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U.S. Government’s GAVI Pledge Took ‘Trade-Offs’ In Global Health Portfolio

Commenting on the U.S. pledge of $450 million to the GAVI Alliance, Gayle Smith, special assistant to the President and senior director for Development and Democracy for the National Security Staff, writes in a White House Blog post, “Investments in vaccines are one of the best and most cost-effective life-saving…

More Money Needed To Fight Health Issues

“I can’t help worrying that, as donors slap themselves on the back over their generosity [shown through pledges to the GAVI Alliance] …, their feelgood factor will turn into a warm glow of satisfaction at having played out their part. Problem solved,” Sarah Boseley writes on the Guardian’s “Global Health Blog.” “What…

MenAfriVac More Effective, Less Expensive Than Older Meningitis Vaccines, Studies Say

The meningococcal vaccine MenAfriVac, which is made by the Indian generic drug company Serum Institute, is “dramatically better” at producing a protective effect among African children in three countries than “older so-called meningococcal polysaccaride vaccines, including Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline,” according to a paper describing two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Reuters reports.

Five U.N. Agencies Issue Statement Urging Nations To Address Sex Selection Favoring Boys

“Five U.N. agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence,” Pakistan’s Nation reports (6/15). A joint statement issued on Tuesday by the…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Respond To GAVI Pledging Conference

Editorials and opinion pieces are responding to the GAVI Alliance pledging conference, which raised $4.3 billion for childhood vaccinations. The following is a summary of some of those pieces: Financial Times: Boosting vaccines: The editorial calls on GAVI to review its governance and do more to help reduce the price…

Meeting Promotes Partnership To End Malnutrition In First 1,000 Days Of Life

Government officials, nutrition and health experts, as well as civil society advocates from around the world, met in Washington, D.C., on Monday to promote the 1,000 Days Partnership, which launched in September 2010, VOA News reports in a piece featuring quotes from U.S. officials about efforts to end child deaths from malnutrition (DeCapua, 6/13).