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Trump Administration’s FY18 Health Budget Proposal Posted Online Shows Cuts To Health…

BuzzFeed News: Trump Budget Plan Calls For Cuts To Medicaid And Public Health Agencies “The Trump administration’s health budget, mistakenly put online Monday afternoon, calls for hundreds of billions of dollars in new cuts to Medicaid and [cuts] for many health science agencies…” (McLeod, 5/22). STAT: Trump budget proposes massive cuts to Medicaid, science, and…More

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Trump Administration’s Expansion Of Mexico City Policy ‘Will Hamper’ Health Care Delivery…

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s new global gag rule will devastate health care in poor countries Editorial Board “…[T]he new Trump administration incarnation of the [Mexico City policy] is far more expansive [than previous iterations]. Instead of applying specifically to [foreign NGOs’] family planning programs, … [h]ealth care providers overseas working in HIV/AIDS, maternal and child…More

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Blog Post Discusses Global Medicine Quality, WHO’s Role In Combating Inferior Products

AEI’s “AEIdeas”: Where does WHO go on medicine quality at the World Health Assembly? Roger Bate, AEI visiting scholar, discusses the challenges of addressing inferior medicines and the WHO’s past actions related to assuring the quality of medicines (5/22).

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Study Examines Health Care Access, Quality, Ranks Nations; U.S. Scores Low Given Expenditures,…

New York Times: A Global Health Scorecard Finds U.S. Lacking “Over the last 25 years, China, Ethiopia, the Maldive Islands, Peru, South Korea, and Turkey had the greatest improvements in ‘deaths avoidable through health care at their economic level,’ a complex but intriguing new measure of global mortality described last week in the Lancet. By…More

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Cuts To U.S. Foreign Aid To Africa Could Encourage Extremism, African Development Bank Head…

Newsweek: Donald Trump’s Foreign Aid Cuts Could Turn Africa Into a ‘Terrorist Recruiting Field’: African Bank Chief “Cutting U.S. foreign aid to Africa could turn the continent into ‘a recruiting field for terrorists,’ the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB) tells Newsweek. Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the 78-member AfDB — Africa’s version of…More

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After Lobbying For WHA Invitation, Taiwan Officially Locked Out Of Meeting; U.S. Secretary Of…

Associated Press: Taiwanese minister: China is playing politics with health “Taiwan’s health minister on Monday accused China of playing politics with health after Taiwan was blocked from taking part in the annual meeting of the governing body of the World Health Organization for the first time since 2008. Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung lashed…More

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New WFP Executive Director David Beasley Calls South Sudan’s Famine ‘Deplorable,’ Expects…

Associated Press: AP Interview: WFP chief says 600,000 kids risk famine death “A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts. David Beasley, the new executive director of the World Food Programme, told the Associated…More

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Myanmar’s Ongoing Reforms Not Yet Benefiting Children, UNICEF Alert Says

The Guardian: Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar “As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the U.N. children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict…More

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U.N. Working Group Releases New Report On Health, Human Rights Of Women, Children, Adolescents

WHO: Leading the realization of human rights to health and through health “At a high-level side event [at the World Health Assembly], the Report of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was officially handed over to WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan. The High-Level Working Group on…More

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Election Of, Highlight Issues To Be Addressed By Next WHO Director…

Foreign Policy: Who’s Going to Be the Next Leader of WHO? Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…This week, the Donald Trump administration will send a delegation to Geneva, casting its first U.N. leadership votes and weighing in on a long roster of reforms and controversies slated for…More

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Science-Based Approach Can Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness Of Public, Private Development…

Project Syndicate: Science and International Development Policy Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and professor emerita of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, and Kate Himes, foreign policy interrupted fellow and adjunct faculty at the Evergreen State College “…A team of scientists and engineers, rather than diplomats and conflict-resolution experts, can provide…More

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WHO Releases Statement On Travel Costs

WHO: WHO travel to support program work “Travel is an essential aspect of WHO’s global health work — convening experts for collective decision-making on health interventions or traveling experts anywhere in the world that requires technical assistance for global health. … WHO has clear travel policies, recently strengthened by Director-General Margaret Chan’s request for a…More

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Fact Sheet Outlines How Global Fund Incentives Work To Increase Domestic Health Financing,…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: How the Global Fund Encourages Increased Domestic Financing In this fact sheet, Friends of the Global Fight describes the importance of domestic health financing, noting, “The Global Fund supports greater domestic financing by incorporating requirements for this funding into its own funding model.” The fact sheet highlights these incentives…More

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Human Rights Watch Report Documents Women’s, Girls’ Lack Of Access To Reproductive Health…

Human Rights Watch: Sudan: Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives “Most women and girls in the rebel-held Nuba Mountains of Sudan lack access to reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released [Monday]. Their plight is one of the little known yet far-reaching effects of years of obstruction…More

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