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Gates Foundation, South Africa Partnership Will Maximize Research Capacity

“…Today’s announcement of two multi-year partnerships involving the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — with the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and with the University of Cape Town — is further proof of the ambitious research agenda staked out by local scientists. This alliance, led by South African scientists…

U.N., Humanitarian Groups Ask International Community To Step Up Aid Efforts In Syria

News outlets report on calls from the U.N. and humanitarian groups for stepped up efforts in Syria and refugee camps resulting from the conflict. The Guardian: Humanitarian groups demand action to alleviate suffering of Syrians “The heads of seven of the world’s largest humanitarian and human rights organization who are…

U.S. Commits $175M To GAVI Alliance

In a press release, the GAVI Alliance announced the U.S. “has committed an additional $175 million toward funding global vaccine programs through the GAVI Alliance, the largest amount that the U.S. has ever appropriated to GAVI. The funds, part of the fiscal year 2014 U.S. budget, will be used to…

News Outlets Report On Global Health-Related Events At World Economic Forum

News outlets summarize recent activity taking place at and on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. U.N. News Centre: At Davos Forum, Ban seeks business help to fight gender inequality, climate change, hunger “In a whirlwind of events at the World Economic Forum in Davos today…

World Leaders Need To Invest In New TB Treatment, Prevention Methods

Huffington Post: Davos: An Age-old Resort to Cure ‘Bad Breath’ Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras “…[A]s world leaders gather in Davos this week for the World Economic Forum, recent news raises the possibility of a return to a sanatorium era, where we have no effective treatment…

Lancet Editor-In-Chief Urges Donors To Support Women’s, Children’s Health

The Lancet: Offline: Ban Ki-moon’s global health initiative in jeopardy Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “An important element of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s flagship Every Woman, Every Child initiative is under threat. That was the conclusion of last week’s stakeholder meeting on Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, held…

Debate Over Foreign Aid, Development Continues In Foreign Policy Opinion Piece

Foreign Policy: Aid Amnesia William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University “In the latest installment of this endless and tiresome debate over aid, Jeff Sachs struck back this week at my recent article entitled the ‘Aid Debate is Over.’ (Spoiler: In the piece I argue that he lost…

Gates, Summers Present ‘Global Health 2035′ Initiative

New York Times “Deal Book”: Gates and Summers Push Global Health Drive as Moral Imperative “Pouring money into improving health care in developing countries is a profound moral mission, according to Bill Gates and Lawrence H. Summers — and huge achievements are well in reach. The two men teamed up…

Controversial Legislation In Ukraine Affecting Country’s HIV Response

Inter Press Service: Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS “Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get ‘catastrophically’ harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. … The International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine has told IPS that…