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USAID’s Disaster Assistance Helps India Avoid More Deaths After Cyclone

Noting a cyclone killed at least 10,000 people on the east coast of India in 1999, and a similar cyclone last week hit the same area, resulting in about 50 fatalities, Jeremy Konyndyk, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID, writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…

ABC Radio Australia Interviews Global Fund Executive Director Dybul

ABC Radio Australia correspondent Sen Lam interviews Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, about the country’s support of the fund, noting, “Since 2004, Australia has contributed $250 million to the Global Fund with a further $170 million committed by 2013.” According to…

Potential For ‘New Epidemic Wave’ Of H7N9 Cases In China, Scientists Warn

“Fresh human cases in eastern China of [the H7N9] strain of bird flu signal the potential for ‘a new epidemic wave’ of the disease in coming winter months, scientists said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “[A] new case in October in a 35-year-old man from China’s eastern Zhejiang province shows that…

Afghanistan IG Finds Delays, Overpayments On USAID-Supported Hospital Construction Project

“A U.S.-funded effort to build a 100-bed civilian hospital in eastern Afghanistan has fallen almost two years behind its planned completion because of poor contractor performance and deficient internal controls, according to an inspector general’s audit [.pdf],” Bloomberg reports (Capaccio, 10/23). “The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said…

Development Of New Malaria Drugs ‘Deserves Our Complete Support’

Writing in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, Colin Sutherland, head of immunology and infection at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reviews recent studies on the effectiveness of malaria drugs used in Asia and Africa, examining whether they show drug resistance is increasing. “Clear answers are…

China Confirms New H7N9 Infection In Zhejiang Province

“China confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu on Wednesday, the second infection reported in October after a summer lull,” Reuters reports. “A 67-year-old farmer in Jiaxing city in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been hospitalized with the virus, the official Xinhua news…

SciDev.Net Profiles New Director Of U.K. Charity Wellcome Trust

As Jeremy Farrar assumes his new position as director of the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest funders of biomedical research, “hopes have been raised that his experience of science in Southeast Asia may advance the trust’s activities in developing nations,” SciDev.Net reports. “Farrar is recognized as a leading…

Devex Examines Implications Of WHO Pre-Approval For Chinese-Manufactured Vaccine

“The first-ever pre-approval by the [WHO] of a Chinese-manufactured vaccine has ‘opened the door’ for Chinese producers to supply low-cost drugs and vaccines to developing countries, according to Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH,” Devex reports. “Davis hopes the approval of a low-cost, easy to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine…

G33 Group Pushes To Re-Open WTO Talks On Food Subsidy Rules

“The combined effects of the global economic slowdown and increasing climatic shocks are threatening food security in developing countries, prompting many to re-open World Trade Organization (WTO) discussions on limits to support for farmers,” IRIN reports. “A group of developing countries — known as G33 — is asking to exceed…