USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah was in Seattle on Tuesday to speak at the annual Life Science Innovation Northwest conference, the Seattle Times’ blog, “The Business of Giving,” reports. The blog outlines the Obama administration’s global health and development goals, including the six-year $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI), as well as some of the challenges facing Shah at USAID.
Nature News examines GAVI Alliance’s multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall ahead of a donors meeting in The Hague March 25-26. The meeting, which marks “the first time that the global-health partnership, based in Geneva, Switzerland, has brought together all of its major donors â€” countries and philanthropic organizations â€” at a single fund-raising event,” also demonstrates “the current woes at the organization, which since its creation in 2000 has taken vaccination rates in low-income countries to record highs,” the news service writes.
Former President Clinton, Bill Gates Encourage U.S. Global Health Investment At Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing
Former President Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said Wednesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing “that U.S. investments in fighting [HIV/]AIDS, malaria and other diseases in underdeveloped nations save lives and play a vital role in improving America’s image abroad,” the Associated Press reports.
Lancet World Report examines the challenges ahead for the GAVI Alliance, which after a decade of “steadily increasing financing” is now “facing a funding shortfall for the next decade that could hamper the roll-out of new vaccines.” GAVI leaders attribute the funding challenges to the global economic crisis, which has kept government aid budgets from increasing, according to the Lancet.
Test-And-Treat Model For Tackling HIV Not ‘Common Sense’ In a Guardian opinion piece, columnist Elizabeth Pisani challenges the assumptions made by the “mathematical model that shows that if we test everyone in Africa for HIV once a year and give everyone who tests positive expensive drugs right away and for…
New research published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth notes some of the “serious short- and long-term health issues” associated with preterm births and identifies steps that can be taken to reduce the number of stillbirths and premature births worldwide, United Press International reports. Each year, 13 million babies are born preterm and there are 3.2 million stillbirths, according to the research. “Neonatal deaths account for more than 42 percent of mortality in children under age 5 â€“ a rise from 37 percent in the year 2000, the report said,” UPI writes (2/22).
A team of British researchers have developed a simple, low-cost method to stablize vaccines in tropical climates, which they say could help to revolutionalize vaccination campaigns in developing countries, Reuters reports. “The technology developed by Oxford University scientists and the privately owned Nova Laboratories would remove the need for costly infrastructure, like fridges and freezers that require power and can break down, and highly trained staff,” the news service writes, adding that the research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust (Kelland, 2/17).
Under Shah’s Leadership, USAID Poised ‘To Regain Its Prominence’ In Global Nutrition, Lancet Opinion SaysÂ Rajiv Shah’s appointment as USAID administrator “comes at a crucial time of challenge and opportunity for the Agency to improve the nutritional well-being of impoverished societies,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment that examines…
Bill and Melinda Gates announced Friday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that their foundation would commit $10 billion over the next decade to research, develop and deliver vaccines for the world’s poorest countries, the New York Times reports (McNeil, 1/29). The Gateses “said they hope the commitment would spur support by governments, corporations, and other donors for vaccinations efforts,” the Chronicle of Philanthropy writes (Wilhelm, 1/29).
In his second annual letter, Bill Gates reflects on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work and the importance innovation will play in overcoming some of the world’s greatest challenges, including in global health and agriculture, the Associated Press/Wall Street Journal reports. “Gates says the foundation currently is backing 30 areas of innovation including online learning, teacher improvement, malaria vaccine development, HIV prevention, and genetically modified seeds,” according to the news service (1/25).