Recent releases in Global Health

December 15, 2015

On The Hill's "Congress Blog," Laura Abel, of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, examines the U.S.'s current "anti-prostitution policy requirement" that "forces non-profits that receive federal funds to fight HIV/AIDS overseas to adopt organizational policies explicitly opposing prostitution," and HHS's "goal of revising regulations that implement the policy requirement." According to Abel, "This is a crucial moment for the public to play a role in shaping those regulations," which she says harm the global fight against HIV/AIDS (10/20).

Blog: U.S. Should 'Unbrand'

The Obama administration "has to find ways to demonstrate what its approach to aid looks like, and how it differs - if at all - from the orientation of the Bush years," Ruth Levine, a health economist, writes on the Center for Global Development's "Global Development" blog. According to Levine, the U.S. could be rebranded, by "unbranding." She writes: "Unbranding means ending the practice of using multiple logos and labeling projects with clever acronyms. ??We are unlikely to see complete unbranding, and there is admittedly a foreign policy rationale for making visible to aid recipients the generosity and goodwill of the U.S. taxpayer. But if this administration wants to rebrand America, it's time to make the stuff procured with our aid dollars look more like it belongs to the countries we're trying to help and less like pop-up ads for U.S.A. Inc and its wholly-owned subsidiaries" (10/19).

Blogs: Feachem Discusses Global Health Priorities

The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy's blog reviews a recent talk about global health in the 21st century by Richard Feachem. Topics discussed include: "avoidable life and health expectancy gaps between developed and underdeveloped countries; the potential danger of the human-to-human transmitability and mortality rates of emerging viral pandemics; the dual pandemics of hunger and obesity; and the governance of health systems." The post includes a video of the talk and a link to the PowerPoint presentation (10/16). Malaria Watch also wrote about the talk (Brophy, 10/16).

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