Three senior Obama administration officials with global health-related portfolios spoke about the details and implementation of President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative during a forum Wednesday at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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First lady Michelle Obama, along with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, “paid a surprise visit to Haiti Tuesday, witnessing the ‘powerful’ devastation left in the wake of a massive earthquake three months ago,” Agence-France Presse reports. Obama and Biden took a helicopter tour of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and visited the “badly damaged” National Palace as well as a refugee camp.
BetterÂ Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority LeaderÂ Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion pieceÂ about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect onÂ several healthÂ problems associated with unsanitaryÂ and crowded living…
In Africa, Aid ‘Alone’ Won’t Relieve Poverty and Underdevelopment “There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa’s plight. Where it is wrong is that aid â€” especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria â€” saves lives and…
“U.S. officials have asked some AIDS clinics overseas to stop enrolling new patients in a U.S.-sponsored program that provides lifesaving antiretroviral drugs, in a bid to stem the rising costs of one of the most ambitious US assistance programs, according to interviews with doctors and official correspondence,” the Boston Globe reports.
“The U.S. government’s international development agency is stepping up its focus on science and technology with a key appointment intended to enhance the agency’s programmes in the Middle East and bolster the Obama administration’s push for science diplomacy,” SciDev.Net reports.
Partners In Health Co-Founder Lectures On Global Health Topics The Dartmouth reports on a recent talk by Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, co-founder of Partners In Health. During his lecture, which touched on several global health-related topics, “Kim stressed the need to incorporate ‘health care delivery science’ into undergraduate…
The Department of State on Wednesday announced it is opening a “new office on hunger and food security,” Politico’s Laura Rozen writes on her blog.
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Survey Finds 1.5M Pregnant Women, Children Face ‘Extreme Hunger’ In Democratic Republic Of Congo One and a half million pregnant women and children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of Congo are “facing extreme hunger,” according to a survey by the Congolese Ministry of Health, backed by…
Cities throughout the world are marking World Health Day today by promoting urban health, as part of the WHO’s “1,000 cities, 1,000 lives” campaign, CNN reports (Shaikh, 4/7).