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Celebrating $12B Pledge, Global Fund Looks Ahead With ‘Collective Resolution’

Huffington Post: Reason to Celebrate in the New Year: $12 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria The Global Fund’s replenishment conference in December raised $12 billion, “the largest amount ever committed to fight the three…

Liberian President Launches Pneumonia Vaccination Campaign

Two news outlets report on the launch of Liberia’s pneumonia vaccination campaign, which aims to reduce the country’s infant mortality rate. Deutsche Welle: Cutting child deaths from pneumonia in Liberia “…The vaccination campaign was launched in Monrovia by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on January 9, 2014. Meanwhile health officials…

Millennium Villages Project ‘Expanding Rapidly,’ Sachs Says In Devex Interview

Devex: ‘In 23 countries in Africa and expanding rapidly’ Raj Kumar, president of Devex, writes about his conversation with Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). Sachs says, “[Y]ou’ve got to appreciate that [MVP] is in 23 countries in Africa and…

South Africa, Drug Companies Spar Over Intellectual Property Laws

Reuters: South Africa slams Big Pharma in generic drugs row “South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a ‘satanic’ plot to commit ‘genocide.’ … South Africa is in…

Developing Countries Need Strategies To Improve Science-Led Policy Development

SciDev.Net: Turning scientific consensus into development policy Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, former minister of science and technology development of Zimbabwe “Developing nations need a framework to bolster development plans through relevant research, says Heneri Dzinotyiweyi. … There is a need to evolve mechanisms that ensure that scientific consensus gets realized through appropriate…

Private Sector Leaders Say Business Must Engage In SDG Development

The Guardian: Sustainable development goals could be at risk by political squabbling “The corporate sector is at risk of betraying both people and planet if it fails to engage in the political process behind the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the hidden message behind a clarion…

Forbes Interviews Shah, Blair About Impact Investing For Global Health

Forbes: Rajiv Shah And Tony Blair On Impact Investing Forbes contributor Rahim Kanani interviews USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about “the state and future of impact investing as it relates to global health, governance, and social progress more broadly…” (1/20).

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

World Bank’s Kim Advocates For Universal Health Coverage

The Center for Global Health Policy “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event in which World Bank President Jim Kim advocated for universal health coverage, saying increased access to HIV treatments has helped show it is possible to achieve. “The successes and lessons from…

Blog Examines Success Of Public-Private Partnerships

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Wayne Madden, a member of Lions Clubs International, discusses the success of the GAVI Alliance and the importance of public-private partnerships. Madden advocates for these partnerships and writes, “[W]e know that we can serve many more people and impact countless…