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Measuring Cost-Effectiveness Of New Medical Technologies

To decide whether a new medical technology is cost effective, researchers often “compar[e] a new technology’s incremental cost-effectiveness ratio or ICER to a threshold that is some multiple of a country or income group’s GDP per capita, per WHO convention,” Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior…

U.S. Foreign Aid Is ‘Good Value’

“Unfortunately, most Americans don’t realize what a good value our foreign assistance efforts are,” and “[m]ost would be surprised to learn that foreign aid amounts to only about one percent of the federal budget,” Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, writes in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece. She…

Researchers, Organizations Urge Secretary Of State Kerry To Support AIDS Funding

“Saying they are ‘gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] fail to provide adequate resources,’ researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State…

Will Secretary Kerry Influence The White House AIDS Budget?

As John Kerry begins his role as Secretary of State, “some very important decisions will be being made, including the budget for the coming year for key development programs. Will Secretary Kerry fix the administration’s AIDS budget problem?” AIDS and human rights activist Matthew Kavanagh writes in the Huffington Post…

MSF Claims Aid For Vaccines Subsidizing Pharmaceutical Companies, Guardian Reports

“Large sums of public money intended to ensure children in the developing world are immunized against disease are effectively being used to subsidize Big Pharma, doctors working in the field claim,” the Guardian reports. “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) … says vaccines bought with U.K. and other donor governments’ money cost too much…

Blog Examines Global Malaria Funding

In a post in his “Malaria Matters” blog, Bill Brieger, a professor in the health systems program of the department of international health at Johns Hopkins University, examines donor funding for global health and asks whether funding for malaria has hit a plateau. “For malaria we are likely to be…

International Community Pledges $1.5B In Aid For Syria At U.N. Fundraising Conference

“In the largest ever fundraising conference in U.N. history, the international community pledged [Wednesday] more than $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid for the people of Syria,” IRIN reports. Noting the conference was hosted by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, foreign minister of Kuwait, the news service writes, “The largest donors…

Global Fund Observer Reports On New Funding Model Progress

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on Tuesday published Issue 208 (.pdf) of its “Global Fund Observer.” Among others, the issue contains two stories on the new funding model (NFM), which, according to the first article, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,…

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