Healthy Dose October 18, 2011

Top Story29 Nations on Track to Stop Malaria Within the Decade A report by Roll Back Malaria Partnership released at the start of the Gates Foundation’s Global Malaria Forum says that the world is making positive steps towards eradicating malaria. Businessweek Reports: Among 108 nations and territories in which the mosquito- borne malady is entrenched,

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Why Shouldn’t We Be Sending Yoga Mats to Haiti?

There are places in the world that think the most recent Super Bowl was won by the Steelers. They feel bad for Payton Manning because he has never won a Super Bowl and Tom Brady is a great QB for the Pats because he won his only Super Bowl while completing an undefeated season.Each year

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New Poll: What Americans Think When They Think of Foreign Aid

A survey of 507 Americans at the end of September sought to capture what, exactly, Americans know about the foreign aid budget. Particpiants were asked four questions about their impressions of foreign aid and opinions on why it is important to American interests.Here are some of the questions and the responses: 1) To what extent

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Healthy Dose October 12, 2011

Top StoryGlobal TB Rates On the Decline for the First Time Ever The WHO has released it’s report on global TB and has found that the fight against the respritory disease is making positive steps. The Guardian reports: The WHO’s annual report says that 2010 saw the lowest number of cases and of deaths for

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Ashley Judd on why Foreign Aid Matters “From Mombasa to Manhattan”

Ed note.  PSI Board member Ashley Judd weighs in on the foreign aid debate with a letter to the editor of the New York Times.   Ashley with children at Dushishoze, PSI/Rwanda’s Youth Center Franchise Benefits of Foreign Aid Published: October 10, 2011  To the Editor:  “Foreign Aid Faces Major Cutbacks in Budget Crisis” (front page,

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Healthy Dose October 6, 2011

Top StoryKey U.S. Congressional Committee Votes to De-Fund UNFPA From Huffington Post: The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that zeroes out U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund, a women and children’s health program that works to reduce maternal mortality, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide contraception to the world’s most vulnerable

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In a Big Risk-Taking Mood?

Ed note. This item is from PSI CEO Karl Hofmann. It originally appeared in HuffingtonPost This autumn, as Congress enters tense budget discussions, U.S. taxpayers are asking legitimate questions. Amid economic instability and worries at home, Americans are scrutinizing where their tax dollars are going and who they are helping. In particular, Americans often ask,

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Healthy Dose October 5, 2011

Top StoryUK to Cut Overseas HIV/AIDS Budget The amount of money spent on HIV/AIDS by DfID will drop by 1/3 over the next 4 years. The Guardian reports on the decision: Overall spending by DfiD on HIV/Aids between now and 2015 will decrease by 32% by 2015 – from £59.9m to £41m. The funding will

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Barbara Bush, Mandy Moore, and Karl Hofmann On “The Power of 1%”

Why is foreign aid important to the United States? PSI CEO Karl Hofmann, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications Marshall Stowell,  Board Member Barbara Bush and PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore sat down today to answer this question with the Healthy Lives Blog followed by a press conference this morning. With U.S. foreign aid potentially facing

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Healthy Dose October 4, 2011

Top StorySoros Pledges Millions for Millennium Villages Project The  philanthropist is throwing his weight behind the Millennium Development Goals. From MSNBC: George Soros has pledged $27.4 million to aid development in targeted villages across rural Africa, the billionaire financier said Monday. Soros also pledged up to $20 million in loans to support business projects within

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The Power of 1%. Watch Live!

Polls show that the American public on average believes that 25% of the Federal Budget is spent on foreign aid. In reality, this figure is less than 1%. In an effort to demonstrate what has been achieved with less than 1%, PSI, FHI360, PATH, World Vision, and ONE are co-sponsoring a four-part event on Monday

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Fighting HIV with the Power of 1% in Kenya

The following post originally appears on USAID’s Impact blog.  In March 2011, the Kenyan National AIDS Control Council prepared a Cabinet memorandum that outlines ways to raise funds for HIV programming.  Through innovative solutions, Kenya is looking for sustainable ways to combat the AIDS epidemic in country. The memo is based on a recommendation from

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