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Also In Global Health News: Malaria Parasite; Obama’s Africa Policy; Dengue Fever

Scientists Determine How Malaria Parasite Enters Body Scientists have discovered how the malaria parasite enters the body, ABC Science reports. The researchers, who describe their findings in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, say that by better understanding the basic biology of how parasites move can help in the development…

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.”

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…

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).

Vilsack Promotes Agriculture Improvement In Afghanistan, Announces $20M In Aid

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has launched “a major drive to improve agriculture” in Afghanistan, McClatchy/Miami Herald reports. During an airborne tour of the country’s Helmand province on Tuesday, Vilsack delivered the “message: If you grow wheat, vegetables and pomegranates instead of poppies, the United States will help you reap the financial benefits.” Vilsack said, “This is by far the number one non-military priority here in Afghanistan” (Day, 1/12).

AP Examines Clinton’s Emphasis On Women’s Empowerment, Trip To PNG

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Rodham Clinton travels to Papua New Guinea Wednesday, the Associated Press examines how she will continue to press for “‘women empowerment,’ a signature issue of her nearly one-year tenure as top U.S. diplomat.'”

Donors Agree To 10-Year Haitian Rebuilding Effort Amid Concerns; No Firm Financial Commitments

At a meeting in Montreal, Canada, on Monday, international donors noted concerns, but agreed to a 10-year reconstruction plan to rebuild Haiti, the New York Times reports. “Given Haiti’s long history of mismanagement of funds, international donors were hesitant to write a blank check. And foreign governments had concerns as well about the government’s ability to direct a large reconstruction project after most government buildings were flattened or severely damaged in the Jan. 12 quake,” the newspaper writes (Lacey/Thompson, 1/25).

Analysis, Opinions: Haiti Relief, Rebuilding; NTDs

‘Revolutionary Solutions’ To Rebuild Haiti Associated Press reporter Michelle Faul, who covered Haiti for a decade with the news service, offers this analysis: “Yes, the earth-shattering quake was powerful enough to bring many countries to their knees. But Haiti’s horrendous death toll and cataclysmic damage must also be blamed on a history of bad…