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Major Tobacco Firms Lobbied For HIV/AIDS Funding, Initiatives In Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa To Distract From Tobacco Regulations, Paper Says

SciDev.Net: Tobacco firms pushed AIDS agenda to protect profits “…Big tobacco companies lobbied for funding and initiatives to combat AIDS to distract from the health problems caused by smoking and prevent regulations restricting tobacco use, a paper says. ‘In both Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, Philip Morris and British American…

Nations Ponder Financial Incentives To Spur New Antibiotic Research, Development

The Lancet: Countries mull over incentives for developing antibiotics “The prospect of slipping into a deadly, post-antibiotic era is prompting countries across the world to work out when and what they are willing to pay drug companies to develop desperately needed antibiotics. Governments have commissioned academics, economists, business analysts, and…

STAT Profiles Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar

STAT: With billions in the bank, a ‘visionary’ doctor tries to change the world “…At a time when government funding for public health research is shrinking across much of the world, and epidemics wreak havoc with what seems like increasing frequency, [Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy] Farrar stands to make a…

Donors Should Examine Current Models Of Foreign Aid Delivery, Ensure Effectiveness

Wilson Quarterly: Solving the Calculation Problem of Foreign Aid Michael Chernin, intern in the Office of the Director, President, and CEO at the Wilson Center, discusses foreign aid delivery and the potential need for reform, writing, “There are national security, economic, and humanitarian arguments to be made for revamping how…

Impact Evaluation Vital For Understanding Successes, Failures In Global Health Programs

BMJ Blogs: Amanda Glassman and Rachel Silverman: Evaluating what works in global health Amanda Glassman, vice president for programs, director of global health policy, and senior fellow; Rachel Silverman, senior policy analyst, both at the Center for Global Development, discuss CGD’s book, Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in…

NIH Official, Florida Governor Urge Congress To Approve Emergency Zika Funding

Bloomberg BNA: Fauci: Zika Funding Lack Hurts Other Health Efforts “It’ll be ‘very destructive’ to other public health efforts if Congress doesn’t provide the Zika funds requested by the Obama administration, the head of the NIH’s infectious disease programs said May 3. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute…

With Waning Donor Support, Some Ghanaians Lack Access To HIV Medications

Deutsche Welle: Ghanaians still struggle under the weight of HIV/AIDS “…Previously, almost the entire budget for the management of HIV/AIDS in Ghana was funded by donor agencies, including the Global Fund. But since the country declared its middle income status, donor support has waned. Providing testing kits and drugs is…

USDA To Provide $6M For Research Into Antimicrobial Resistance

CIDRAP News: USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) [Monday] announced the availability of $6 million for research on antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, including how resistance develops and spreads and how to combat it…” (Roos, 5/3).

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