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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…

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…

New Dengue Vaccine Available By July 2015, Researchers Say

SciDev.Net: Dengue vaccine is just a year away, researchers say “A new vaccine that can halve the number of dengue cases provides a welcome shot to fight a deadly disease that infects around 390 million people every year in the tropics. Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company that sponsored the development…

Public Private Partnerships Key To Food Security In Philippines

Eco-Business: Public private partnerships key to ensuring food security “Philippines Presidential Adviser for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Francis Pangilinan, says the public sector must facilitate and support private investments in agriculture and fisheries, and in particular, investments for the poor and marginalized…” (Reyes, 8/11).

GSK To Start Clinical Tests For Ebola Vaccine

News outlets report on GlaxoSmithKline’s announcement that it will begin to clinically test an Ebola vaccine. The Hill: Glaxo to start clinical trials for Ebola vaccine “British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will start clinically testing an Ebola vaccine as international health workers struggle to contain an outbreak of the deadly disease. Glaxo…

How To Encourage Drug Industry To Tackle ‘Neglected’ Diseases

Washington Post: Why the drug industry hasn’t come up with an Ebola cure Jason Millman, Washington Post reporter “The lack of an Ebola cure amid the deadliest outbreak in the disease’s history is highlighting a significant challenge in the public health world: developing life-saving cures to those who need them…

International Entities Helping To Prevent HIV Drug Shortage In India

Reuters: Pharmaceutical companies, WHO help India in HIV/AIDS drug crisis “Indian companies and global health groups are stepping up efforts to provide a critical medicine for the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs program after more than 150,000 patients risked going without their dosages this month. Delayed tender approvals and poor coordination…

Investigational Rotavirus Vaccine In Late-Stage Clinical Trials

Reuters: Sanofi’s Rotavirus vaccine enters late-stage trials “French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday an investigational vaccine designed by its Shantha Biotechnics unit to protect young children from severe diarrhea had entered late-stage clinical trials in India. The vaccine is aimed at rotavirus infections which cause gastroenteritis…” (Callus, 10/14).

Zuckerberg Donates $25M To U.S. Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s donation of $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation’s Ebola fund. The Hill: Zuckerberg gives $25M to CDC Ebola fund (Hattem, 10/14). PBS NewsHour: Mark Zuckerberg to give $25M to fight Ebola (Morris, 10/14). USA TODAY:…