Monthly Archives: August 2009

Farmer To Be UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti

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Did Paul Farmer get a consolation prize from Bill Clinton? That’s one possible reading of the news that the ex-president appointed Farmer, founder of Partners in Health and chair of Harvard University’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, to be UN deputy special envoy to Haiti. Until last week, Farmer was rumored to be […]

Crunch Time for Shaping House Foreign Assistance Overhaul

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Congress is out of session, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing cooking in Washington. Indeed, when it comes to global health issues, this week could prove pivotal. That’s because the House Foreign Affairs Committee set a Friday deadline for feedback from the advocacy community on its plans to overhaul US foreign assistance. The House committee’s […]

An Opportunity to Shape NIH's HIV/AIDS Research Agenda

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At a critical juncture in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the National Institutes of Health is seeking two top-tier scientist-physicians to help shape the agency’s research agenda domestically and globally. The job openings are Deputy Director, Division of AIDS, and Director, Therapeutic Research Branch, Division of AIDS, both within the National Institute of Allergy and […]

Farmer Out for USAID Post

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Paul Farmer, the health care and human rights pioneer who co-founded Partners in Health, is officially out of the running to lead USAID. The news, which we have officially confirmed after a swirl of rumors yesterday, is a major blow to those who were hoping Farmer would have used that government post to drive needed […]

Will Infectious Diseases Get Slighted in Foreign Assistance Overhaul?

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Congress is preparing to give US foreign assistance a dramatic make-over, and at least one initial outline does not bode well for efforts to combat infectious diseases in the developing world. The House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday released a “concept paper” detailing the panel’s ideas for overhauling foreign aid reform and the US Agency for […]

Clinton Trip to Africa An Opportunity to Focus on Global AIDS

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As Hillary Clinton sets out on her first trip to Africa as Secretary of State this week, how far up (or down) will global health issues—and HIV/AIDS in particular–be on her agenda? With stops planned for Angola, South Africa, Liberia and elsewhere, Clinton’s policy plate is reportedly already loaded up with difficult issues, from political […]