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USAID Announces Partnership With GE To Support Kenyan Health Facilities

GlobalPost: USAID’s partnership with GE in Kenya will help health facilities buy high-tech equipment “… Earlier this year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a partnership with the industrial behemoth [General Electric] that will make up to $10 million in credit available for Kenyan health facilities to buy…

Financial Times Publishes Special Report On TB

The Financial Times published a special report (.pdf) titled “Combating Tuberculosis” in recognition of World TB Day, March 24. Financial Times: TB, disease of the poor, now threatens the rich “…[T]oday, even though it kills 1.3 million people a year, TB is the poor relation of global diseases, struggling to…

Private Sector Involvement In International Development Is Key

New Security Beat: A New Model of Development? The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in International Aid “USAID funding is ‘far outstripped’ by private investment and business relationships in ‘nearly every country’ in which it works — and that’s a good thing, according to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah [at a Wilson…

Ending Violence Against Women, Girls Is Key To Advancing Progress Toward MDGs

Huffington Post: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of…

African Countries Aim To Educate People About Tobacco’s Harmful Effects

Phys.org: Six African Countries Gather to Improve Tobacco Counter Marketing “Health Ministry Representatives from Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda [Tuesday] joined a regional workshop to improve warnings on cigarette packs and anti-tobacco public education campaigns. … Every country represented at the workshop is a party to WHO’s…

Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).

MSF Releases Briefing Paper On Drug-Resistant TB

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a new briefing paper on Monday which “outlines why the alarming spread of deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is one of the biggest global health threats we face today. [The paper] calls on governments, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers to mobilize urgently to save more…

Gates Asserts That Philanthropy, Progress Depend On Innovation

News outlets report on comments by Bill Gates at events in Washington, D.C., this week. The Atlantic: Bill Gates: ‘The Idea That Innovation Is Slowing Down Is … Stupid’ “Bill Gates is aware that there’s a lot of gridlock in Washington. He’s just not sure it matters all that much…

Pharma Companies Need Better Incentives, Innovation To Invest In Neglected Diseases

EurActiv.com: Pharma firms pressed to tackle neglected diseases in developing world “Poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations. Better incentives are needed for pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs, health campaigners say. Europe plays a critical role in developing new PRND products that are saving millions of…

Cipla Could Provide Open Access To Patent For First-Line ARV

LiveMint: Cipla may put patent for new HIV drug in open access pool “Cipla Ltd, which competed with multinational drug firms by cutting HIV treatment cost to a fraction of the prevailing rate, is hoping to make a similar impact with a new four-drug combination to treat HIV/AIDS in infants…

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