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U.K. Launches $17.4M Effort To End TB

Reuters: Europe’s tuberculosis hub Britain seeks to wipe out the disease “Health authorities launched an 11.5 million pounds ($17.4 million) plan on Monday to tackle Britain’s persistent tuberculosis (TB) problem, seeking to wipe the contagious lung disease out altogether. Britain has one of the highest TB rates in western Europe…

Investment In TB, Malaria, HIV Treatment And Prevention, Health Systems Saves Lives

The Guardian: Ebola kills far fewer than AIDS, TB, and malaria. What should we prioritize? Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “…It may sound cold-hearted to set health priorities based on cost-effectiveness, but it’s actually the best way to do the…

WHO Releases 14 Papers Examining Past Year Of West African Ebola Epidemic

News outlets highlight a series of 14 reports released on Thursday by the WHO discussing various aspects of the first-ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Bloomberg News: Ebola Spread After WHO’s 2010 Warning Ignored, Agency Says “…A WHO review committee convened in 2010 in the aftermath of the swine flu…

7 Key Challenges Face Ebola Vaccine Developers, Stakeholders

The Lancet: Is the world ready for an Ebola vaccine? Bruce Y. Lee of the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues “…We propose seven key challenges to be considered early in Ebola vaccine development that will help stakeholders prepare and allow developers…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 258 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter discusses the appointment of the Global Fund’s new inspector general, Mouhamadou Diagne; audits of Ecuador’s and Rwanda’s programs; and an analysis…

Blog Post Outlines Debate Over Commentary Blaming IMF For Weakening Health Systems In West Africa

Humanosphere: Wonks disagree over whether IMF contributed to Ebola crisis Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy outlines recent debate among researchers and experts over a Lancet commentary “arguing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) helped to weaken health care in the West African countries struggling with Ebola.” He writes, “By the end, the debate…