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Better Funding Needed For WHO Prequalification Of Medicines Program, Experts Say

The Guardian: Better funding call for vital drug approval program In her Global Health Blog for The Guardian, Sarah Boseley discusses a recently published article examining “[t]he prequalification of medicines program (PQP) of the WHO, launched in 2001, [which] was set up to assess the quality of the generic medicines…

Donors Pledge $2.4B In Humanitarian Aid For Syrians; U.N. Says $6.5B Needed

News outlets report on the outcome of a one-day donor pledging conference for humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and neighboring countries. Agence France-Presse/Khaleej Times: Donors pledge nearly $1.3 billion at Syria meeting “Donors meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday [by midday] pledged nearly $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for victims of…

Kaiser Family Foundation Maps Donor Landscape In Family Planning, Reproductive Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation on Thursday released a new report that examines the donor landscape for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) in countries around the globe. The fourth and final report in a series of analyses examining donor involvement in addressing different global health challenges finds that 147 countries…

Millennium Villages Project ‘Expanding Rapidly,’ Sachs Says In Devex Interview

Devex: ‘In 23 countries in Africa and expanding rapidly’ Raj Kumar, president of Devex, writes about his conversation with Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). Sachs says, “[Y]ou’ve got to appreciate that [MVP] is in 23 countries in Africa and…

Liberian President Launches Pneumonia Vaccination Campaign

Two news outlets report on the launch of Liberia’s pneumonia vaccination campaign, which aims to reduce the country’s infant mortality rate. Deutsche Welle: Cutting child deaths from pneumonia in Liberia “…The vaccination campaign was launched in Monrovia by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on January 9, 2014. Meanwhile health officials…

Congress Releases FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Including Global Health Program Funding

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on Monday announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (HR 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. Washington Post: Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise “Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday…

GlobalPost Examines U.S. Spending In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

GlobalPost: Four years after the Haiti earthquake, what have billions in U.S. aid bought? “In the four years since Haiti’s disastrous earthquake, the United States has promised $3.6 billion in aid, at least $2.8 billion of which has already been spent. Has it helped? GlobalPost examined more than one dozen…

Methadone, Clean-Needle Programs Help HIV Prevention Efforts In Ukraine

Bloomberg News: Methadone Clinics Help Ukraine Succeed on HIV Prevention “Ukraine is checking the spread of HIV for the first time in more than a decade by handing out methadone and clean needles to drug users, measures long embraced in the U.S. yet still opposed in neighboring Russia…” (Bennett, 1/14).

WFP Concerned Over Cuts To Food Aid In Zimbabwe

News outlets report on the World Food Programme’s (WFP) food aid cuts due to lack of funding. Reuters: WFP forced to cut food aid to 1 million Zimbabweans “A million Zimbabweans benefiting from United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid are facing hunger due to a lack of funding that…

Consortium To Track Aid Spending Data From Public, Government Sources

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at CGD, and Yuna Sakuma, a CGD research assistant, write about the AidData Research Consortium (ARC), a research collaborative based at William & Mary, that “will compile sub-national…

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