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Urgent Need For Multipurpose HIV Prevention, Family Planning Methods Aimed At Women

“High HIV infection rates among women around the world point to an urgent demand for new prevention methods that specifically address women’s health needs,” Bethany Young Holt, the executive director of the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations, a project of the Public Health Institute, and Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, a scientist with the…

DNDi Recognizes 10th Anniversary

The Financial Times profiles the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), which is recognizing its 10th anniversary this month. “DNDi has delivered six treatments for neglected diseases and has 12 ‘new chemical entities’ under development,” the newspaper writes, adding, “At €183 million [$252 million] spent to date, that translates into…

LMICs’ R&D Funding For Neglected Diseases Remains Low, Report Says

“Developing nations’ research and development (R&D) funding for neglected diseases remains low, despite hopes that emerging economies would provide new funding streams, according to a major annual report published [Wednesday],” SciDev.Net reports. “Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) provided only four percent of public funding for such R&D in 2012, the…

G8 Sets 2025 Goal For Dementia Cure; U.K. To Double Funding For Dementia Research

“The developed world has committed itself to a scientific and social onslaught on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia at the G8 Dementia Summit in London,” the Financial Times reports (Cookson, 12/11). “Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on…

Opinion Pieces Respond To WHO World Malaria Report

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing the WHO’s World Malaria Report 2013, released Wednesday. Ray Chambers, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “The big headline is that the fight against malaria has reduced by 50 percent the rate of children dying from malaria, and has saved more than 3.3…

Foreign Assistance Is ‘Smart,’ ‘Right Thing To Do’

“We are living through the greatest improvements in child survival and health in human history, and it is thanks in large part to U.S. poverty-focused development assistance, aka ‘foreign aid,'” Rev. John McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, and Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World,…

CSIS Publication Examines Challenges Ahead For Global Fund

Noting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently secured $12 billion in new pledges at a replenishment conference, J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Katherine Bliss, a senior associate…

Blog Posts Address World Malaria Report 2013

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing the WHO’s World Malaria Report 2013, released Wednesday. John Kerry, State Department’s “DipNote” blog: The report “confirms what many of us have long believed: we’re knocking on the door of doing what many fifteen years ago deemed impossible. The bottom line:…

International Community Must Fill Funding Gap For AIDS, TB, Malaria

Despite “enormous gains made over the past decade to curb three devastating diseases: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … there is still a big gap between what’s been accomplished and what more could be done with sufficient financing,” a New York Times editorial states. The editorial summarizes progress against the diseases,…

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