Obama Administration

2 CIA promises not to do any more fake vaccination programs

The Obama Administration has promised that the Central Intelligence Agency will never again have its spies pretend to be doing vaccinations overseas. Some will laugh out loud at the idea of an agency that is fundamentally based on deception and misdirection keeping any such public promise. More importantly, the aid…

21 Visualizing gun deaths – Comparing the U.S. to rest of the world

When it comes to gun violence, the United States stands out. President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, a renowned Boston-based physician, has advocated for stricter gun-control laws and referred to the U.S. rates of gun violence as a public health threat.  Murthy’s views have ignited opposition from the…

0 Back to the fuzzy future in global health

Analysis Flickr, woodleywonderworks The global health community seems at a loss these days, as indicated by two conferences yesterday I web-participated in devoted to coming up with a future game plan for the field. I’ll get to those, but first some context: I am long-in-tooth enough to remember when ‘global…

0 Global health advocates deal with losing clout

Somali mothers and their babies wait for vaccines at a health center in Mogadishu, Somalia. One million children still die at birth every year due to lack of care.AP For the first time in nearly 15 years, the US government is poised to reduce its investment in global health. The…

0 Visualizing global energy poverty, and what we can do about it

There’s some big things happening on the energy front in Africa, thanks in large part to the Obama Administration’s Power Africa initiative. If you want to know why this is such a big deal, and a big need, this post featuring seven graphic illustrations from Todd Moss and Madeleine Gleave…

0 Why isn’t the humanitarian community united on reforming food aid?

Tom Paulson reported this week on a disagreement between aid groups on the Obama administration’s proposed common-sense reforms to the country’s food aid. The US is the largest food aid supplier in the world, routinely sending food overseas to humanitarian hotspots. But it does so in a remarkably outdated and…

1 Obama delivers on global promise to lesbian, gay, bi- and transgender community

The Obama administration made good on its 2011 memorandum to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights with the announcement of a four year LGBT Global Development Partnership. The collaborative effort between USAID, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, gay rights groups and private sector actors will bring foreign assistance to support LGBT equality…

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