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By Dr. David Kaslow, PATH A breakthrough in malaria vaccines has the potential to prevent millions of cases. Why was it so hard? We are on the cusp of achieving what, for decades, was considered to be unlikely: an effective vaccine against a human parasite. The parasite in question — malaria — has stayed several steps ahead of the […]

This week, a bipartisan group of former U.S. senators came together in support of America’s international affairs funding, urging the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee to maintain America’s role in the world. As former colleagues, we write to relay our support for the International Affairs Budget and the important […]

The U.S. has been a global leader in researching, treating and combating infectious diseases around the globe. Today, in honor of World Health Day, let’s look back at some of America’s global health success stories. PEPFAR, or the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is one of the largest international initiatives by a country to […]

What happens when the water in your home isn’t safe to drink? Across the world, about 663 million people — 1 in 10 — don’t have access to clean water. But in the amount of time it takes for us to go the kitchen, turn on the faucet, and fill up a glass, World Vision will have reached one […]

When you woke up this morning you probably brushed your teeth. You probably used the restroom, showered, or drank a glass of water. If this is true, it’s likely that you have access to a reliable water source: with the twist of a knob, you can summon safe drinking water on demand. Today, on World […]

Congress is often accused of becoming more and more divided, and that partisanship is worse than ever (check out Brookings’ interactive graphic of Members’ historical voting patterns). However, the International Affairs Budget — and U.S. global development programs — continue to enjoy broad support from both sides of the aisle. A couple recent examples: the recently-signed Electrify Africa Act, […]

School girls in Afghanistan’s rural Uruzgan province. This week – with International Women’s Day on Tuesday – two of America’s First Ladies made the case that elevating girls’ education is a strategic investment. Former first lady Laura Bush spoke out on the need to sustain our development assistance efforts to educate Afghan women and girls, […]

Catherine Samba-Panza, interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), was in Washington last week asking for help for her country and her people. CAR was considered a “Level Three” humanitarian crisis – the United Nations’ highest designation – until May of last year due to years of inter-religious violence that killed thousands and displaced […]

Bill and Melinda Gates recently released their annual letter, which outlines the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic goals. This year, Melinda Gates tackled the topic of unpaid labor: tasks like fetching water, preparing meals, caring for children—things that need to be done, but that don’t pay. She noted that the majority of unpaid work across the world […]

As Congress prepares its blueprint for the International Affairs Budget for next year, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) released a five-year strategic plan that highlights the “single mission” that inspired its creation: reducing poverty through economic growth. The plan points a way forward for MCC amid unprecedented global crises and tremendous opportunities. It reinforces its […]

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