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Blogs Address World Malaria Day

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. Caroline Espinosa, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition blog: “The combined efforts by governments, NGOs, and business all around the world have led to more than a 25 percent drop in malaria mortality rates,” Espinosa,…

Bill Gates Seeks Additional $1.5B In Donations For Polio Eradication Efforts

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is seeking a further $1.5 billion in donations to wipe out polio by 2018 and make it the first infectious disease eradicated since smallpox was wiped from the planet in 1979,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The billionaire, who is contributing about…

U.N. Urges Sustained Support For Prevention, Treatment Activities On World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day (April 25), the U.N. “warned … that malaria maintains its impact on less developed countries, mainly in Africa, where millions of people lack needed attention,” and in a message marking the day, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “urged political leaders and health authorities of states where malaria…

GlobalPost Examines Implications Of U.S. Budget Negotiations On Global Health Spending

In the first article in a special report titled “The Seven Million,” which looks at “the many challenges faced worldwide in an effort to reduce child mortality” and is “supported through a partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation,” GlobalPost examines the implications of U.S. budget negotiations on global health spending.…

Opinion Pieces Published in Recognition Of World Malaria Day

Wednesday is World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme is “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Financial Times: “We have witnessed with malaria that a great deal can occur in…

Sustained Funding For Malaria Efforts Needed To Maintain Momentum

“When in the year 2000 African leaders first decided to put a Malaria Day on the calendar of the world, the ravages of malaria were barely visible to global decision-makers in prosperous countries,” Fatoumata Nafo-Traor, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and a former minister of health…

Three Steps To Eliminating NTDs

In a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) editor-in-chief Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, reviews progress being made…

UNITAID, Medicines Patent Pool Work To Improve Access To Medicines In Developing World

Devex features a sponsored interview with Dennis Broun, executive director of UNITAID, which uses innovative financing and “its understanding of how to address market shortcomings to improve access to quality-assured treatment and diagnostics for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in low-income countries.” Broun discusses innovations in global health financing, lessons…

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