Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

AUSTIN, Texas — On August 1, 2022, global health organizations Unitaid, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and MedAccess signed two agreements with drug manufacturers Macleods Pharmaceutical Ltd. and Lupin Limited to lower the price of Tuberculosis (TB) treatment. The global health agreements on the Tuberculosis treatment price will lower the cost of rifapentine-based treatments such as 1HP and 3HP that prevent TB in low and middle-income countries. According to the agreements, “the new prices will be available in 138 low and middle-income countries,” which also includes “those with the highest burden of Tuberculosis (TB) globally.” Currently, TB is the…

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Sub-Saharan Africa has been struggling with the world’s largest AIDS/HIV epidemic since the 1970s. While the region only contains 11% of the world’s population, it simultaneously holds 69% of the world’s HIV-infected population. The average life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa is around 63 years. These high mortality rates are no longer because of an insufficient supply of antiretroviral drugs available in the region, but because of the high cost of HIV prevention medication like CAB-LA. Despite the fact that CAB-LA received the approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, many face a long wait until they can get it…

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Fairfax, VIRGINIA — Born between 1997-2012 in the golden age of technology, Gen-Z is keeping up both with the latest world issues and ways to help those less fortunate. In particular, Gen-Z celebrities are using their social media reach and wealth to give back to the world in impactful ways. Here are five Gen-Z celebs who are making a difference: Zendaya Since her debut on Disney Channel in 2012, Zendaya has become one of the most famous actresses in the world. She rose to fame with her work in acclaimed films like “The Greatest Showman” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”…

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BOSTON, Massachusetts — Every day, Ukrainians fear another onslaught of bombs from Russia, but they also worry that their food supply could run out since the war brought their planting season to a screeching halt. In Yemen, people are fleeing from war violence with no protection from the country’s rapidly worsening starvation crisis. Globally in 2021, about 139 million people were facing hunger due to conflict. U.S. Senate resolution S.Res.669 is looking to identify and denounce the deliberate deprivation of food as a weapon of war. Prompted by Yemen and Ukraine International conflicts are taking place all over the globe,…

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St. Paul, MINNESOTA — On June 10, 2021, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations called for immediate action regarding the acute food famine in Ethiopia, where more than 5.5 million struggle with high levels of food insecurity. Children are especially vulnerable during this crisis. According to the World Health Organization, childhood malnutrition can lead to consequences that can last for a lifetime, including poor emotional skills and weak immune systems. Fortunately, U.N. agencies continue to fight acute malnutrition with therapeutic foods including Plumpy’nut. In this way, the U.N. is…

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Over recent decades, child and maternal mortality rates have gone through a noticeable decrease globally. According to the U.N. Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, the figure for infant mortality has fallen from 65 to 27 per 1,000 births from 1990 to 2020. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a 38% decline in global maternal mortality between 2000 and 2017. Nevertheless, the rates are still unacceptably high, especially in the developing world. Hence, as the 10th anniversary of the global Child Survival Call to Action (a USAID program), H.R. 8057- Reach Every Mother…

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BOSTON, Massachusetts — In early June 2022, the United States completed a six-year $316 million commitment to Ghana’s energy sector. First presented in 2014, the MCC Ghana Power Compact provides sustainable energy infrastructure and technology that will power crucial public institutions. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. government foreign assistance agency and the Ghanaian government orchestrated the commitment to aid Ghana’s energy infrastructure. The United States and Ghana are key economic and political partners, with bilateral trade between the two nations reaching $2.7 billion in 2021. The completion of the Ghana Power Compact is an important milestone for…

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — At the recent Ninth Summit of the Americas which took place in Los Angeles from June 6 to June 10, the U.S. announced a wide range of humanitarian and stabilization efforts in the regions of Central and South America. Among these announcements, the U.S. reconfirmed its commitment to the Venezuelan people by pledging additional aid to Venezuela through USAID and the U.S. State Department to assist in alleviating the fallout from the country’s ongoing political and economic crises. This follows roughly $407 million in aid the U.S. gave to Venezuela in the year 2021. Here is a…

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TACOMA, Washington — The Borgen Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) as an Honorary Board Member of The Borgen Project. Congressman McCaul currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The committee considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act. The Congressman previously served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  During his time in Congress, Rep. McCaul has introduced legislation…

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BUNJ, South Sudan — As tragic news continues to pour out of Afghanistan and conversations around refugee resettlement continue to surface, it is a great time for a reminder on the refugee resettlement process. A refugee is someone who has fled across an international border due to persecution based on reasons “of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” For refugees currently at risk in Afghanistan, there is an additional resettlement category. Since 2006, the U.S. has resettled certain immigrants from Afghanistan on a “Special Immigrant Visa” (SIV). This visa is specifically for people who…

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