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Gates Foundation Pledges $5.7M Toward Ebola Treatment Trials

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s pledge of $5.7 million to test experimental Ebola treatments in West Africa. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: $5.7m pledged for blood plasma trials “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a program to increase production of experimental Ebola…

ONE Launches ‘Ebola Response Tracker’

ONE: Ebola Response Tracker ONE launches an interactive infographic capturing donor aid for the Ebola response in West Africa (11/18).

Opinion Pieces Examine U.S., Global Ebola Efforts, Ability To Respond To Future Epidemics

Project Syndicate: Ebola and Beyond Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University “…The West African Ebola epidemic should inspire a course correction on international health policy, reinforcing the need for rapid-response tools and strong health care infrastructure. Establishing frameworks to provide scalable, sustainable funding to achieve these…

Congress Must Pledge Support To Gavi To Save Children’s Lives

New York Times: Death Without Regrets Bob Dickerson, volunteer with RESULTS “…[Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] has a plan to save more than five million kids’ lives in the years ahead — many from things as basic as pneumonia and diarrhea. But Gavi needs the funding to do it. We must…

South Africa To Spend $2.2B Over 2 Years On HIV Antiretrovirals

Reuters: South Africa to spend $2.2 billion on HIV drugs in next two years “South Africa plans to spend $2.2 billion over two years to buy HIV/AIDS drugs for public hospitals, a government minister said on Monday, as a study shows the prevalence of the virus is rising…” (Motsoenen, 11/17).

Humanitarian Aid Workers Fear Corruption, Terrorist Prosecution In Somalia, Expert Says

Reuters: Terrorism fears cripple rotten aid system in hungry Somalia — expert “Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is ‘rotten’ and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said…” (Migiro, 11/17).

Government Partnerships With Private Foundations Become Critical In Ebola Response

Washington Post: In Ebola fight, private foundations provide critical financial aid “…The unpredictable nature of the Ebola virus has made the government’s partnerships with private donors critically important in the crisis response. Working outside the politically charged federal appropriations process and the sometimes sluggish bureaucracy, foundations and private individuals have…

U.S. Pledges $3B To International Climate Fund For Developing Countries

News outlets report on President Obama’s pledge of $3 billion to the United Nations Green Climate Fund while at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Los Angeles Times: Obama to pledge $3 billion in climate aid for developing countries “President Obama will pledge $3 billion to an international climate fund…