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Sierra Leone Charges 29 Government Health Officials With Defrauding GAVI Alliance

“The head of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission says that 29 government health officials will appear in court on corruption charges for having allegedly defrauded” the GAVI Alliance, the Associated Press reports. “Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara told the Associated Press that the government’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kisito Sheku Daoh, six other medical doctors…

PEPFAR Should Consider Performance-Based Financing

“The recent IOM evaluation of PEPFAR made clear that a key challenge for the program moving forward will be to get country governments to effectively assume primary responsibility of AIDS programs in their countries, both in terms of finances and ‘leadership,'” Victoria Fan and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development…

Examining Sequestration’s Effects On Global Health Spending

“Although we’re several days into sequestration, details about the full impact of funding cuts are still hazy,” Kim Lufkin, communications officer of the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), writes in the group’s “Breakthroughs” blog, noting, “On [March 1], the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report [.pdf] to Congress, which…

U.S. Global Health Investments Must Continue

“A decade ago, as I was beginning my time as Senate majority leader, bipartisan consensus in Washington helped launch a new era of progress in global health just when it was sorely needed,” former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) writes in a Roll Call opinion piece. “U.S. leadership at the Global Fund…

International Community Urged To Disburse Pledged Funds To Help Yemen

“The international community has been urged to follow Saudi Arabia’s example by releasing funds pledged to help Yemen address its growing humanitarian crisis and economic, social and security challenges,” the Guardian reports. “Donors pledged more than $7.5 billion to Yemen last year, with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion commitment the largest by a distance,” the…

‘Strong’ FY14 Budget Request For Global Fund Can Ensure Investment Returns

Amanda Glassman and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development (CGD) write in the CGD’s “Global Health Policy” blog about “the tough trade-offs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must be considering as they finalize the president’s FY14 budget request to Congress, expected to be released in mid-March.”…

New Funding Model Will Help Global Fund Grow, Learn, Help More People

“At the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria], we launched a new funding model this week that is built to capitalize on open interaction and information flow,” Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, adding, “With more open dialogue between cooperative partners,…

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops 1M; U.N. Says More Assistance Needed

“The relentless exodus of Syrians fleeing two years of increasingly violent conflict pushed the number of refugees in neighboring countries past the million mark on Wednesday, the United Nations Refugee Agency said, warning that resources for helping them are dangerously thin,” the New York Times reports (Cumming-Bruce, 3/6). “We are doing everything…

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