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Aid Begins Flowing Into Haiti, Up To 3M May Be Affected

“Aid started flowing into Haiti Wednesday in the wake of the earthquake that slammed the impoverished nation late Tuesday afternoon,” CNN reports. “One of two [U.S] military cargo planes carrying a 30-man assessment team arrived at Port-au-Prince airport Wednesday evening to assess Haiti’s needs.” The article outlines aid groups’ strategy for coordinating efforts and also lists countries’ contributions to relief efforts (1/14).

Also In Global Health News: Family Planning In Philippines; Drug Pricing In Africa

Government Releases Family Planning Survey In Philippines A government survey in the Philippines “found 73 percent of married women would use birth control if it were available, 22 percentage points higher than the 51 percent that did use such methods,” Agence France-Presse reports. The country is facing a rapid population…

Opinions: Haiti Aid Efforts

Former Pres. Clinton: ‘We Will Create Better Tomorrows By Building Haiti Back Better’ Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.N. special envoy for Haiti, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece that “early estimates indicate that nearly 3 million people – almost a third of Haiti’s population – may need aid, making this one…

Also In Global Health News: Anti-Gay Bill; Bush Institute TV Show; Funds For HIV Programs In Kenya; EU Aid Commitments

Ugandan Pres. Museveni On Anti-Gay Bill: ‘It’s A Foreign Policy Issue’ Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the need to address the impact an anti-gay bill before the Ugandan parliament could have on foreign policy, Agence France-Presse reports (1/12). “Addressing a party conference [Tuesday], Museveni said the private…

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.'”

AP, IRIN Examine Lawsuit Challenging Plumpy’nut Patent

The Associated Press examines the decision by two U.S. nonprofit groups seeking to increase production of the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), Plumpy’nut, to file a lawsuit against the French organizations that hold the product’s U.S. patent.

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).

UNICEF Program Aimed At Curbing Deaths In West Africa Falls Short Of Goals, Study Finds

A $27 million UNICEF program that aims to decrease disease-related child deaths in West Africa did not meet its goal of reducing death rates by at least 25 percent at the conclusion of 2006, according to a Lancet study published on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. “The U.N. children’s agency pursued strategies like vaccinating children, giving them vitamin A pills and distributing bednets to protect against malaria from 2001 to 2005 in parts of 11 countries,” according to the article.

ProPublica Examines USAID Efforts To Fund, Train Local Organizations In Pakistan

“As the United States prepares to drastically increase civilian aid in Pakistan, [USAID,] the agency in charge has asked for help training the local organizations that will spend that aid money, saying those organizations ‘do not meet the minimum standards for managing’ U.S. government funds,” ProPublica reports in a story that examines the challenges associated with channeling aid money for Pakistan away from American contractors and NGOs to Pakistani organizations.

Obama Administration Supports Cairo Conference Goals, Clinton Says

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “reiterated the Obama administration’s support” for universal access to family planning and maternal health care, All Headline News reports. Clinton spoke at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development Action Plan held in Cairo, Egypt.