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International Community Must Better Prepare For Pandemics, Bill Gates Says

Financial Times: Bill Gates warns over risk of pandemic precipice “Bill Gates says there could be one benefit from the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since 2014. ‘It may serve as a wake-up call,’ says the Microsoft founder. ‘We must prepare for future…

GHIT Fund Could Be Model For Global Health R&D Financing, Governance

Devex: How innovative financing and partnerships are transforming the infectious disease product pipeline BT Slingsby, CEO and executive director of the GHIT Fund “…In response to the lack of investment in products for infectious disease, Japan has created a pioneering model for global health R&D financing and governance. The first…

Ethiopia Launches Grand Challenges Program Focused On MCH, Pastoralist Health, Early Childhood Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Welcome Grand Challenges Ethiopia Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director of discovery & translational sciences in the Global Health Program of the Gates Foundation, and Kedest Tesfagiorgis, a program officer with the same section, write about the launch of Grand Challenges Ethiopia, which will first…

WHO’s Removal Of Nigeria From Polio-Endemic List ‘Should Have’ Received More Attention

Humanosphere: WHO’s big announcement that had nothing to do with bacon Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy says WHO’s announcement that Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries “should have” received more media attention because “a polio-free world just drew a bit closer.” He includes quotes from CDC Director Tom…

Continued International Commitment Needed To Eradicate Polio

CNN: Ending polio: ‘We’re on the verge of making history’ Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…For the first time in recorded history, the entire African continent has gone a full year without a child paralyzed by wild poliovirus. To officially certify Africa polio free, we…