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Changing The Way The U.S. Gives Foreign Assistance

Politix: Getting Our Money’s Worth On Foreign Aid Diana Ohlbaum, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies “…[F]oreign aid is only about 1 percent of our budget — and the part that is used to help the world’s poorest people is less than half that amount. These…

Candidate Vaccine Against Malaria Brings Hope To End Disease

Financial Times: An effective vaccine against malaria may at last be in sight Joe Cohen, adviser to the malaria vaccine project at GlaxoSmithKline “…While huge progress has been made during the past decade, thanks to bed nets, better treatments and diagnostic tools, [malaria] still claims hundreds of thousands of lives…

Senegal Leads By Example In Fight Against Malaria

Skoll World Forum: The Battle to End Malaria: Senegal Leads by Example Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Senegal’s Minister of Health, and Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…Certainly, World Malaria Day is a time to consider the great progress we have made globally…

Debate Remains Over Whether SDGs Can ‘Push Development Forward’

New York Times: At the U.N., a Free-for-All on Setting Global Goals Eduardo Porter, New York Times columnist “…[F]or all the good intentions, the breathtakingly ambitious enterprise [of international agreement on post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals] might have a hard time overcoming not just the narrower priorities of the world’s nation-states…

Governments, NGOs Must Account For TB Funding, Measure Programmatic Impacts

Huffington Post: Where Has All the Money Gone for Fighting Tuberculosis? Shelly Batra, founder and president of Operation ASHA “…Huge amounts of funds have been poured into a bottomless pit [in the name of TB elimination]. … This funding should have led to better outcomes, i.e. improved case detection and…

USAID, PEPFAR Committed To Improving Health Systems To Deliver VMMC Services

Huffington Post: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID Noting a new collection of studies on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) “published by the PLOS Collection and funded by [PEPFAR] through [USAID] and the Bill & Melinda…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Polio As Global Health Emergency

The following opinion pieces and editorials address the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency and efforts to eradicate the disease. The Guardian: Polio: a case for real alarm Sarah Boseley, Guardian health editor “…The only real way to finish polio will eventually be to rid the endemic…

CDC Launches Initiative Targeting Neglected Parasitic Diseases In U.S.

Huffington Post: The CDC’s New Initiative on Parasitic Infections Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new initiative that targets parasitic diseases in the United States. Coinciding with the publication of a series of…

Minimize Antibiotic Overuse, Develop New Antibiotics To Address Drug Resistance

New York Times: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance “…The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that in ever more cases, standard treatments no longer work, infections are harder or impossible to control, the risk of spreading infections to others is increased, and illnesses and hospital stays are prolonged. … The most…