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Gates’ Tweet Highlights Role Humans Play In Spread Of Malaria

The Guardian: Man v mosquito: who is the most dangerous carrier of malaria? “This week, a tweet from Bill Gates highlighting the role humans play in spreading malaria caught our eye … To find out more we asked an expert. We asked Matthew Cairns, a Medical Research Council fellow at…

UNFPA, Gates Foundation MOU Aimed At Improving Contraceptive Access Through Innovation

“…Innovation is the key to improving access to family planning services and contraceptives. … That’s exactly what the partnership that UNFPA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently signed is all about. … UNFPA and the Gates Foundation will collaborate to develop and identify innovative approaches to allow for…

VMMC ‘Can Play Vital Role’ In African HIV Prevention Programs

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sema Sgaier, a program officer with the foundation, discusses a collection of research studies on the role of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa published this week in PLOS ONE and PLOS Medicine. “…By…

Polio Emergency Declaration Should Foster More Collaboration To End Disease

Noting the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency, Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “…This isn’t to say that the last mile [to polio eradication] is going to be easy. It hasn’t…

Global Health Product Development Forum Shows ‘Tremendous Progress’ In Field

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the foundation, shares his reflections on the 2014 Global Health Product Development Forum, which took place last week in Seattle. Mundel notes, “This year’s forum — and the many productive meetings that took…

‘Gates Notes’ Blog Examines Impact Of Mosquitoes On Human Health

“…Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year. Mosquitoes kill 50,000 times as many people, but if there’s a TV…

‘Power Of Partnership’ Essential To Effective Vaccine Delivery

Raja Rao, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Before my career in vaccine delivery, I considered the fridge nothing more than a place where lettuce goes to die. But it’s a critical component in…

New CEO Begins At Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Lancet: New CEO takes the reins at the Gates Foundation “…[Susan] Desmond-Hellmann is the third CEO in the foundation’s history and the first to have a track record in global health. While she is at pains to dampen any speculation that her appointment signals any strategic shift in the…

Humanosphere Discusses Gates Foundation’s Focus On Science, Delivery of Global Health

Writing in Humanosphere, Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist of the blog, discusses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s focus on developing new products to fight diseases. Paulson writes, “The world’s biggest philanthropy has reorganized to devote its global health program, run by former Novartis executive Trevor Mundel, almost entirely…

Gates Foundation Backing Phase III Clinical Trial Of New TB Drug Regimen

News outlets report on the announcement of a Phase III clinical trial for a drug regimen that has the potential to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. The Guardian: New and better treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis on the horizon “A new trial of a novel drug combination that could dramatically shorten treatment for…

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