June 30, 2007
Laura Bush's trip to Africa doesn't generate a whole heck of a lot of coverage, though Joe Schatz tells us that she stopped in Zambia to talk about faith-based organizations battling AIDS. Reuters also checks in from Senegal, and the AP from Mozambique.
Our other acquaintance in the news, Andy Taylor, reports that the Senate is making headway on its bill to authorize foreign aid programs, including PEPFAR. Don't get bogged down in the numbers: The upshot is that PEPFAR, and the Global Fund in particular, would get a big boost. And: "The Senate's foreign aid bill, like the House's, faces a veto because it would ease restrictions on overseas groups that perform or promote abortion by allowing them to receive U.S.-donated contraceptives. A ban on direct monetary aid would remain in place."
Old friend update, July 2: Laurie Garrett offers some context on all these spending bills and their impact on global health.
Posted by Adam Graham-Silverman at June 30, 2007 03:06 PM