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Preventing 4.4M Child Deaths In Next 1,000 Days Is Possible

“To reach the goal of decreasing deaths of children who have not yet reached their fifth birthday to four million in 2015, we estimate that 4.4 million children’s deaths must be averted in the next 1,000 days,” U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers writes in the Huffington Post’s “The…

Bill Gates Recounts Tour Of Ghana’s Health Systems

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, foundation co-chair Bill Gates recounts his recent trip to Ghana, where he “got to watch an effective health system in action — from the decision makers at the national level to nurses who live and work in the villages.”…

Malaria Strategies Need To Target At-Risk Populations, Researchers Say

New strategies are needed to fight malaria in countries with low prevalence, because “pockets of infection remain, mainly among men living or working outdoors,” according to a paper published in The Lancet, BBC News reports. “Those working in forests or plantations, or sleeping in fields overnight to protect crops, are all specific…

Production Of Synthetic Artemisinin An Attack Against Farmers Currently Growing The Plant

“On Thursday, the founder of Amyris Biotech triumphantly announced production of 70 million doses of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin,” Jim Thomas, research program director for ETC group, a technology watchdog that works with farmers’ organizations, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog. “This sounds like good news for poor people…

Recent Releases In Global Health

‘Complacency Is Dangerous’ In Global HIV/AIDS Fight: A Lancet Editorial is critical of UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe’s statement in the annual UNAIDS report that “We have halted and begun to reverse the epidemic.” The editorial states, “These words, from the head of a U.N. agency, are reckless and premature, and…

Report Analyzes Global Health Funding Trends, Predicts Lower Funding Growth

A report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) finds that the recent global economic downturn “hasn’t quelled generous government and private donors from giving record amounts to improve global health,” but the analysis also revealed “that growth in funding is beginning to taper off, cut by more than half between 2008 and 2010,” the Seattle Times’ “The Business of Giving” blog reports (Heim, 11/30).

Global Fund Approves 79 Grants With Two-Year Commitment Of $1.7B

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Board of Directors on Wednesday approved 79 grants with a two-year commitment of “$1.7 billion dollars for projects against the diseases, amid warnings that some hard-hit African countries were being left out,” Agence France-Presse reports. The commitment, according to Ethiopian Health Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who chair’s the Global Fund’s board, “shows that even in hard economic times, we can continue to expand the fight against the three diseases” (12/15).

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