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Specialization Of Health Services Can ‘Reduce Costs And Deliver Quality’

Health Affairs Blog: How Specialization Is Making Quality Care More Affordable Across The Globe Chris McCahan, chief investment officer and global sector lead for health care investments and advisory services at International Finance Corporation (IFC), discusses how specialization of health services can “reduce costs and deliver quality care in a…

Health Experts Call For Action Against Dengue, Citing Sanofi Pasteur’s Vaccine

Business Insider: Another worrisome problem is afflicting many of the same places where Zika is spreading “…There’s a commercial vaccine that’s now available for dengue, but it still isn’t available to everyone who needs it. In December, the company developing it, global pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, got approval to distribute its…

Global Community Must Commit To Supporting National Deworming Programs

Devex: Deworming: Now more than ever, a best buy for development Grace Hollister, global director of Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative, and Priya Jha, director of Evidence Action’s work in India “…[D]eworming children is considered a ‘best buy’ in development, with a very high rate of return to society.…

Resilient Partnerships Critical To End Malaria In Southeast Asia

Huffington Post: A Partnership to End Malaria in the Mekong Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…The Global Fund partnership is backing a smart regional initiative with a US$100 million grant to tackle artemisinin resistance in Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, and…

Philippines Plans To Reach 1M Children With Widespread Dengue Immunization Campaign

Wall Street Journal: Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine Made Widely Available for First Time “Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of France’s Sanofi SA, on Tuesday made the Philippines the first country where its vaccine for dengue fever will be widely available. … The vaccine, branded Dengvaxia, can be administered to people aged…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash includes an article on the impact of the Global Fund’s investments in the Indo-Pacific region and highlights a short film on drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar (2/23).

Contraception Becoming More Acceptable Among Some Religious Leaders, Especially For Public Health Reasons

Associated Press: Philippine bishops back pope’s remarks on Zika contraception “Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops expressed their full support Saturday to Pope Francis’ remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus…” (Gomez, 2/20). Los Angeles Times: Pope Francis isn’t…

Cyclone Winston Hits Fiji, Killing At Least 21, Spawning Health Concerns

Reuters: Death toll from Fiji cyclone mounts amid health crisis fears “Fiji began a massive cleanup on Monday after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the Pacific island nation, killing 21 people, flattening remote villages, and cutting off communications. Aid agencies warned of…

Gates Foundation To Expand Investments In Reducing Global Burden Of Typhoid

Devex: Tackling the silent killers of children Anita Zaidi, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Based on our understanding of the global burden of typhoid and the public health threat, the [Gates Foundation] has made a recent decision to expand…

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