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Desperate Times Call For….. Innovation

One of the poorest countries in Africa, Niger also suffers one of the deadliest malaria epidemics on the continent - one in four children in the country die as a result of the disease. However, according to an article in this week’s Lancet (free registration), Niger is taking dramatic and strategic steps to combat malaria among women and children by distributing insecticide-treated nets in hard-to-reach areas.

Desperate Times Call For

One of the poorest countries in Africa, Niger also suffers one of the deadliest malaria epidemics on the continent - one in four children in the country die as a result of the disease. However, according to an article in this week’s Lancet (free registration), Niger is taking dramatic and strategic steps to combat malaria among women and children by distributing insecticide-treated nets in hard-to-reach areas.

Foreign Aid Reform: The Latest Skinny from the Inside

In his April 26 testimony to House appropriators, new Director of Foreign Assistance Randall Tobias left no doubt about his determination to ensure that the fragmented U.S. foreign assistance regime be overhauled to reflect strategic guidance from the Secretary of State -- and to ensure that U.S. aid advances the administration’s broad foreign policy and national security goals, rather than being driven by the desires of individual agencies or country missions.

World Bank Suspends HIV/AIDS Grant in Ukraine

According to a May 3 article in the Kyiv Post, last month the World Bank suspended a $60 million project to combat Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS among high risk groups in Ukraine. The suspension came as a result of the lack of progress in implementing the program. Despite signing the five-year agreement in December 2002, the Government had managed to disburse a mere 2% of the funding to date.

What is black and white and RED all over?

The Independent, one of the UK’s prominent daily newspapers, declared on Friday that they are joining the RED campaign. On May 16, 2006, the Independent will publish a special edition - with Bono as a guest editor - and donate half of their revenues to the Global Fund.

NATO Report on China Highlights Rural Challenge

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly has just released a report on “China's Development Challenge.” While the report discusses such topics as foreign investment and China’s energy needs, much of the analysis focuses on the challenge of rural development. This focus on the rapidly growing divide between China’s rural and urban economies and the fear of spreading rural unrest is correct: the problem has been growing for more than a decade.

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