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Breastfeeding Must Have Place In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: World Breastfeeding Week: Looking Beyond 2015 Ellen Piwoz, senior program officer in the nutrition division of the Global Development Program at the Foundation, discusses breastfeeding and its importance within the post-2015 development agenda (8/6).

Gates Foundation, Partners Address Ebola Crisis In West Africa

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Addressing the Ebola Crisis Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer at the Foundation, discusses how the Gates Foundation and its partners are working to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (8/6).

WHO Announces New Leadership For Global Malaria Program, UNITAID

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: New Leaders Named for WHO Global Malaria Program and UNITAID Alan Magill, director of the Gates Foundation’s Malaria Program, writes, “The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the appointment of two new leaders in the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria. Congratulations to…

William Foege On Vaccinations, Smallpox

ScienceBlogs’ “Aetiology”: A conversation on smallpox and vaccination with Dr. William Foege Tara Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at Kent State University, discusses global vaccinations and smallpox with William Foege, “one of the scientists who led the global smallpox eradication efforts” (7/29).

Blog Discusses Innovations Aimed At Reducing Maternal Mortality

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC): Innovators are Assembling to Save the Lives of Women and Children Worldwide Ashley Chang, deputy policy director at USGLC, features two innovations from USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth’s challenge for development, part of a global effort to reduce maternal mortality (7/28).

Gates Speaks About Public Health In Africa, Polio In Nigeria

News outlets report on recent comments from Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about public health in Africa and polio in Nigeria. Mail & Guardian: Africa’s growth path: Reduce diseases, Bill Gates cautions “Unless Africa dramatically decreases its rates of malnutrition and premature mortality, it will…

Blog Post Summarizes Issues Discussed At AIDS 2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: International AIDS Conference Focuses on Picking up the Pace Against HIV Bryan Callahan, a communications officer with the Gates Foundation, discusses several of the highlights so far from the 20th International AIDS Conference, including tuberculosis-HIV co-infection and voluntary medical male circumcision (7/22).

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: Smart power, TB research, female condoms, HIV resource tracking, and more Nick Taylor, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights “some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week” (7/21).

Kenya To Pilot Mass Drug Administration To Combat Malaria

IRIN: Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments “Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) — treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite…” (7/18).

New Female Condoms Under Development With Gates Foundation Grant Assistance

Bloomberg News: Female Condoms’ New Fit Adds Pleasure to Fight Disease “…Last month, [the] plan for a new female condom moved closer to reality. The product was one of 11 contraceptive projects to win $1.1 million in exploration grants from billionaire Bill Gates’s philanthropic foundation, and one of three focused…