While legislators in Moscow attempt to reform the Russian health system in a way that is “strikingly similar” to the reform process in the U.S. and “[g]iven the importance of the U.S.-Russia relationship … our two countries have a historic opportunity to expand our health collaboration and, in so doing, improve our diplomatic ties,” Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) board of trustees, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece.
Local Drug Production Doesn’t Increase Access, Undermines Quality The international community focuses on lowering drug prices as a means of improving access and “today its idea is local pharmaceutical production … But while the German Government and other countries’ aid agencies are helping fund small firms in Africa, they have…
G20 finance ministers meeting in London next Friday, ahead of a G20 meeting in Pittsburgh “will face concerted pressure to introduce a tax on financial transactions as a coalition of anti-poverty campaigners aim to force the issue onto the agenda,” the Guardian reports.
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Lancet Infectious Diseases Features ReflectionÂ On Use OfÂ HIV/AIDS Money In Mozambique A Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece says while PEPFAR’s “investment of over US$228 million into Mozambique in 2008 alone” resulted in “an exponential increase in the number of people on” ARVs andÂ boosted prevention programs, “[t]here is more money…
The Los Angeles Times examines how “activists in Washington, and Thailand and other developing countries are accusing the Obama administration of endangering access to affordable drugs to fight AIDS and other epidemic diseases.”
The New York Times Magazine, as part of a special issue that focuses on women worldwide, published an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who “staked her claim as an advocate for global women’s issues in 1995, when, as first lady, she gave an impassioned speech at a United Nations conference in Beijing.” The interview was conducted ahead of her 11-day seven country tour of Africa.
Francis Collins, the new NIH director, on Monday outlined his top five priorities for the U.S. research agency during a town hall meeting with NIH staff, Science’s blog “Science Insider” reports. Collins emphasized the agency’s commitment to “high-throughput technologies,” “translational research,” “health care reform,” “global health” and “empower[ing] the biomedical research community,” the blog writes (Kaiser, 8/17).
Obama Must ‘Urgently’ Appoint ‘Strong’ USAID Leader According to a Lancet editorial examining USAID, though there is “deep involvement” from the State Department, “without a strong leader” at USAID, there is “justifiable fear” that programs could be “directed to achieve short-term political gain.” The Lancet writes, “[a]ll the building blocks…
As part of her seven country, 11-day trip to Africa, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday in Nairobi will meet with Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed at the new U.S. embassy in Kenya, according to Associated Press (Lee, 8/6).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off a seven country 11-day trip â€” “her longest overseas journey to date as the top U.S. diplomat â€” by flying Monday night to Kenya where she will address an African trade and development forum, meet top Kenyan officials and see the beleaguered president of lawless Somalia’s interim government,” the Associated Press reports.