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A Call For Continued Investment In Global Health, Development

In this Politico opinion piece, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who chairs the non-profit Hope Through Healing Hands, writes, “Continued investment in the fight to end global AIDS is more than an investment in the lives of families and communities in developing nations — it is an investment in security, diplomacy and our moral image worldwide.” He says the goals announced by President Barack Obama on World AIDS Day — including providing antiretroviral treatment to a total of six million people by the end of 2013 — “must have the support of Congress.” Frist continues, “Under the current budget cuts, more than four million people will likely lack mosquito nets, a cheap way to prevent malaria. More than 900,000 children will lack access to vaccinations for measles, tetanus and pertussis.” He stresses the “need for accountability, transparency and results,” citing the Millennium Challenge Corporation as “a good example of promoting aid effectiveness from ‘input to impact.'” He concludes, “Foreign aid is less than one percent of our national budget, so cutting it would have a miniscule effect on our deficit reduction” (12/14).

U.S. Postpones Decision On Food Aid To North Korea; Aid Groups Worry Situation Could Worsen

“Humanitarian groups fear that the death of Kim Jong-il could worsen North Korea’s dire food situation, after the U.S. postponed a decision on potential aid,” the Guardian reports (Branigan, 12/21). “‘We need to see where (the North Koreans) are and where they go as they move through their transition period,’ said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland addressing questions about food aid on Tuesday. ‘We will obviously need to reengage at the right moment, but … we haven’t made any internal decisions here,'” MSNBC.com notes.

Blog Examines Potential For Success Of Office Of Global Health Diplomacy

Writing in the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog, J. Stephen Morrison, CSIS senior vice president and director of the center’s Global Health Policy Center, discusses the history of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the recent creation of the State Department’s Office of Global Health…

Building Global Health Into Relations With China

Writing in the Global Health Governance Blog, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, addresses President Obama about “the challenge of building a mature and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship” with China. “Building an enhanced global health agenda into the pivot strategy would contribute…

New Issue Of Global Health Diplomacy Network’s ‘Health Diplomacy Monitor’ Available Online

Volume 4, Issue 1 (.pdf) of the Global Health Diplomacy Network’s “Health Diplomacy Monitor” is now available online. The issue includes updates from the WHO’s 132nd Executive Board meeting on a number of topics, including the development of a global framework on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), polio eradication efforts, and the issue of…

Clinton Embarks On 7 Nation African Tour

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads this week on a seven-nation tour of Africa aiming to prove U.S. commitment to the continent after the administration’s early focus elsewhere,” AFP/ABS-CBN News reports.

Opinion: Local Drug Production In Developing Countries; Obama’s PEPFAR Changes

Local Drug Production Doesn’t Increase Access, Undermines Quality The international community focuses on lowering drug prices as a means of improving access and “today its idea is local pharmaceutical production … But while the German Government and other countries’ aid agencies are helping fund small firms in Africa, they have…

Opinions: Pragmatic Vs. Moral Approach To Health Care Access; Pres. Bush’s PEPFAR

Rights Advocacy Not The Best Approach For Global Health “[T]he global campaign to equalise access to healthcare has had a surprising result: it has made global healthcare more unequal,” William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of its Development Research Institute, writes in a Financial Times…

Seattle Non-Profit Recommends Strategy For Improving U.S. Foreign Aid Efficacy

“[T]he United States needs a national strategy to clarify the goals of foreign aid, trade policy consistent with those goals, an easier process for small businesses to participate and support for international education programs,” according to a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid assistance released Tuesday by the Seattle-based non-profit Global Washington, the Seattle Times reports.

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