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U.S., World Mount Response To Haiti 7.0 Earthquake

Rescue teams and aid groups headed to Haiti on Wednesday to offer help and “assess damage from a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake that crippled the island nation, severing communications with the outside world and crumbling countless buildings,” the Miami Herald reports (Charles et al., 1/13). Tuesday’s “earthquake was the worst in the region in more than 200 years and left the country in a shambles,” according to the New York Times (Romero/Lacy, 1/13).

ProPublica Examines USAID Efforts To Fund, Train Local Organizations In Pakistan

“As the United States prepares to drastically increase civilian aid in Pakistan, [USAID,] the agency in charge has asked for help training the local organizations that will spend that aid money, saying those organizations ‘do not meet the minimum standards for managing’ U.S. government funds,” ProPublica reports in a story that examines the challenges associated with channeling aid money for Pakistan away from American contractors and NGOs to Pakistani organizations.

Obama Administration Supports Cairo Conference Goals, Clinton Says

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “reiterated the Obama administration’s support” for universal access to family planning and maternal health care, All Headline News reports. Clinton spoke at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development Action Plan held in Cairo, Egypt.

Recent Releases In Global Health

‘Accelerated Progress’ Required To Meet Child Mortality MDG By 2015 A Lancet Comment examines the “grossly insufficient” progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing under-5 child mortality. “Accelerated progress can be achieved, even in the poorest environments, through: integrated, evidence-driven, and community-based programmes that focus on addressing…

Shah Sworn In As USAID Administrator

On Thursday, Rajiv Shah was sworn in as USAID administrator at an official ceremony in Washington, D.C., Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports. “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed overwhelming praise and relief before swearing in Shah,” according to the blog, which noted that Clinton’s remarks provided some “insider details” about Shah.

Opinions: Uganda Anti-Gay Bill; Clinton’s Foreign Policy Speech; PEPFAR

Washington Post Editorial Voices Disapproval Of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill A Washington Post editorial calles anti-gay legislation currently under consideration in Uganda “an atrocity.” The authors of the editorial write that under the legislation, “anyone convicted of ‘aggravated homosexuality,’ which could mean someone who is HIV-positive and is intimate with another person of the…

Also In Global Health News: Afghan Waste Management, Social Issues; Male Circumcision In Kenya; Somalia, WFP; HIV/AIDS Fight In Malawi

$60M USAID Waste Management Project In Afghanistan USAID will spend $60 million through 2012 on “waste management, drainage channels and roadside ditches, the rehabilitation of city parks and sports fields, and other greenery programmes in Kabul,” Afghanistan, IRIN reports. The article also looks at the health effects of unmanaged waste in…

Development To Be ‘Central Pillar’ Of U.S. Foreign Policy, Clinton Says

In a speech on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that it is time to “elevate development as a central pillar of all that we do in our foreign policy,” United Press International reports (1/6). According to Reuters, “U.S. security depends on a new approach to international aid, so Washington must consult more and dictate less as it dispenses billions of dollars in assistance, … Clinton said.”