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President Obama Should Take Two Actions To Advance AIDS-Free Generation Goal

“We are making historic progress against HIV/AIDS … [y]et AIDS remains the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chair of endgame, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal…

Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Response In Philippines

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces in the Washington Post addressing the post-typhoon humanitarian response in the Philippines.Lauren Prather: In the newspaper’s “The Monkey Cage” blog, Prather, a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s Department of Political Science, examines whether the U.S. should provide aid in the form…

Blog Examines U.S. Food Aid Program, Proposed Changes

In a post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance” blog, senior fellow Kimberly Ann Elliott and research assistant Will McKitterick examine the U.S. Food for Peace program and proposed changes to the food aid program in light of the humanitarian situation in the typhoon-stricken Philippines.…

USAID Working To Help Philippines After Typhoon

“While nothing can undo the damage wrought by [Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines], the U.S. government has mounted a swift, large, and coordinated relief effort using all of the tools at our disposal, with USAID leading that humanitarian response,” Jeremy Konyndyk, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance,…

U.S. Investment In Family Planning Provides ‘Social, Economic, Political Benefits’

Noting the recently concluded third annual International Conference on Family Planning, Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), writes in the CFR “Development Channel” blog, “This week’s meeting in Ethiopia underscores the…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Urge U.S. To Invest In Global Fund

The following editorial and opinion piece address U.S. funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is holding its replenishment meeting in Washington, D.C., in December and aiming to raise an additional $15 billion over the next three years. Eugene Register-Guard: “The United States should set…

Examining Key Lessons From 3rd Global Forum On Human Resources For Health

Noting “USAID staff from Washington and the field gathered in Recife, Brazil, this week for the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH), joining over 2,000 HRH policymakers, experts, advocates and frontline health workers from 57 countries,” Diana Frymus, health systems strengthening adviser for USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS;…

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Bringing Closure Of ‘Model’ Hospital

“By next month, there will be no more doctors at the clinic once deemed a model for Afghanistan,” as “its [U.S.] funding [is] depleted and the Afghan government [is] unable to provide support,” the Washington Post reports. “As the United States’ longest war winds down, hundreds of aid projects are…

Media Outlets Examine Dengue’s Spread, Prevention Research

According to the WHO, dengue “infections [this year] are breaking records all over Asia and Latin America — from sweeping epidemics in Nicaragua to the worst outbreaks in six years in India, 20 years in Thailand and the first homegrown case in Western Australia in seven decades,” TIME reports. “The…

Lawmakers Urge President Obama To Double PEPFAR Treatment Goal

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), “along with 38 other lawmakers, sent a letter [.pdf] to President Obama calling on the administration to announce a doubling of the number of people on treatment through [PEPFAR] during the Fourth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis…

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