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U.S. Must Maintain Investments In HIV Vaccine, Prevention Research

The Hill: Choosing the worst time to scale back AIDS research Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…For the first time, we can honestly talk about how to end the AIDS epidemic — and we have not only researchers, advocates, and trial participants to thank, but also American taxpayers. But…

Boosting Antibiotic Research, Development Pipeline Critical To Ending Drug Resistance

The Guardian: Antibiotic resistance is a growing menace — we must act before it’s too late John McConnell, editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases “…Profligate use of antibiotics has provided the evolutionary driver for bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs. Introduction of every new class of antibiotics has been…

Pharmaceutical Companies Should Play Primary Role In Developing New Antibiotics

Financial Times: Big Pharma must lose its resistance to antibiotic research Anjana Ahuja, science commentator “…[T]he [U.K.’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance] report’s unwritten message: that the curtain must come down on pure profiteering. The industry is being prompted to remember what corporate social responsibility stands for: a duty to shareholders…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For Global Commitment To Improve Women, Children’s Health

U.N. News Centre: Ban kicks off meeting to boost commitment to ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has gathered senior leaders from around the world for a meeting that began [Thursday] in New York on ways to step-up commitments to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents…

Global Leaders, Public Health Experts Look To Bolster Health Systems, Disease Outbreak Response Systems In Ebola’s Wake

GlobalPost GroundTruth: After Ebola, will a pledge to improve health systems be realized? “…[Global leaders] have made an increasing call for ‘health system strengthening’ — the building up of all facets of a health care system, including training medical staff, improving information systems and providing hospitals with adequate equipment and…

ODI Report Examines International Public Financing, Poverty Eradication Goal

Humanosphere: Status quo won’t end extreme poverty by 2030, think tank says Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses findings and recommendations from an Overseas Development Institute report, writing, “The report says that the key to changing the way development is done starts with providing enough money to finance basic social services…

Successful Marketing Of NTDs Garners Attention, Funding Commitments

International Business Times: How Three Scientists ‘Marketed’ Neglected Tropical Diseases And Raised More Than $1 Billion “…[T]hese [17] maladies were largely ignored until three researchers came up with the surprisingly simple idea to ‘market’ them to politicians and private foundations collectively as ‘neglected tropical diseases.’ … This simple strategy –…

Child Malnutrition Strains Malawi’s Development Efforts, Study Says

News outlets report on a study commissioned by the African Union and supported by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa and the World Food Programme describing the effects of malnutrition on Malawi’s development. Agence France-Presse: Malawi pays high price for child hunger “Child malnutrition costs Malawi about $600 million a…