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Devex Examines Road To WHO Director General Elections, Likelihood Of Nations Choosing African Candidate

Devex: Africa’s turn to pick the next WHO chief? Not so fast “African countries will play a key role in the World Health Organization’s efforts to reform global pandemic response under a new leader, to be elected in May 2017. The continent wields an impressive voting bloc — 54 of…

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Nigeria Considering Innovative Financing Mechanism For Malaria Prevention

Financial Times: World Bank health care social impact bond fundraising targets Africa malaria “Malaria may not seem an obvious focus for financial markets but Nigeria plans an ambitious new instrument to tackle the heavy burden of the disease. If it goes ahead, the Innovative Financing for Malaria Prevention and Treatment/Control…

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In AEI Talk, Gates CEO Offers Global Health Advice For Trump Administration, Says Re-Emergence Of Polio In Nigeria ‘Biggest Disappointment’

Devex: Gates CEO says polio’s return to Nigeria is her ‘biggest disappointment’ “Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said Tuesday that her ‘biggest disappointment’ since joining the foundation in 2014 was witnessing the re-emergence of polio in Nigeria after it had previously been thought to be…

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Large Clinical Trial Of Experimental HIV Vaccine Begins In South Africa

The Guardian: HIV vaccine test hopes for breakthrough in combat against the virus “The first new trial of a potential vaccine against HIV in seven years has begun in South Africa, raising hopes that it will help bring about the end of the epidemic. … The vaccine being tested is…

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More Innovative Financial Models Needed For Vaccine, Drug Development

Fortune: Urgently Needed: A New Financial Model for Vaccine Development Clifton Leaf, deputy editor of Fortune “…While there’s, sadly, an enormous ready market for an HIV vaccine, and therefore an incentive for drugmakers to pursue decades worth of investment here, there are scores of infectious diseases for which there is…

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Grand Challenges Africa To Fund Research Aimed At Improving Maternal, Newborn Health

The Guardian: Innovations fund aims to save women and newborn babies in Africa “Public health experts in East Africa have hailed an initiative that will fund research on the continent in the hope of fostering African innovation. The $7m (£5.7m) Grand Challenges Africa innovation seed grants program — funded by…

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News Outlets Look At Ethics, Effectiveness Of Various Malaria Prevention Methods

The Economist: Malaria: The biter bit “…Mosquitoes do not tend to fly far from the place they hatch, and experiments suggest that if most of a village’s inhabitants were to take ivermectin they could collectively do serious damage to the local Anopheles population. That would substantially reduce the number of…

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Stigma Hinders Rollout Of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis In Kenya

Devex: Aid groups grapple with stigmatization in HIV prophylaxis rollout “…[Pre-exposure prophylaxis’ (PrEP)] success in sub-Saharan Africa — the region with the highest burden of HIV — will hinge more on the social than the scientific, though. Researchers and advocates will have to strike a balance in how they market…

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Militant Insurgency, Suspicion Over Polio Vaccines Hinder Health Workers’ Efforts To Immunize Children In Nigeria

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria fights myths, fear in polio vaccine drive “…Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state has disrupted health services across Nigeria’s northeast and hampered efforts to get [polio] vaccines to children at risk. … And as fighting between the militants and the Nigerian army…

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Al Jazeera Examines South Africa’s Breastfeeding Policies, Challenges To Successful Implementation

Al Jazeera: Why South Africa’s plan to boost breastfeeding fails “…The updated health department infant and child feeding policy mandates that public health facilities stop providing formula milk to all new mothers, and that women receive counseling on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. The government also has been promoting Human…

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