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Ban Calls For Global Unity To End AIDS By 2020 At U.N. Meeting Opening

In his opening address at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “told presidents, ministers and diplomats from across the globe that if all partners involved in the fight unite ‘as never before,'” the goal of “zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths” can be achieved, the Associated Press/Kansas City Star reports (Lederer, 6/8).

U.S. Aid To Afghanistan Unlikely To Produce Lasting Change, Congressional Report Says

“Much of the $19 billion in foreign aid that the United States has pumped into Afghanistan in the past decade may be fueling development on the ground in the short term, but is unlikely to produce change that will last once U.S. troops depart, according to a new congressional report,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (Mulrine, 6/8).

GHI Releases Country Strategies Guidance

The GHI recently released its Guidance for Global Health Initiative Country Strategies. The guidance “defines and clarifies expectations about the GHI strategy,” “sets forth the parameters and content of a GHI strategy,” “provides guidance on how the field will structure itself to deliver on a key tenet of GHI—adopting a…

PEPFAR, UNAIDS To Announce New Plan For Preventing MTCT Of HIV

At the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, PEPFAR “will join with UNAIDS and other partners in releasing a new global action plan for the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. will also place additional resources into helping move towards eliminating pediatric HIV,” according to a State Department press…

Flaws Identified In U.S. Haiti Quake Death Toll Report, USAID Official Says

Flaws have been found in a recent U.S. report suggesting the death toll from Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake was significantly lower than official estimates, Mark Feierstein, USAID’s assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, said on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

USAID Shares Priorities With Pakistan

Writing about the relationship between USAID and Pakistan on the agency’s “Impact blog”, J. Alexander Their, assistant to the administrator and director of the USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, states, “Our shared priorities in energy, economic growth, stabilization, health, and education are directed to addressing both short and…

U.S. Should Delay And Reform Pakistan Aid, Report Says

U.S. aid efforts in Pakistan have become “muddled” and should be delayed until reforms are implemented, a report (.pdf) compiled by a Center for Global Development (CGD) task force, said on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports (Tandon, 6/1).

U.S. Must Provide Ample Funding For GAVI

“Considering its wealth, the U.S. spends relatively little on humanitarian aid that can make an enormous difference in the lives of millions of people – and in the perception of the U.S. around the world. Nothing this nation could do with $450 million would surpass the good accomplished with a vaccination pledge to GAVI,” according to a Detroit Free Press editorial, which calls for President Barack Obama to provide $450 million over three years for the GAVI Alliance (6/1).

Recent Releases In Global Health

As Expected, Little Global Health At G8: “Nothing of significance for global health came out of the G8 Summit” in Deauville, France, according to a post on the Global Health Council’s “Blog 4 Global Health.” The blog notes: “Of particular note was the very low profile of HIV/AIDS in contrast…