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Analysts, Stakeholders Developing Potential International Pandemic Insurance Schemes

Reuters: New pandemic insurance to prevent crises through early payouts “…Analysts are developing insurance schemes that could turn the humanitarian system on its head, by paying out money as soon as a disease breaks out to stop it becoming an international crisis, rather than trying to raise funds after the…

U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. ……

Leadership, Global Governance Questions Must Be Answered For True Pandemic Preparedness

Washington Post: The next epidemic Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…The first and foundational layer of pandemic preparedness is the disease surveillance system in developing countries. … Many developing countries lack even the minimal capability to identify outbreaks before they become epidemics. Filling those gaps is one of the goals of…

DfID Should Have Done More To End FGM In Sierra Leone, British MPs Say

The Guardian: MPs take aim at DfID as inaction on FGM in Sierra Leone heads list of ‘failures’ ” …The [U.K. Parliament’s International Development Committee] chided DfID for failing to do more to stamp out FGM in Sierra Leone and said that, since the practice had stopped during the Ebola…