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Increased Health Care Spending In India Has Potential Individual, Societal Benefits

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The Economics of Health in India Girindre Beeharry, director of the Gates Foundation’s India Country office, discusses health care financing in India and the potential benefits of increased spending on the household and macro levels (11/6).

Gavi In Talks To Pay For Ebola Vaccine

Bloomberg News: Bill Gates-Backed Group Weighs Funding for Ebola Vaccine “…[Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] is in talks with Glaxo[SmithKline], the World Health Organization, and others about paying for [new Ebola] vaccines, and its board will make a decision when it meets next month, said Seth Berkley, Gavi’s chief executive officer…”…

Eradicating Malaria Possible Within 25 Years

The Lancet Global Health Blog: Malaria eradication: let battle commence Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California and a Malaria No More U.K. policy adviser, discusses malaria eradication, following Bill Gates’s calls for renewed commitment to the goal this week at the annual meeting…

New Faster Diagnostic Test For River Blindness Less Expensive, Painful

Devex: New tool makes diagnosing river blindness faster, cheaper, and less painful “…With funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH worked with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and South Korea-based manufacturing firm Standard Diagnostics to roll out the new diagnostic tool, which they hope will play…

Malaria Elimination Possible With Ambition, Innovation

The Guardian: Eliminating malaria: how close can we get? James Whiting, executive director of Malaria No More U.K., and Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More U.S. “…Thanks to more than a decade of dramatic progress in reducing cases of and deaths from malaria, such an ambitious goal — to…

India Continues To Make Progress In Family Planning

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Report shows progress on India’s Family Planning commitment Jyoti Vajpayee, senior program officer of family planning at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, discusses the progress India has made on its “commitment to include family planning as a central element of its…

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Sam Altman Discuss Technology In Global Health, Development

Wall Street Journal: What Technology Can Do for Health “Sue Desmond-Hellmann runs the $40 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is probably best known for investing in the development of drugs and vaccines to fight widespread diseases such as AIDS and malaria. Sam Altman is the president of Y…