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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,…

U.S. Supreme Court Should End ‘Counterproductive’ Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge

In the Huffington Post’s “Politics” blog, journalist and author John-Manuel Andriote notes the U.S. Supreme Court this month agreed to hear a case challenging the federal anti-prostitution pledge, which requires groups that receive federal funding for overseas HIV/AIDS programs to sign a pledge denouncing prostitution and sex trafficking as a…

U.N. Calls For Additional Funding For Humanitarian Response In Syria

“As fighting continues in Syria’s civil war, the United Nations has said that it will be forced to cut already reduced food rations to hundreds of thousands of refugees unless a huge cash injection is found,” Al Jazeera reports. “About four million Syrians rely on international assistance to cope with…

Germany Commits To Providing 1B Euros To Global Fund Through 2016

“Germany will give one billion euros [$1.3 billion] to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the country’s minister for economic cooperation and development Dirk Niebel said Thursday” during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CNN reports (Chapple, 1/24). Niebel made the announcement at a news conference “also attended by…

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…

International Community Must Harness Funds Needed To Control Infectious Diseases

“I think the most special thing about our current time is the incredible opportunity that scientific advances have provided in the field of global health, giving us the ability to completely control highly dangerous infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines New Senate Committee Members’ Support For Global Health

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog profiles Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), discusses their different committee appointments, and examines their support for global health initiatives. “With chairs hailing from two states that serve as headquarters to global health agenda setters, and…

Continued Investment Needed To Maintain Gains Against Malaria

In this post in Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) “Global Health Impact” blog, Frederick Hartman, the global technical lead for communicable diseases and epidemic preparedness and regional portfolio director, East Africa at the Center for Health Services at MSH, examines advances made in malaria control over the past decade, writing,…

Venture Social Investment ‘Could Be A New Thinking’ In Development Aid

In an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health consultant and founder of the Center for Implementation Efficiency, explores the concept of “venture social investment or VSI,” in which the idea of venture capitalism is used “to reward good ideas or sustainable initiatives by investing…

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