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Private Sector, Civil Society Can Play Central Role In Ending Extreme Poverty

“We are closer than ever before to ending global poverty,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece, adding, “As a result, the World Bank Group has adopted two new goals: end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity by maximizing income growth for…

France 24 Video Report Examines Vaccine Industry

A video report from France 24’s “Beyond Business” examines the vaccine industry, “a $34 billion industry that’s saving millions of lives,” and asks, “[I]s the money spent on vaccines going as far as it should?” According to the summary, “The market is now dominated by the public-private partnership, the Global…

South African Health Minister Says TB Is Biggest Threat To Mining Industry Workers

“Accidents and violence get most of the attention, but the deadliest threat to workers in the South African mining industry is tuberculosis, says the minister of health leading new efforts to combat the infectious disease,” The Star reports. Summarizing an interview with South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who was…

Technology, Innovation, Partnerships Critical For Sustainable Development, Ban Says

During a visit to Estonia on Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Our sustainable development goals must be informed by…

Merck To Expand Its Maternal Health Program Begun In Developing Countries To U.S.

“Merck & Co on Tuesday said it is expanding its ‘Merck for Mothers’ program, which aims to reduce pregnancy-related deaths from impoverished countries such as Senegal and Zambia, to the United States — a stark reminder of how far the country lags other wealthy nations on key measures of health,”…

Blog Features Interview With Gates Foundation’s Global Health President

Xconomy’s “Bio Beat” blog features a two-part interview with Trevor Mundel, president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global health operations. Journalist Luke Timmerman speaks with Mundel about the challenges of implementing global health programs and working with the private sector (11/25). In the first installment, Mundel “talked about…

Reuters Examines Myanmar’s Efforts To Improve Health Sector

Reuters examines efforts by Myanmar’s government to improve health in the country “as it ratchets up spending on the sector and seeks foreign investment to revive one of Asia’s sickest health care systems.” The news service writes, “In 2000, during the dark days of dictatorship, the [WHO] ranked Myanmar second-last…

Partnerships Are Necessary To Improve Global Health

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a series on the agency’s activities in global health, Hope Randall, child health communications associate at PATH, discusses the importance of partnership and integration and says “one of the most exciting partnership activities was the recent global [non-governmental organization (NGO)] response to the…

With HPV Vaccine Price Lowered, Challenge Now Is Strengthening Health Systems For Rollout

“Since their approval, health experts and campaigners, including The Lancet, have called for the vaccines against the human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause cervical cancer to become available at a much cheaper price,” a Lancet editorial states. High prices “meant the vaccines were prohibitively expensive for low-income countries where most HPV…