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Australian Government Commits $358M In Aid To Asia-Pacific Region For Attainment Of 3 MDGs

“The Australian government has committed A$390.9 million (around $358 million) through its AusAID program to help countries in the Asia-Pacific region attain three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — poverty and hunger, universal education and maternal health,” SciDev.Net reports. “The aid, spread over four years, will finance nutrient supplements and supplementary…

Study Examines Potential Impact Of PEPFAR Funding On TB Incidence, Mortality

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a study published last week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that compared data from 12 PEPFAR focus countries with data from 29 control countries to examine the potential impact of PEPFAR funding on the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in…

IRIN Examines Innovation, Adaptation For Humanitarian Response

As part of its series titled “Humanitarian Futures,” IRIN examines how humanitarian response programs are changing in light of technological innovation, as well as a host of emerging risks including climate change, global population growth and a population shift toward urban centers. Because “donors, local [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], citizens groups,…

‘Time Is Right’ To Address Viral Hepatitis

With the number of deaths worldwide caused by viral hepatitis comparable to the numbers caused by HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), “it is clear that a major cause of global mortality has been consistently overlooked and neglected,” Charles Gore, president of World Hepatitis Alliance, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development…

Price Reduction Agreement For Cytomegalovirus Might Help Improve Screening, Awareness

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes “an agreement [.pdf] announced this week between the Medicines Patent Pool and Roche, the maker of the oral drug valganciclovir, which treats cytomegalovirus retinitis,” an infection common among people living with HIV, particularly in Asian countries. “The agreement, signed in…

Experts Discuss Future Of PEPFAR, Potential For Reauthorization

While “experts agree” the “chances of [PEPFAR] being reauthorized is slim,” they also “say that Congress does not need to reauthorize the program,” CQ Online News reports. Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, “said reauthorization is not imperative as long…

U.S. To Send Additional $195M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 8/7). “A statement from Obama marking Eid…

World Bank President Kim Aims To Have Broad Development Impact

Bloomberg profiles World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and his “fantasy” of replicating the small-scale success of treating tuberculosis patients in Peru he experienced when he was with Partners In Health on a larger scale with the World Bank. “Leaning on the field work of his past, he’s trying to…

Finding Balance In NGOs’ Public Health Contributions In Asia

Writing in the East-West Center’s “Asia Pacific Bulletin,” (.pdf) Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, “In Asia, the capacity of [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] to contribute to public health, both within individual countries and at the regional level, has steadily expanded,” and…

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