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New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 37 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on Rwanda’s advancements in public health as well as one on Belarus’ efforts to address TB. The issue also discusses core features of the…

U.S. Launches Global Health Security Agenda, Partners With 26 Countries

News outlets report on the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, a 26-nation partnership to better detect and prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Associated Press: U.S., 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks “The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious…

EurActiv Interviews WHO Expert About Progress Against NTDs

EurActiv: Funding for ‘neglected’ tropical diseases goes from ‘rags to riches’ “Dengue fever, chikungunya and other ‘neglected tropical diseases’ have attracted growing media attention — and international funding — as global warming helped them spread to Europe. But money isn’t everything, especially for deprived populations in Africa’s remote regions that…

USAID Awards Science And Technology Pioneers Prize To South African HIV Trial

SAnews.gov.za: South African HIV/AIDS trial scoops USAID award “The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) 004 Tenofovir gel trial was … announced as the winner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize. … The CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir gel…

Liberian Officials Aim To Stop Counterfeit Drug Sales

IRIN: Counterfeit drug war in Liberia “Liberia’s Ministry of Health is launching a major crackdown on counterfeit drug sellers throughout the country, but Liberians say they have no choice but to buy such drugs, given their low cost and availability even in rural areas…” (1/29).

Uganda Plans To Expand AIDS Efforts

Agence France-Presse: Uganda plans drug boost for AIDS fight “Uganda’s government is planning to double expenditure on antiretroviral drugs in an effort to reverse a worsening trend in HIV infections, a senior health official said Thursday. … The new policy is expected to cost about 120 million dollars (90 million…

USAID Fact Sheet Outlines Uses Of U.S. Aid In Philippines

United Press International: U.S. commits $86.7M to assist Philippines “The United States government pledged $86.7 million dollars in USAID and Defense Department funds for 2014 assistance to the Philippines as the country recovers from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. According to a USAID fact sheet released January 24, the largest…

More Money, Political Will Needed To Collect Better Development Data

The Guardian: Development data: how accurate are the figures? Claire Melamed, head of the growth and equity program at the Overseas Development Institute “…The call, in the post-2015 high-level panel report for a ‘data revolution’ has created big buzz among researchers, NGOs, and others at the geekier end of the…

Kenya’s First Lady Launches ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’

A UNAIDS feature story examines First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta’s launch of “the ‘Beyond Zero campaign’ [which] is part of the initiatives outlined in the Strategic Framework for the engagement of the First Lady in HIV control and promotion of maternal, newborn and child health in Kenya that was…

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Budget Analysis Of FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act

The Kaiser Family Foundation on Friday released a new budget analysis that reviews the FY 2014 omnibus appropriations act signed on January 17, 2014. Although global health funding represents less than one percent of the overall federal budget, the omnibus “provides the highest historical level (approximately $9.1 billion) of U.S.…

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