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Sebelius Asserts Health Is ‘Great Global Connector,’ Says World Cannot Ignore Disease

Associated Press/Washington Post: U.S. health secretary: Nations cannot ignore disease “Health is the ‘great global connector’ and ignoring disease in other nations will punish people everywhere as the world increasingly is connected by air travel and food transported across the globe, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said…

USAID Highlights Programs On World Health Day

“…Preventing and controlling vector-borne diseases, diseases carried by insects, ticks and small animals, is central to achieving President Obama’s vision of ending extreme poverty. On World Health Day, commemorated each year on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the…

Deborah Birx Sworn In As U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Media sources report on the swearing in of Deborah Birx as the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. New York Times: New Global AIDS Chief for U.S. Assumes Post “Dr. Deborah Birx, a former chief for global AIDS for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was sworn in on Friday…

U.S.-Funded HIV Project Raided In Uganda Under Country’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets report on a raid at a U.S.-funded HIV project in Uganda, aimed at enforcing the country’s recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Law. Agence France-Presse: Uganda police raid HIV project for ‘homosexuality training’ “Uganda police raided a U.S.-funded HIV project for ‘training youths in homosexuality,’ the government said, weeks after the…

Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls Remains Critical To Post-2015 Agenda

In the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and discusses challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. Russell writes, “After lengthy negotiations the…

IPCC Report Demands Action On Climate Change

Washington Post: The new IPCC report shows that work to limit climate change must begin now Noting the findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “its first comprehensive report since 2007 on the changes that might accompany a rising global temperature and on humanity’s…

Crucial Civilian Aid ‘In Jeopardy’ In Afghanistan

Foreign Policy: Let Me Down Easy Anja Manuel, partner at Rice Hadley Gates LLC and lecturer at Stanford University, and Justine Isola, associate at Rice Hadley Gates LLC “…Since the war in Afghanistan began more than a decade ago, U.S. civilian aid to Afghanistan has largely — if unintentionally –…

Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts Of Anti-Gay Laws In Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a recent Capitol Hill briefing at which a panel of experts discussed the public health impacts of emerging laws in Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Population Council Vice President Naomi Rutenberg, Ugandan HIV treatment and gay rights advocate…

USAID Launches U.S. Global Development Lab

Media sources report on USAID’s launch of its new U.S. Global Development Lab. Devex: USAID, Hillary Clinton launch Global Development Lab for game-changing innovations “The day is finally here. After four years in the works, multiple name changes, and numerous launch delays, the U.S. Agency for International Development is finally…

PEPFAR Helping Haiti Make Progress Toward AIDS-Free Generation

In a post on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Julia Martin discusses PEPFAR’s role in Haiti’s progress against HIV/AIDS. She writes, “This year, Haiti reached an historic milestone in its HIV/AIDS response by achieving universal access to treatment. This means that 80 percent of those…