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Canada Keeps Focus On Maternal, Child Health

The Globe and Mail features two stories discussing Canadian efforts to improve maternal and child health, including the upcoming Saving Every Woman Every Child summit. Globe and Mail: Canada keeps its funding promises for world maternal and child health “…Ottawa is on track to spend some $2.85 billion [US$2.6 billion]…

Refugees Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Steep Medical Costs, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Lancet Oncology on access to cancer treatments for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Agence France-Presse: Syria refugees denied cancer treatment, says UNHCR “Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need,…

Funding, Political Resolution Critical To Addressing Cholera, Hunger In S. Sudan

New York Times: South Sudan’s Plight Andrea Tamburini, director of operations at Action Against Hunger In a letter to the editor, Tamburini notes a cholera outbreak and increasing food insecurity in South Sudan, stating, “…Emergency teams must swiftly address cases of cholera and prevent its fatal spread. Nutrition teams must…

Critics Express Frustration Over Canadian PM’s MCH Initiatives

News outlets report on criticism expressed over Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s maternal and child health initiatives, as the country prepares to host the Saving Every Woman Every Child summit. Canadian Press/Huffington Post Canada: Harper’s Maternal Health Pledge For Poor Countries Polarizes At Home “One polarizing question will hover over…

Bill Gates Slows Pace Of His Giving To Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New York Times: As His Foundation Has Grown, Gates Has Slowed His Donations “Bill Gates, who as the richest American has become one of the foremost advocates of philanthropy, has reduced the pace of his own giving to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the last decade…” (Smith, 5/26).

Canada Must Keep Commitment To MCH, Urge Other Nations To Step Up Donations

Toronto Star: Efforts to improve child and maternal health must reach the most vulnerable Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada “…Canadian funds committed through the Muskoka Initiative have proved that it’s possible to reach women … and their children, even in the most remote contexts. But those…

Global Fund-WHO Partnership Aims To Fill Gap In Technical Assistance

Devex: How the new Global Fund-WHO partnership will work “Soon, World Health Organization experts will be providing technical assistance to country teams and civil society groups looking to secure grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund last year launched a new funding model…

Supporting Immunization Programs Is ‘Proven Investment In Future Generations’

Huffington Post: Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…At the World Health Assembly, the world’s health ministers recognized four decades of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), and in Brussels the GAVI Alliance kicked off its ambitious plan for…

Kenyan AIDS Services Assess Funding Streams

Key Correspondents: No cause for panic as Kenya faces steep cuts to AIDS funding “…‘I am not sure where that notion is coming from that PEPFAR are withdrawing, it’s not true. They, plus the Global Fund, continue to be our partners. For example, we have just signed a USD 495…