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To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More

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Christian Principles Support Case For Foreign Aid

Washington Post: The Christian, conservative case for foreign aid Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., and Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services “…[The U.S. government] plays a critical role in fulfilling the moral responsibility of all Americans to help those less fortunate. … Yet now, President Trump’s proposed budget threatens to…More


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


U.S. Global Health Leadership, Funding Encourages Other Nations To Prioritize Public Health…

Washington Post: When the U.S. funds global health, other countries do too Amy S. Patterson, professor of politics at University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. “…Public health experts say that cuts to U.S.


Trump’s Budget Blueprint Recommends Cutting McGovern-Dole Food For Education Program…

Washington Post: This program has fed 40 million kids in the world’s poorest places. Trump wants to get rid of it “Former senator Bob Dole, a pillar of the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of President Trump during his campaign, has accused the president of threatening ‘one of the proudest achievements of my lifetime’…More


Blog Post Makes Recommendations For USAID To Become More Effective

International Policy Digest: Foreign Aid? Change It Already! Astrid Ansah, a first-year graduate student studying international development at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, discusses ways USAID can make foreign aid more effective. She writes USAID can assume “the role of a facilitator because it will remove the long-standing aspect…More


Proposed Cuts To State Department, Other Agencies Would Threaten National Security…

Washington Post: The Trump White House’s plan to starve the foreign policy establishment Daniel W. Drezner, professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution “…[President] Trump’s proposed budget threatens to gut an already starved State Department. … What’s interesting is that many of…More


Clean Air Regulations Critical To Responding To Global Air Pollution

Washington Post: Air pollution around the world takes a staggering toll Editorial Board “…[F]ocusing only on the pollution challenges of the past, not those of the present or the future, ignores vast volumes of evidence on the ecological and human damage various types of pollution still cause. … Fine particulates from fuel burning, among other…More


Trump Administration Issues Guidance On Mexico City Policy Implementation For Family Planning…

PAI’s “Washington Memo”: One Down, the Rest to Go: Global Gag Rule Reimposed on Family Planning In this newsletter, PAI describes the publication of the new “Mexico City Policy (March 2017)” section in the guidance governing USAID funding to overseas nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners. The section “is ‘applicable to all awards that include family planning…More


Why We March for Food and Health in 2017

In Canada, our southern neighbour casts a long shadow, and 2017 commenced with a deep distemper in my community of practice on food and health. I had conversations with friends that ranged from glum (celebrating food seemed a bit pointless now, didn’t it?), to restrained (working for policy change in the health field has always been a long game), to bellicose (in a world where reality had been upended, direct confrontation was needed, now). The malaise suffused everything. I buried myself in the reassuring solitude of writing, and learned that others were trying to do the same. I tried to change my media habits: alternately glued to or avoiding social media; taking out new subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.


Secretary Of State Tillerson’s Memo To OMB Asking To Restore Some Cuts To State, USAID…

Washington Post: Tillerson pushes back on White House’s proposed cuts to State Department and USAID Josh Rogin, columnist for the Washington Post’s Global Opinions section “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is pushing back against the White House’s proposal to drastically slash funding for diplomacy and development, a sign he intends to fight for his department’s…More


Development, Advocacy Organizations Ramp Up Lobbying Efforts To Counter Trump…

Devex: Lobbying efforts ramp up in the wake of proposed cuts to U.S. aid “Months ago, the ONE Campaign set Feb. 28 as the day for the ONE Power Summit, a day of advocacy in Washington, D.C. The group couldn’t have known at the time that just one day before its event, reports would surface…More


Threat Of Famine Spreads In Africa, Middle East As President Trump Proposes Cuts To Foreign…

Washington Post: Trump’s plan to slash foreign aid comes as famine threat is surging “President Trump has proposed large cuts to foreign aid at a time of acute need across Africa and the Middle East, with four countries approaching famine and 20 million people nearing starvation, according to the United Nations. … So far, U.S.…More


Cutting U.S. Foreign Assistance Budget, Including Global Health Spending, ‘Would Be A Serious…

Washington Post: ‘America first’ shouldn’t mean cutting foreign aid Michael Gerson, syndicated columnist, and Raj Shah, former USAID administrator, and both senior fellows with Results for America “…Putting foreign assistance on the chopping block would be a serious mistake, by any definition of the national interest. … Slashing this tiny category of discretionary spending for…More


Trump Administration Should Fully Fund U.S. International Affairs Account, Including PEPFAR, To…

Washington Post: Make America benevolent again Cathleen Falsani, author, journalist, and member of an advisory board for girls and women at ONE “As President Trump and his administration create their first budget request for Congress in the coming weeks, they have an opportunity to fund fully the U.S. international affairs account — a decision which…More


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