. To Send Additional $195M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 8/7). “A statement from Obama marking Eid…

Working To Improve Sanitation Practice, Safe Water Supply In Liberia

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Pieter DeVries, chief of party of the Improved Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (IWASH) Project, examines the program’s efforts to improve sanitation practices and safe water supply in Liberia, where “open defection is the most common sanitation practice.” He notes, “This fact, coupled with a…

USAID Supporting Delivery Of HIV/AIDS Services In Zimbabwe

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Margot Welk, communications and development outreach adviser at USAID in Zimbabwe, reflects on how the agency “is supporting the delivery of high-quality HIV/AIDS services” in the country. “USAID provides infant HIV test kits and [antiretrovirals (ARVs)] to many clinics throughout Zimbabwe,” she writes, highlighting…

BBC News Magazine Examines Proposed U.S. Food Aid Reform

The BBC News magazine on Monday examined the debate over proposed food aid reforms in the U.S. “President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposed to change the law so that [up to] 45 percent of food for aid could be bought outside the U.S., or the hungry could be given cash…

Congress Should Move Forward With Food Aid Reform To Feed More People, Save Money

“For decades, U.S. aid has fed millions overseas but the policy is stuck in a time warp and has failed to keep up with 21st-century innovations and smarter practices,” Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, writes in a Seattle Times opinion piece. “With common-sense modifications, U.S. food assistance could reach…