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UNITAID Director Urges Japan To Implement Levies To Support Organization

Denis Broun, executive director of UNITAID, on Tuesday urged Japan “to introduce a so-called ‘solidarity levy,’ such as a small tax on airline ticket purchases,” to help support the organization’s goal of improving “access in low-income countries to diagnostics and treatments for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,” Kyodo News International/GlobalPost reports.…

The Guardian Examines Guatemala’s Plan To Reduce Child Malnutrition

“According to the World Bank, Guatemala has the third-highest rate of chronic malnutrition, or stunted growth,” in the world, The Guardian reports. However, “[r]educing malnutrition is a priority for the government,” the newspaper states, noting a recent visit by Guatemala Vice President Roxana Baldetti to Pamumus, a village outside Guatemala…

CDC Working To Eradicate Polio Amid Partial Government Shutdown

Noting how the U.S. government’s partial shutdown is affecting the CDC — closing eight of 10 global disease detection centers worldwide — Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson writes in an opinion piece, “Fortunately, the CDC’s polio eradication effort has been largely exempted from the shutdown.” He continues, “It is part…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 27 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue includes an article on accessing health care in rural Tanzania; a piece on the Board of the Global Fund’s approval of “recommendations from its Strategy Investment and…

Blog Examines Global Fund Replenishment, Accomplishments, Other Issues

“Donors and health advocates may have struck Global Fund gold last week,” Ben Leo, director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the organization’s “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance” blog. Noting recent pledges to the Global Fund to…

Media Outlets Examine How U.S. Government Shutdown Affecting Health, Science Agencies

The government shutdown “doesn’t mean that the entire government closes,” Science reports, adding, “It was largely business as usual at agencies deemed essential for public safety and national security, for instance, including the departments of Justice and Homeland Security … [b]ut research agencies were hit hard.” For example, “At the…

Blog Examines Impact Of Government Shutdown On Global Health R&D

In a guest post on the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, “Jenny Howell — senior policy and advocacy associate at PATH working with the GHTC — writes about how the government shutdown and budget negotiations in Congress will impact global health research and development (R&D) programs across the…

Argentina’s Incentive-Based Health Program Shows Positive Results

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the CGD, and Kate McQueston, a program coordinator to the global health policy team, examine Argentina’s “innovative results-based financing program between its federal and provincial authorities…

End Of AIDS Within Reach With Sustained, Increased Investment

“A decade ago, the notion of beginning to end the [AIDS] epidemic was a dream. Now it has the possibility of becoming a reality,” Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, write in the…

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