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First Lady Obama Visits Haiti

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.

Opinions: Health And Living Conditions; H1N1, One Year Later; Global Water Shortages

Better Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect on several health problems associated with unsanitary and crowded living…

Opinions: African Aid; Aid To Haiti; DDT

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 — especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria — saves lives and…

Boston Globe Examines How PEPFAR Budget Pressures Are Affecting AIDS Clinics In Africa

“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.

SciDev.Net Examines USAID’s Science Diplomacy Efforts

“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.

Recent Releases In Global Health

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…

Cities, Leaders Worldwide Mark World Health Day

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).