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Germany Commits To Providing 1B Euros To Global Fund Through 2016

“Germany will give one billion euros [$1.3 billion] to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the country’s minister for economic cooperation and development Dirk Niebel said Thursday” during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CNN reports (Chapple, 1/24). Niebel made the announcement at a news conference “also attended by…

E.U. Budget Effectively Freezes Aid Budget At Current Levels

“A promised European Union investment budget to modernize the recession-hit economy is set to be scaled back in a bonfire of competing national demands,” Bloomberg reports (Neuger, 2/7). “After tense negotiations in Brussels, European leaders reached a historic budget-cutting deal on Friday — but appeared to have spared foreign aid,” Devex’s “The…

Gates Foundation Blog Discusses E.U. Budget Deal

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Joe Cerrell, director of the foundation’s Europe office, reports on deliberations by the E.U. on Friday on a “budget deal that would show deep cuts to life-saving aid for the world’s poorest.” He writes, “European governments are facing some very difficult…

Eleventh Global Case Of SARS-Linked Virus Confirmed In U.K.

“British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member,” the Associated Press reports (2/13). “The new virus, which the WHO refers to as…

Blog Examines Future Of European Union Aid

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Elisa Baldini, an advocacy and campaigns officer with Plan E.U., examines the future of European Union aid, writing, “Last week, European Union leaders came together for a decisive summit to discuss how much they think the E.U. should spend…

European Commission Holds High-Level Nutrition Meeting

The European Commission on Thursday began a two-day high-level meeting on nutrition in Brussels, aimed at “ensuring the cause remains atop the development agenda,” the Devex “Development Newswire” reports. “The Scaling-Up Nutrition event comes a day after the release of the commission’s new policy on nutrition,” the news service notes (Ravelo, 3/14).…

Europe Facing Rising Cost Of Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says

“Europe is facing a multi-billion-euro time bomb of rising costs to control tuberculosis (TB) as drug-resistant forms of the lung disease spread, a pioneering study found,” Reuters reports. “Often thought of as a disease of the past or one restricted to marginalized communities, TB is already inflicting annual direct costs…

Tajikistan Working To Improve Maternal, Child Health

A blog post by the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe discusses efforts to improve maternal and child health in Tajikistan, writing, “During the last five years WHO has assisted Tajikistan in introducing ‘Beyond the numbers’ approaches that go beyond counting maternal deaths or severe morbidity cases to developing an understanding…

DfID To Spend $214.5M Over 5 Years On Public-Private Partnerships To Fight Infectious Diseases

The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID) plans to invest £138 million ($214.5 million) over the next five years “with nine public-private partnerships to support development of drugs, vaccines, insecticides, diagnostic tools and microbicides, all to prevent, diagnose or treat disease,” This Is Guernsey reports (8/22). “Diseases to be targeted…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. “Sohni Dean and colleagues identify the most important research areas for improving pre-conception care for women in low- and middle-income countries,” including integration of care into the wider health care…