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Sec. Of State Clinton Discusses Global Health Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about President Barack Obama’s $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) during a speech on Monday at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Reuters’ “Front Row Washington” blog reports (Ashburn, 8/16).

ASEAN Representatives Participate In Week-Long Exercise Aimed At Improving Region’s Pandemic Response

A group of experts from Southeast Asia gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Monday for the start of a week-long exercise to help bolster “the capabilities of [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] ASEAN member states, both individually and collectively, to prepare for and respond to a severe pandemic with potentially devastating effects on the region,” Agence France-Presse reports (8/17).

Washington Times Examines How Millennium Challenge Corporation Deals With Recipient Country Corruption

The Washington Times examines how the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which dispenses U.S. foreign aid “meant to help reduce global poverty by stimulating economic growth,” deals with countries that initially pass screening tests, but are later suspected of corruption. The article looks specifically at Senegal, which is scheduled to receive “$540 million over five years [through MCC] to help farmers increase their productivity by improving the irrigation system and rehabilitating roads to help get products to market.” The story examines several recent questionable expenditures by Senegal’s government, such as the building of a $24 million bronze statue in capital of Dakar.

HHS Unveils $1.9B Strategy To Better Prepare For Biological Threats

“Acknowledging that the development of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism threats and pandemic flu is lagging, [U.S.] federal authorities Thursday announced a $1.9 billion makeover of the system for identifying and manufacturing drugs and vaccines for public-health emergencies,” Tribune Company/Seattle Times reports. “The overhaul includes manufacturing refinements aimed at shaving weeks off the time it takes to produce pandemic flu vaccine and a series of steps aimed at more quickly detecting promising scientific discoveries and getting them to market,” the news service writes (Zajac, 8/19).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Remains A ‘Sound Investment’ In view of World Humanitarian Day, a Huffington Post blog discusses the “lessons” of disaster response and the global “proliferation of humanitarian crises.” First, the authors write that “the number of people affected by disasters is on the rise,” mostly due to conflict and…

Donors Announce New Pledges For Pakistan Flood Relief

The U.S. and other donor nations “significantly upped their pledges” of aid for the flooding in Pakistan during a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Thursday, in which the U.N. “appeared to [meet] its target of $460 million in immediate aid for flood-stricken Pakistan,” the Associated Press reports.

Also In Global Health News: Disaster Preparedness In Asian Health Sector; PEPFAR In Uganda; Malnutrition In Chad

IRIN Examines Disaster Preparedness In Asian Health Sectors IRIN reports on disaster preparedness in Asian health sectors. According to the news service, nine countries working with Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) “have emergency preparedness plans in place for their health sectors.” The article includes comments by Frederick John Abo…

Opinions: HIV Prevention Research; Foreign Aid; Sanitation; Aid, Self-Reliance

Advancing HIV Prevention Research Requires ‘Spirit Of Global Collaboration’ “Microbicides, vaccines and other new approaches will one day join proven HIV-prevention strategies, including condoms, male circumcision and clean needles. How soon that day comes will depend on whether funders and the scientific community can develop the more collaborative approaches to…