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Americans Can Afford To Invest More In Global Health

“Based on the costs associated with various health commodities and programs, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has estimated that the average U.S. taxpayer’s global health contribution” — about $14 — “enables the delivery of HIV/AIDS treatment for one person for two and a half weeks, or malaria treatment for…

World Bank Announces $700M Bond Issuance For GAVI Alliance Immunization Programs

“Millions of children in the world’s poorest countries stand to benefit from a $700 million bond issue, whose proceeds will help fund immunization programs by the GAVI Alliance,” a World Bank press release reports. “The transaction — with buyers on five continents — was by far the largest by the…

Nature Medicine Examines Impact Of Potential Budget Cuts On TB Research

Nature Medicine examines how U.S. federal spending cuts, known as sequestration, might affect tuberculosis (TB) research, focusing on the “Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC), a research nexus based in Atlanta that conducts tuberculosis clinical trials across nine countries in collaboration with the U.S. government, non-profits and drug companies.” The news service…

Leveraging Innovative Financing Mechanisms For Global Health R&D

“Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health [research and development (R&D)] funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden,” Trevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in…

USAID Helping Maximize Value Of Development Aid Through Pledge Guarantee For Health

Noting the approach of the Millennium Development Goals’ 2015 deadline, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog” about the Pledge Guarantee for Health (PGH), an “innovative tool that can help speed the delivery of critical health commodities by six to eight months.” He…

Transitioning To Country Ownership Of Health, Development Programs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog interviews Sema Sgaier, the lead author of an article published in Health Affairs this week examining “how India has worked in partnership with the Gates Foundation to take over the funding and management of Avahan, an innovative HIV prevention initiative created…

ONE Blog Reflects On Feed The Future Results, Limitations

“ONE agriculture expert David Hong and Stephanie Hanson of One Acre Fund report on Feed the Future from Iringa, Tanzania,” in a post in the ONE blog, writing that the program “is the U.S. government’s most cost-effective way to fight poverty and spur economic growth.” They highlight some results Feed…

Ambassador Goosby Reflects On PEPFAR Expenditure Analysis Initiative

“In 2009, PEPFAR began to pilot the Expenditure Analysis Initiative, tracking expenditures for PEPFAR programs to provide rigorous financial monitoring. This analysis provides detailed annual data on expenditures by program area, cost category, and region,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and…

Vietnam Expresses Concern That Donor Cuts In HIV/AIDS Funding Will Hamper Progress, IRIN Reports

“The Vietnamese government warns that multi-million dollar donor cutbacks could undermine progress in the country’s HIV/AIDS services,” IRIN reports. “More than 70 percent of Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS response comes from international donors, which plan to reduce or phase out projects due to the country’s new middle-income status and the global financial…