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WFP To Launch 4-Month Food Voucher Text Message Pilot Program For Iraqi Refugees

The World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday announced that it is launching a pilot program to send food vouchers via mobile phone text messages to Iraqi refugees in Syria, Agence France-Presse reports (10/27). This program is “the first of its kind in the world to use mobile phone technology,” according to a WPF press release (10/27).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Clinical Infectious Diseases Examines Malaria Treatment An editorial commentary appearing in Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the insight gained in how best to control malaria, based on recent studies of artemisinin combination therapy (ACTs). “As we move toward the elimination of malaria, it is crucial that policymakers and research groups endorse…

South-South Cooperation Conference Kicks Off In Kenya

The High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation started Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, with officials discussing prospects and challenges of the initiative, Xinhua reports (Ooko, 12/1).

Foreign Policy Examines ‘Philanthrocapitalism’ Trend

Foreign Policy examines “a revolutionary idea for how to remake charity in the 21st century [that] is taking off: philanthrocapitalism.” The magazine writes: “Unlike their colleagues in government bureaucracies and tried-and-true NGOs, the philanthrocapitalists are a nimble, business-minded stock.”

Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships To Improve Global Health

“Although global health was historically dominated by U.N. agencies and bilateral organizations, new partnerships with the private sector have emerged since the 1990s,” Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at Rabin Martin, and Adel Mahmoud, a professor at Princeton University, write in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “In part, global health’s private…

Venture Social Investment ‘Could Be A New Thinking’ In Development Aid

In an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health consultant and founder of the Center for Implementation Efficiency, explores the concept of “venture social investment or VSI,” in which the idea of venture capitalism is used “to reward good ideas or sustainable initiatives by investing…

Opinion Pieces Examine Role Of Private Sector Investment In Global Health

The following opinion pieces were published Saturday as the World Economic Forum, held last week in Davos, Switzerland, came to a close. Dagfinn Hoybraten, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “There’s a growing and welcome awareness that the world’s biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well,” Hoybraten, vice president of…

Secretary Clinton Announces New Partnerships At Event Celebrating Power Of Collaboration

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [on Thursday] hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration,” Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Kris Balderston, the special representative for global partnerships, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “We…

GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS Business Joins Medicines Patent Pool

“GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children’s medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries,” Reuters reports. “ViiV Healthcare, majority-owned by GSK, is the second research-based pharmaceutical business to sign up to the new Medicines Patent Pool, following a lead set in…

Researchers Call For Increased Regulation Of Food, Drink Companies For Improvement Of Global Public Health

“Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies, health experts said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. In a study published in the Lancet, “[t]he researchers said that through the aggressive marketing of ultra-processed food and drink, multinational companies were now major…