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E.U. Pledges $431M To UNICEF To Improve Maternal, Child Health

News outlets report that the European Union has pledged more than $400 million to UNICEF to improve maternal and child health. EurActiv: E.U. donates €320 million to UNICEF for child health, nutrition “The European Union announced yesterday (4 February) that it will give €320 million to UNICEF for projects tackling…

DFID R&D Budget Shrinks Under Current U.K. Government

SciDev.Net: DFID’s R&D budget took a dip, but is on the rebound “Research and development (R&D) spending by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has fallen under the current government, despite the department’s drive for better evidence-based decision-making, an analysis has found. The department’s research budget in 2011-2012…

E.U. To Provide $190M In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Countries

News outlets report the European Union will support humanitarian assistance programs to African Sahel countries. RTT News: E.U. Announces EUR142 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Crisis “The European Commission on Monday announced that it will give EUR142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014,…

EurActiv Interviews WHO Expert About Progress Against NTDs

EurActiv: Funding for ‘neglected’ tropical diseases goes from ‘rags to riches’ “Dengue fever, chikungunya and other ‘neglected tropical diseases’ have attracted growing media attention — and international funding — as global warming helped them spread to Europe. But money isn’t everything, especially for deprived populations in Africa’s remote regions that…

Romania Must Do More To Prevent HIV

Valentin Simionov, executive director of the Romanian Harm Reduction Network, writes in Open Society Foundations’ “Voices” blog, “Romania is currently experiencing a spike in HIV rates that hits hardest among the most vulnerable populations, such as people who use drugs. Meanwhile, Romanians find themselves caught between a lack of clear…

Controversial Legislation In Ukraine Affecting Country’s HIV Response

Inter Press Service: Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS “Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get ‘catastrophically’ harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. … The International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine has told IPS that…

Russia’s ‘No Methadone’ Method Fails To Curb HIV

Bloomberg News: Russia’s Cold Turkey Fails to Stem HIV Among Drug Users “Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city where drug users used to be handcuffed to their beds to help them quit, exemplifies Russia’s efforts to stamp out the habit in a nation that has the most HIV-infected addicts. … While its…

Methadone, Clean-Needle Programs Help HIV Prevention Efforts In Ukraine

Bloomberg News: Methadone Clinics Help Ukraine Succeed on HIV Prevention “Ukraine is checking the spread of HIV for the first time in more than a decade by handing out methadone and clean needles to drug users, measures long embraced in the U.S. yet still opposed in neighboring Russia…” (Bennett, 1/14).

E.U. Support Growing For TB Vaccine Development

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, “writes about European support for new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB).” She notes, “Europe is a major contributor to the development of vaccines globally, with as much as 75 percent…

Report Examines HIV, TB Treatment Access In Ukraine

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides an overview of a new report from the Ukrainian Anti-corruption Action Centre and All Ukrainian Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS that looks at HIV and tuberculosis treatment access in the country. The report examines the public procurement system and…