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Leveraging Innovative Financing Mechanisms For Global Health R&D

“Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health [research and development (R&D)] funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden,” Trevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in…

Nature Medicine Examines Impact Of Potential Budget Cuts On TB Research

Nature Medicine examines how U.S. federal spending cuts, known as sequestration, might affect tuberculosis (TB) research, focusing on the “Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC), a research nexus based in Atlanta that conducts tuberculosis clinical trials across nine countries in collaboration with the U.S. government, non-profits and drug companies.” The news service…

India Moving Forward With National Food Security Law

“India has decided to introduce one of the most ambitious food aid programs ever attempted, adding the right to food to others enshrined in Indian law such as free speech and equality of all citizens,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh … pushed through…

World Bank Announces $700M Bond Issuance For GAVI Alliance Immunization Programs

“Millions of children in the world’s poorest countries stand to benefit from a $700 million bond issue, whose proceeds will help fund immunization programs by the GAVI Alliance,” a World Bank press release reports. “The transaction — with buyers on five continents — was by far the largest by the…

Americans Can Afford To Invest More In Global Health

“Based on the costs associated with various health commodities and programs, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has estimated that the average U.S. taxpayer’s global health contribution” — about $14 — “enables the delivery of HIV/AIDS treatment for one person for two and a half weeks, or malaria treatment for…

UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Addresses AIDS Response, Global Health Issues

“Strategic challenges for the future of the AIDS response and global health were discussed at the first meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: From AIDS to Sustainable Health, which was held in Lilongwe, Malawi, from June 28-29, 2013,” a UNAIDS press release reports. “Three main issues were debated during…

Bush Administration AIDS Policies ‘Overshadowing’ Obama’s Tour Of Sub-Saharan Africa, Washington Post Reports

The Washington Post examines how a focus on policies implemented under President George W. Bush — specifically PEPFAR — are “overshadowing” President Obama’s current three-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa, writing, “Obama has been widely applauded for distinguishing himself from Bush’s policies, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan,” but “across this continent,…

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