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U.K. To Increase Zika Funding To $5.7M

U.K. Government: U.K. trebles funding to tackle Zika virus “U.K. funding for rapid research into tackling the Zika virus is set to increase to £4million [$5.7 million], the government has announced today (21 March 2016), as British scientists continue to lead the way in tackling this global emergency. The development…

U.N. Must Promote Harm Reduction As HIV Prevention Strategy Among Drug Users

The Guardian: To end HIV in drug users, stop chasing the dream of a drug-free world Susie McLean, senior adviser on drug use and HIV for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…The evidence for the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions — reducing the negative consequences of drug use rather than focusing…

Ukraine’s Polio Outbreak Could Widen Due To Delays In Vaccine Licensing, WHO Warns

The Guardian: Ukraine risks polio spreading as it delays licensing new vaccine “Ukraine could be a month away from becoming the only country in the world without protection from polio because of delays in licensing a new vaccine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Health workers in Ukraine, which…

Ending Extreme Poverty Requires Continued Investment In Research, Innovation

The Guardian: To end poverty, put science at the heart of development Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Nick Hurd, parliamentary under secretary of state at the U.K.’s Department for International Development “…[T]he Department for International Development (DfID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…

E.U. Suspends Aid To Burundi Over Political Conflict

The Guardian: E.U. suspends aid to Burundi’s government “The E.U. has suspended direct financial support for Burundi after concluding that the authorities in the central African nation had not done enough to find a political solution to a conflict that has so far cost more than 400 lives…” (3/15). Humanosphere:…

U.K. Panel Discusses Lessons Learned From Ebola

SciDev.Net: DFID makes the right noises over Ebola lessons “The outbreak of Ebola that devastated West Africa is out of the media spotlight, and no doubt many of us have wondered what happened to all those debates over lessons to be learned. A panel discussion at the United Kingdom’s Parliament…

Devex Explores European Medical Corps’ Structure, Composition

Devex: What to know about the European Medical Corps “…[T]he European Union has [launched] the European Medical Corps, a certified team of experts and professionals in public health and emergency medical response who can be rapidly deployed in the event of an emergency. The medical corps — identified as Europe’s…

Global Leaders Must Address Increasingly More Common Vector-Borne Diseases

VICE News: Zika Virus, ‘Ghostbusters,’ and the Strange New Normal of Tropical Disease Pandemics Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Baker Institute fellow in disease…

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