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World Bank Announces $200M For New Sahel Project To Improve Maternal, Reproductive Health

“Responding to Niger’s ‘Call to Action’ for improvements in women’s reproductive health and girls’ education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged [Wednesday] to strongly support the initiative and to invest $200 million in a new regional project aimed at improving the regional…

GHTC Releases Fact Sheet On U.S. Government Investment In Global Health R&D

On Tuesday, the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) published “a new fact sheet [.pdf] outlining the important contributions the U.S. government has made to global health [research and development (R&D)] and why it’s critical the United States continues to robustly support the global health research pipeline,” Nick Taylor, GHTC’s senior…

Donor Organizations, Nations Must Improve Transparency

“[W]hile it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding [developing countries,] wealthy nations and aid organizations to account,” Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and secretary general…

Myanmar Clinic Operations Threatened As Australia Plans To Withdraw Funding, Devex Reports

Devex examines how “the Australian government’s decision to cut the foreign aid budget and integrate AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade” is threatening to close “the award-winning Mae Tao Clinic on the Myanmar-Thailand border, established in 1989 to provide health services to thousands of refugees … if…

World Bank, E.U. Pledge $8.25B To Boost Economic Growth In Sahel

“The World Bank and the European Union are pledging $8.25 billion to boost economic growth and fight poverty in Africa’s Sahel region,” according to an announcement made on Monday during a trip to the region by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the Associated Press/Washington…

Devex Interviews Afghanistan’s Public Health Minister

“The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction [SIGAR] is not sure the country’s ministries are ready to receive direct U.S. government funding,” Devex reports. “But Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s public health minister, says SIGAR should recognize their progress and be more open to the idea, after the watchdog released…

Expert Cautious Over Global Fund’s New TB/HIV Funding Strategy, Devex Reports

“Groups advocating for [tuberculosis (TB)] elimination are hailing a new Global Fund proposed strategy that could raise coverage of the disease’s treatment, but an [unnamed] expert warns it entails some risks,” Devex reports. The recommendation — “that countries with high TB and HIV co-infection applying for Global Fund support only…

Restaurant Creates Bond To Fund Malaria Prevention, Treatment In Mozambique

“Nando’s, the restaurant chain popular for its peri-peri chicken, recently announced a partnership creating the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond, a development impact bond to fund malaria reduction efforts in Mozambique,” Devex Impact reports. “D. Capital, Dalberg’s impact investing arm, helped Nando’s create the model for the first social impact bond…

U.S. Should Continue, Expand TB Technical Assistance

“Through [USAID], the [CDC], and [PEPFAR], the U.S. provides either directly or indirectly more than 70 percent of external technical assistance provided to national TB programs, according to WHO estimates. The U.S. also is a major supporter of the Global Fund, pledging nearly a third of the organization’s funding since…

Sachs Discusses Efforts To Replenish Global Fund

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides highlights of a meeting hosted by the Friends of the Global Fight on Wednesday, where Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), spoke about…

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