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Responsibility Of Replenishing Global Fund Must Be Shared By Wealthy, Developing Countries

“The Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] is asking for $15 billion for the next three years, of which the U.S. is asked to contribute $5 billion,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health specialist, writes in The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” “So far, the U.K., France, Japan, Germany, Scandinavian countries,…

New York Times Reports On Global Fund’s Suspension Of Contracts With Bednet Suppliers

The New York Times reports on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s suspension of contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after discovering the companies had “paid bribes to health officials in Cambodia.” The newspaper notes, “Although the suspensions raise the possibility that the world will…

Merck To Expand Its Maternal Health Program Begun In Developing Countries To U.S.

“Merck & Co on Tuesday said it is expanding its ‘Merck for Mothers’ program, which aims to reduce pregnancy-related deaths from impoverished countries such as Senegal and Zambia, to the United States — a stark reminder of how far the country lags other wealthy nations on key measures of health,”…

President Obama Should Take Two Actions To Advance AIDS-Free Generation Goal

“We are making historic progress against HIV/AIDS … [y]et AIDS remains the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chair of endgame, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal…

To Continue Progress, African Leaders Must Boost Domestic Health Funding

“In the last 10 years, Africa has transformed itself from the stereotype of a dark continent of death, disease and destruction to one of triumph and growth,” Mustapha Kaloko, commissioner for social affairs for the African Union Commission, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “Today, according to IMF…

U.S. Investment In Family Planning Provides ‘Social, Economic, Political Benefits’

Noting the recently concluded third annual International Conference on Family Planning, Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), writes in the CFR “Development Channel” blog, “This week’s meeting in Ethiopia underscores the…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Urge U.S. To Invest In Global Fund

The following editorial and opinion piece address U.S. funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is holding its replenishment meeting in Washington, D.C., in December and aiming to raise an additional $15 billion over the next three years. Eugene Register-Guard: “The United States should set…

Examining Need For Investment In Global Health Workforce

Noting the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health took place this week in Recife, Brazil, “where countries and organizations presented their commitments to strengthening the health workforce,” Sarah Dwyer, communications manager at IntraHealth International, examines in the organization’s blog the need to invest in the global health workforce.…

Global Fund Suspends Contracts With 2 Mosquito Net Suppliers After Financial Wrongdoing

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday it had suspended contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after uncovering serious financial wrongdoing in Cambodia,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The move followed a probe by Global Fund inspectors into claims of corruption at the suppliers, Swiss-based Vestergaard…

U.N., Partners Intensify Humanitarian Aid Efforts In Philippines Amid Logistical Challenges

“As the magnitude of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan unfolds in the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners are mounting a massive humanitarian operation, battling heavy rains, blocked roads and damaged airstrips and seaports to reach millions across the region desperate for food, water and other basic necessities,”…

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