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Financial Times Reports On Controversy Over Cost Of New HCV Medication

Financial Times: Hepatitis C: Treated — at a price “…The launch in recent weeks of sofosbuvir, the first of a series of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) set for regulatory approval, raises the prospect of curing and potentially eliminating a disease that levies a heavy global burden. ……

TB Treatment Advocacy Groups Discuss TB Test’s Cost In Letter To Manufacturer

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses an open letter to Cepheid Chief Executive Officer John Bishop from the Treatment Action Group and the Global TB Advisory Board regarding the cost of the company’s GeneXpert MTB/RTF rapid TB diagnostic test. “…Cepheid hasn’t responded to requests for comments…

GAVI Matching Fund Raises $152 Million With Private Sector Support

A GAVI Alliance press release reports that the GAVI Matching Fund “has secured more than $150 million in just 30 months, it was announced [Friday] at a CEO Breakfast organized by the GAVI Alliance during the World Economic Forum. … Since the GAVI Matching Fund was established in June 2011,…

Private Sector Playing Increasing Role In Rebuilding Typhoon-Hit Philippines

Devex: Private sector stepping up in the Philippines “The Philippines has been battered by crisis after crisis recently, but a positive storyline coming out of the country is the role business is playing in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. One of the most predominant and game-changing concepts in global development…

EurActiv Interviews WHO Expert About Progress Against NTDs

EurActiv: Funding for ‘neglected’ tropical diseases goes from ‘rags to riches’ “Dengue fever, chikungunya and other ‘neglected tropical diseases’ have attracted growing media attention — and international funding — as global warming helped them spread to Europe. But money isn’t everything, especially for deprived populations in Africa’s remote regions that…

5 Lessons From Africa On Integrating Family Planning, Maternal Health

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sirina Keesara of UCSF and Grace Lesser of Jacaranda Health discuss five lessons on integrating family planning and maternal health in resource-constrained settings: “integrate family planning into maternity services,” “get efficient,” “bust myths,” “target men,” and “think…

USAID Will Better Engage ‘Fragile States’ To Reach Top Goal Of Ending Extreme Poverty

IIP Digital: USAID Sets Ending Extreme Poverty as Top Goal “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will make ending extreme poverty its top goal, say senior development officials. Addressing a January 28 gathering discussing extreme poverty in conflict-affected areas at the Center for American Progress, Alex Thier, USAID’s assistant…

India Donates To GAVI For First Time, Commits $4 Million To Programs

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s announcement that India will commit $4 million to its vaccination and immunization programs. The Hindu: India to donate $4 million to GAVI Alliance “India has committed itself to contributing $4 million over the next four years to GAVI Alliance to immunize children worldwide…

HIV Testing Program Focuses On South African Truck Drivers

Health24: Putting the brakes on HIV “A road safety and wellness campaign, by Adcock Ingram, Scania truck manufacturer, Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and Shell One Stop petrol stations focused on the health of truck drivers over December. HIV, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI testing were top of the…