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Donors Must ‘Seize This Opportunity’ To Fully Support The Global Fund

At a recent donor conference in Brussels, Belgium, “the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria presented a compelling case for funding the organization to not only tackle these diseases but also to accelerate gains against them,” a Lancet editorial states, noting, “A needs assessment report by the fund and its partners estimated that $87…

Sustain U.S. Global AIDS Financing To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

“The persistent shortchanging of PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is one of the more significant and perplexing trends in America’s global health policy,” Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push”…

Private Sector Involvement, Measuring Results Are Key To Ending Poverty

Noting two global development goals recently proposed by World Bank President Jim Kim — “to end extreme poverty, with a target reduce the global extreme poverty rate to three percent by 2030” and “to promote shared prosperity, fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population in every country”…

400 Scientists From 80 Countries Sign Scientific Declaration On Polio Eradication

“Around 400 scientists from 80 countries have come together to declare that polio could be wiped off the face of the Earth in five years if plans to eliminate both wild and vaccine-derived polioviruses are implemented,” SciDev.Net reports (Malhotra, 4/11). “The plan, launched [last week] by the Global Polio Eradication…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

Rally For Medical Research Supports Continued Funding For NIH, Other R&D

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes the Rally for Medical Research that took place on Monday in Washington, D.C. An estimated 8,000 survivors and activists participated, showing support for medical research funding, including money that is slated to be cut from the federal budget under the so-called…

Development Advocates Urge Congress To Protect Global Health Funding, Blog Reports

“Earlier this week, the [Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC)] and other global health and international development advocates called on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee to fully fund key programs in the foreign affairs budget,” Ashley Bennett, the GHTC’s policy officer, writes in the coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog. “Advocates…

IRIN Interview Examines Implementation Of Financial Transaction Tax In Mozambique

Noting “Mozambique has become the latest African country to implement a financial transaction tax (FTT) and airplane levy to fund health services in developing countries, part of the UNITAID initiative,” IRIN interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy, board chair of the international financing mechanism, “about the state of play in innovative health financing.” According to…

WHO, Global Fund Call For Additional $1.6M A Year To Fight TB In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

“Low and middle-income countries need an additional $1.6 billion a year to fight tuberculosis [TB], threatening progress made against the world’s second-deadliest infectious disease,” the WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said in a joint statement released Monday, Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 3/18). “The projection … underscores the deepening epidemic…

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