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slamabad, December 18, 2008 - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today held the closing ceremony of its Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) training course under the USAID-funded Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER). In the picture the chief guest USAID Mission Director Anne Aarnes is awarding certificate to a participant., via USAID

With Obama’s Re-election, “Global Health Diplomacy” Will Get Its First Test

Done well, an office of Global Health Diplomacy could re-establish American leadership on global health and get middle-income countries to take health seriously as part of their path to prosperity. It’s not a rush of new money for vaccinations or HIV, true. But it’s an opportunity to do something totally new and important for global health.

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Child Survival: A Call to Action

Government representatives, private sector professionals, and NGOs are meeting in Washington, DC for the Child Survival Call to Action conference where they are discussing practical strategies for combatting global child mortality.

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Happy Mother’s Day: Saving Moms At Birth

A neat Mother’s Day infographic from the USAID

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Exclusive Raj Shah Interview: USAID Launches New Global Child Survival Campaign

USAID launched “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday,” a new USA-led global push to eliminate unnecessary child deaths around the world. I spoke with USAID Administration Dr. Raj Shah about this new project for a UN Dispatch podcast.

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New USAID Rule: Local Beats American

A little noticed change in USAID’s ability to buy local goods will have big implications for  international aid.

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Map of the Day: Soaring Food Prices in Somalia

At the Social Good Summit yesterday, USAID Administrator Raj Shah launched a new social media/open government campaign to encourage public engagement with the horn of Africa crisis. USAID is calling this USAID/FWD–with F W D standing for Famine, War, and Drought.

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