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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…

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…

IHME Report Examines Global Health Funding

“Global health funding barely grew last year,” according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research unit at the University of Washington in Seattle, Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 2/6). “Although it’s too early to say exactly how much money countries donated to global health in 2011 and 2012,…

E.U. Budget Effectively Freezes Aid Budget At Current Levels

“A promised European Union investment budget to modernize the recession-hit economy is set to be scaled back in a bonfire of competing national demands,” Bloomberg reports (Neuger, 2/7). “After tense negotiations in Brussels, European leaders reached a historic budget-cutting deal on Friday — but appeared to have spared foreign aid,” Devex’s “The…

Chagas Disease Costs $7B Annually Worldwide, According To Study

Chagas disease, transmitted by a bloodsucking insect that bites the face and lips, “costs the world about $7 billion annually, says [an] analysis just published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “That’s more than the global cost of cervical cancer or cholera,” the blog notes, adding, “Most Chagas cases…

Gates Foundation Blog Discusses E.U. Budget Deal

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Joe Cerrell, director of the foundation’s Europe office, reports on deliberations by the E.U. on Friday on a “budget deal that would show deep cuts to life-saving aid for the world’s poorest.” He writes, “European governments are facing some very difficult…

Reviewing The IHME ‘Financing Global Health 2012′ Report

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, reviews the recently released 2012 edition of “Financing Global Health” by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. She writes that the top line message from the report…

Haiti Launches $2.2B, 10-Year Plan To Eradicate Cholera

“The Haitian government’s $2.2 billion, 10-year plan to eradicate cholera was launched on Wednesday against the backdrop of the U.N.’s rejection of a legal claim from more than 5,000 victims” that sought compensation for the cholera epidemic, which “has killed more than 8,000 people and infected nearly 648,000” and is thought to…

Blog Examines Future Of European Union Aid

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Elisa Baldini, an advocacy and campaigns officer with Plan E.U., examines the future of European Union aid, writing, “Last week, European Union leaders came together for a decisive summit to discuss how much they think the E.U. should spend…