The Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved a $52.7 billion FY 2011 spending bill on Wednesday, CongressDaily reports. The bill withheld $3.9 billion in aid for Afghanistan in response to concerns about corruption and “already cut $4 billion from President Obama’s request to fund the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and dozens of foreign assistance and cooperation programs,” the publication writes.
Also In Global Health News: Malaria Drugs In Kenya; Dengue Epidemic In Caribbean; Kenya’s Controversial Draft Constitution; UN Women Budget
Kenya To Benefit From Deal To Cut Malaria Drug Prices In Half Business Daily reports that “Kenyans are set to benefit from a major deal that is likely to cut prices of malaria drugs by more than half, easing the pressure on family medical costs.” The deal involves the Global…
Global Fund Head Repeats Appeal For Emerging Countries To Invest More In Fight Against AIDS, TB, Malaria
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Director Michel Kazatchkine on Thursday repeated his appeal for emerging countries to scale up their contributions to fight the three major diseases, Agence France-Presse reports.
“From bust to boom to bust again: artemisinin, the key ingredient of front-line antimalarial drugs, is entering the third chapter of its turbulent history,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the challenges scientists and farmers are facing as they attempt to keep up with the growing demand for the compound just as a “$343-million initiative starts to battle malaria through hugely subsidized medicines.”
Opinions: Health And Agriculture; GHI’s Main Ideas; Recommendations To Improve Haiti’s Government; China And The Global Fund
Health, Agriculture Experts Should Collaborate More Often In a SciDev.Net opinion piece, Jeff Waage, director of the London International Development Centre, argues for more collaboration between agriculture and health experts. “The relationship between agriculture and health may seem intuitive and simpleÂ â€“ grow more crops and people will have more food…
Opinions: MDG Progress; Drug Patents; Aid For Scientific Research; Avoiding Food Crises; Hunger In India; U.S. Commitments To PEPFAR, Global Fund
MDGs Are Less About Timeline, More About Identifiable Progress “Between the catastrophes of the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods, there was actually some good news this spring on the global health front, which offers hope that the United Nations’ ambitious Millennium Development Goals might not be at a standstill.…
Global Fund Investigates Allegations That Donated Malaria Drugs Were Stolen, Resold In Some African Countries
After recent research found that some donated malaria drugs are being stolen and sold commercially in several African countries, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Communications Director Joe Liden said the group is looking into the situation “in a number of countries,” PBS’ NewsHour’s blog, “The Rundown” reports.
“A record 1.2 million people in low- and middle-income countries started antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS in 2009” â€“ a 30 percent increase from the previous year and a 13-fold increase in six years, according to a joint report released Tuesday by the WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS, Reuters reports. In total, the report found that 5.25 million people received antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2009, three-quarters of them living in Africa (Migiro, 9/28).
U.S. Aid Mostly ‘Invisible To Pakistanis’ “The U.S. military has been working hard to provide flood assistance, but most of that is invisible to Pakistanis,” David Ignatius writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. TheÂ article examines the views of Pakistani flood victims, including criticism of their own government’s response: “And…
Also In Global Health News: African Bank Donates To Global Fund; Dengue-Blocking Mosquitoes; Maternal Health In Afghanistan; Leishmaniasis Drug; HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Malnutrition In Mozambique; MDR-TB Study
Africa’s Access Bank Donates $1M To Global Fund Africa’s Access Bank “has announced a donation of the sum of $1 million to the Global Fund’s Gift from Africa” project redeemable over a 3-year period (2010 – 2012),” according to the New Times/allAfrica.com. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Access Bank’s group managing director, said…