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Increased Communication Needed For TB Diagnostics Development

In this post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Madhukar Pai, a professor and tuberculosis (TB) researcher based at McGill University, co-chair of the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group, and a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, describes a recent conference on TB diagnostics at…

Mobile Technology Has Potential With Coordination Among Funders, Implementers

“The global health community has come to appreciate the potential of mHealth,” but the technology’s use for health programs in developing countries “remains in its infancy, with many of the characteristics and issues typical of young industries,” Amanda Glassman of the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Vicky Hausman of Dalberg Global Development…

Cooperation, Partnership Essential To Achieving Post-2015 Goals

José Cuesta, a development economist with the World Bank, writes in the agency’s blog about the post-2015 development goals. “The World Bank Group has explicitly stated that our new goals of eradicating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be achieved without institutions, structures, and processes that empower local communities,…

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…

USGLC Honors American Innovator For ‘Miracle Food’ That Can Beat Malnutrition

A U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) blog post honors Mark Moore, founder of MANA Nutrition. MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid) is a ready-to-use therapeutic food that “[a]t around 500 calories per packet, three servings a day of this powerful peanut paste, for six to eight weeks can bring a child…

J&J Announces Collaboration With Stop TB Partnership To Improve Access To TB Drug

Media sources report on efforts by Johnson & Johnson to improve access to Sirturo, its medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Bloomberg News: J&J Eases Access for Tuberculosis Drug in Poor Nations “Johnson & Johnson is taking steps to ensure Sirturo, its medicine for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis, is available and…

Growing Humanitarian Needs Raise Private Sector Aid Involvement, Report Says

IRIN: Global crises raise private aid profile “Rising global humanitarian needs — from the Syrian crisis to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan — have provided challenges for aid funding and highlight the growing significance of private donations in terms of diversity and flexibility in relief…

GSK Executive Discusses Vaccine R&D Investments, Challenges

Bloomberg TV: Upfront Vaccine Costs a Hurdle to Business: Slaoui In a video report, “Moncef Slaoui, R&D and vaccines chairman at GlaxoSmithKline, discusses the financial challenges to developing vaccines, the importance of research and development to the pharmaceutical industry from the 2014 Milken Global Conference on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Market Makers'”…

‘Power Of Partnership’ Essential To Effective Vaccine Delivery

Raja Rao, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Before my career in vaccine delivery, I considered the fridge nothing more than a place where lettuce goes to die. But it’s a critical component in…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…