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Also In Global Health News: Afghanistan’s Foreign Aid Tax; Polio In Pakistan; Rape In Conflicts; ARV Combination During Breastfeeding; Ecuador’s Health System; GlobalPost Looks At State Of Mandela’s Home Village

Afghan Government Begins Taxing U.S. Contractors The Washington Post reports on Afghanistan’s efforts “to tax U.S. contractors operating there.” Though it “could raise millions for the cash-strapped government,” U.S. and Afghan officials say the tax “could also provoke fresh confrontation with the United States,” the newspaper writes. “Taxation of U.S. government assistance is barred…

Media Look At What’s Ahead For South Sudan

“This week’s independence referendum in southern Sudan marks an apparent victory for U.S. foreign policy in east Africa – one that has secured for Washington a deeper advisory role in what is expected to be the birth of a new, impoverished nation,” according to a Wall Street Journal article looking at the issues facing the U.S. in south Sudan after voting concludes.

Women’s eNews Examines Launch Of U.N. Women

Women’s eNews examines U.N.’s new agency U.N. Women, which officially got off the ground on Jan. 3. According to the news service, U.N. Women’s “Manhattan headquarters remain unoccupied, said U.N. Women spokesperson Gretchen Luchsinger”; employees from the previous U.N. entities that focused on women’s issues remain in “scattered offices around the U.N. Secretariat building”; and “[s]even high-level staff positions” remain unfilled.

Also In Global Health News: Sec. Clinton In Yemen; China’s Ability To Track Outbreaks; Global Health Interests Among Medical Residents; Children Of Sex Workers

During Surprise Stop In Yemen, Sec. Clinton To Highlight U.S. Commitment To Country’s Development U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Yemen Tuesday “on a diplomatically sensitive mission to broaden America’s relationship with this impoverished Arab country, a haven for Al Qaeda that has nurtured several recent terror…

Male Circumcision Helps Reduce Rates Of HPV Transmission To Women, Study Finds

“Among HIV-negative sexual partners, male circumcision helps prevent the transmission of human papillomavirus [HPV] from men to women,” according to a study published online Thursday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “However, circumcision offers only partial protection and partners must still practice safe sex, the researchers pointed out,” according to the news service (1/6).

Oxfam, Amnesty International Release Reports Almost One Year Since Haiti’s Earthquake

“A new report [.pdf] from international aid agency Oxfam says reconstruction work has barely begun in Haiti following the country’s catastrophic earthquake a year ago,” RTE News reports (1/6). Even in developed countries, disaster recovery can be a slow process, the report states. But it also “said efforts in Haiti had been paralyzed by a lack of leadership from the Haitian government and the international community,” Reuters reports.

Opinions: Global Health Top Foreign Policy Issue; Global Food Security; Opiate-Substitution Programs In Eastern Europe; Feed The Future; Foreign Aid Lessons

Global Health Is A Top Foreign Policy IssuesFor 2011 In response to a story examining 2011’s top foreign policy issues, Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity, writes in a letter to the editor, published in The Hill, that “[g]lobal health was disturbingly absent from” the story. “Global…

IANS/Sify News Reports On International Aid Response To Haitian, Pakistani Disasters

“Nearly 260,000 people died in earthquakes, floods, typhoons, heatwaves, fires and landslides in 2010 – the worst toll since 1976 – compared with 15,000 last year, according to reinsurance company Swiss Re. Haiti and Pakistan stood out because of the massive death toll and millions of homeless, and the extent to which both countries tested the limits of international aid. In both countries, the collapsed infrastructure will take decades to rebuild, and the disasters likely set back development gains for generations,” IANS/Sify News writes in an article examining the fall out from the disasters in Haiti and Pakistan.