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Inequality Can Lead To Wider Spread Of Military Conflicts, Letter To Cameron Says

The Guardian: Global inequality risks spread of military conflicts, Cameron warned “David Cameron is warned today by Graça Machel, widow of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela, that unless world leaders made 2015 a year for development, the consequence would not just be poverty but also growing military conflicts…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 247 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter includes articles on the Global Fund’s mid-year results and Kazakhstan’s innovative approach to TB management, among others (7/17).

BRICS Nations Form New Development Bank

News outlets report on the establishment of a new development bank by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Agence France-Presse: BRICS, South American leaders seek alternative to U.S. influence “Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers will hold a summit Wednesday with South American presidents,…

Research On Drug Use, HIV Prevention Interventions Necessary To Stop Virus In Russia

Moscow Times: Russia’s HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons Lyuba Azbel, research associate at the Yale School of Medicine “…[Russia's] government policy actually boosts the spread of HIV. Research shows that extrajudicial policing and police harassment in Russia creates an environment of fear, contributing to syringe sharing. … While alternatives…

Outdated Treatment, Prevention Tactics Helping TB Spread In Russia

Inter Press Service: Outdated Approaches Fueling TB in Russia, Say NGOs “…Tuberculosis exploded in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union as health care infrastructure crumbled, the country was thrown into economic crisis and crime and poverty soared, leading to overcrowded penal institutions. But, say NGOs in Russia and…

U.N. Set To Address Aid Delivery In Syria, Asks Europe To Help More Refugees

News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine…

U.K. Must Lead On SDG Process To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: New development goals need ambition — and the U.K. must set the agenda Jim Murphy, Labour member of parliament for East Renfrewshire and the shadow secretary of state for international development “…With the correct [Sustainable Development Goals], we can wipe out extreme poverty, secure health coverage at all…

Chikungunya Deaths In Antilles, French Guiana Prompt Warnings From France

Agence France-Presse: France issues warning over chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana “France’s health minister warned Thursday of a serious epidemic in the Antilles and French Guiana after 33 deaths were reported in connection with the chikungunya virus…” (7/10).

EDCTP Forum Discusses Health Technologies

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: European and African countries meet to advance health technology development for poverty-related diseases In an interview, Anne Hradský, advocacy coordinator for global health research and development at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung, discusses the focus of this year’s European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) Forum…

DfID’s Nutrition Programs Could Improve, Better Engage Private Sector, Report Says

The Guardian: Food for thought: undernutrition policy could be better, says U.K. aid watchdog “Britain has played a key role in galvanizing international attention towards the problem of undernutrition, but the government needs to target its policies on those most in need and better engage the private sector in its…