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Foreign Policy Examines Potential Impacts Of Reinstated, Expanded Mexico City Policy In Africa

Foreign Policy: The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export “…Family planning advocates from Washington, D.C., to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia worry that Trump’s global gag rule will not only roll back many of the modest but critical gains African countries have made on safe abortion, but also the decade’s worth of progress in increasing family…More

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Zambia Vice President Inonge Wina Discusses Concerns Over Proposed Cuts To U.S. Foreign Aid

ABC: Zambia fears health programs will suffer under Donald Trump’s proposal to cut foreign aid “Critical programs across Africa will be impacted by significant foreign aid funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration, the sub-Saharan nation of Zambia has warned. … Questioned about U.S. aid cuts during a recent trip to Australia, Zambia’s Vice President…More

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Bush-Era Global Health Official Bill Steiger Working At State Department, Advising Trump…

ScienceInsider: Trump recruits controversial Bush-era global health official “William ‘Bill’ Steiger, a global health official under former President George W. Bush who crossed swords with many scientists, is now advising President Donald Trump. Steiger is working at the U.S. Department of State on a so-called ‘beachhead team,’ which helps agencies transition from the Obama to…More

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Family Planning Should Remain Priority In West Africa To Avoid Future Security Issues, UNFPA…

Devex: Q&A: UNFPA West Africa director on the security benefits of family planning “…Places such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Senegal have seen an average two percent growth in contraceptive prevalence each year, [United Nations Population Fund West Africa Regional Director Mabingue Ngom] said. … However, 2015 United Nations research on trends in contraceptive use…More

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U.N. Declares Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII As Famine Threatens 4 Nations In Africa,…

Associated Press: Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid “The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its historic role as the world’s top emergency…More

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Somalia Aims To Reach 450K People With Cholera Vaccine In Effort To Stem Disease’s Spread

New York Times: As Cholera Spreads, Somalia Begins Vaccination Campaign “Somalia, which has been hit by a series of crises that sound like a page from the Book of Job, is starting a major effort to vaccinate 450,000 people against its latest plague: cholera. … In 2015, the country had 15,619 known cholera cases and…More

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Pakistan Officials Launch Polio Vaccination Campaign In Islamabad After Virus Found In Sewage…

Associated Press: Pakistan launches special anti-polio drive in Islamabad “A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in Islamabad after traces of the polio virus were found in the city’s sewage system…” (3/28).

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Trump Administration’s Budget Blueprint ‘Shortchanges Basic Scientific Research’ Across…

New York Times: The Trump Administration’s War on Science Editorial Board “…[President Trump’s] first budget blueprint is a cramped document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics, shortchanging basic scientific research across the government — from NASA to the Department of Energy to the National Institutes of Health — in ways that can only stifle…More

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Trump Administration, Congress Should Continue Support For Global Fund

Houston Chronicle: Global Fund is effective in improving world health Michael Winters, a Houston volunteer with RESULTS “…Over the past 20 years, the United States has led the investment for global health during both Republican and Democratic administrations and Congresses. … The results of U.S. investment in global health are encouraging. … AIDS is dramatically declining.…More

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U.S. National Security Depends Upon Nation’s Ability To Respond To Antibiotic Resistance,…

New York Times: The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease Michael T. Osterholm, epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota “…[Cuts to the NIH, State Department, and USAID] will diminish research and vaccine development and our ability to respond to the growing threats of…More

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Eliminating NIH’s Fogarty International Center Would Undermine Progress, U.S. Leadership In…

USA Today: Global health leadership role at risk in Trump budget: Column Michele Barry, director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and senior associate dean for Global Health at Stanford University, and Derek Yach, consultant to the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion “We live in a time when pandemics cross borders faster than…More

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Cuts To U.S. Global Health Investments Would Impact North Carolina’s Economy, Jobs Market

News & Observer: Trump’s budget would set back global health and Triangle jobs Claire Neal, executive director of the Triangle Global Health Consortium “…In addition to affecting our safety, [funding] cuts to federal programs would ripple through our global health community here in North Carolina. … Between our major universities, our biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies,…More

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Blog Post Examines How Data Can Help Estimate Statistical Impact Of Health Status, Risks…

Brookings Institution: Is smoking more harmful than AIDS? Wolfgang Fengler, lead economist for trade and competitiveness at the World Bank, and Katharina Fenz, research analyst at the World Data Lab, discuss the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) Global Burden of Disease database and highlight the ability to use its data to calculate the…More

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CDC’s Division Of Global Health Protection Aims To Improve Global Health Security, Protect…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Tick, tock, tick tock — While others sleep, what are CDC experts doing to keep America safe? Kashef Ijaz, acting director for CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), discusses the division’s efforts to improve global health security and protect Americans from public health threats, writing, “DGHP serves as a leading…More

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