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Bill Gates Reflects On Global Vaccine Summit In Foundation Blog

“This week I’m going to Abu Dhabi to attend the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the tremendous progress the world has made in ending polio and immunizing children,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “We’ll be there to do…

Social Media Helping Spur Conversation Surrounding Global Newborn Health

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses how social media is advancing the conversation surrounding global newborn health. “During the Global Newborn Health conference that was held [last] week in Johannesburg, South Africa,” social media “transcended continents,…

Report Urges Targeted Investment For Childhood Micronutrient Supplementation

Noting “[t]his week leaders from around the world convened in Ireland for the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice,” Kanika Bahl, a managing director at Results for Development Institute (R4D), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “A new report from [R4D] calls on the global…

Registration Open For 7th IAS Conference On HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

Registration for the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) — which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 30 to July 3, 2013 — is now open through the conference webpage, which notes “[d]elegates are encouraged to register by 18…

Interview Highlights Kenya’s First National Health Conference, Examines Role Of Women In Building Strong Health Systems

In a post in Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) “Global Health Impact” blog, Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of MSH, interviews Sylvia Vriesendorp, technical lead on leadership at MSH, about Kenya’s First National Conference on Health Leadership, Management and Governance, which took place in February and “demonstrated the long-term vision…

World Health Assembly’s Executive Board Concludes 132nd Meeting

“The World Health Assembly’s rotating Executive Board meets twice a year, and on 29 January concluded its 132nd meeting with what the WHO director general termed an ‘unprecedented’ amount of agenda items and documents,” Intellectual Property Watch reports. “WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who alternately explained, sang, and cried during the…

African Heads Of State Meet To Address Maternal Mortality, MDG 5 Goal

African “heads of state gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit met at a side event on Sunday, Jan. 27 to renew their commitment to reducing the maternal mortality rate on the continent,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service notes the 2009 launch of CARMMA,…

WHO Executive Board Meeting Discusses Consensus On R&D For Neglected Diseases

Intellectual Property Watch reports on discussions at the ongoing WHO Executive Board meeting “over legal and political aspects of a consensus reached by a small number of member states in November on implementing a plan to address the global lack of research and development [R&D] for neglected diseases predominantly afflicting…