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Syrian Crisis Overshadowing Humanitarian Situations In CAR, DRC, U.N. Official Says

UNICEF Emergencies Director Ted Chaiban “says the dire humanitarian situations in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo are being overshadowed by the crisis in Syria,” VOA News reports. He “was part of an assessment mission to both African countries by the directors of emergencies for seven…

Brookings Institution Hosts Public Release Of 2013 Aid Transparency Index

The Brookings Institution on Thursday hosted the public release of the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — “the only global measure of donors’ aid transparency,” George Ingram, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, reports in the Brookings “Up Front” blog. Ingram examines the importance of making such…

Global Funding For TB R&D Declined Last Year, Report Says

“Funding for research and development [R&D] of new drugs, vaccines and rapid diagnostic methods for [tuberculosis (TB)] declined 4.6 percent in 2012 to $627.4 million after rising annually every year from 2005 to 2011, said [a report from] the Treatment Action Group, a New York-based AIDS research and policy think…

Blogs Examine U.S. Agency, Initiative Rankings In Aid Transparency Index

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” CGD’s Ben Leo, Charles Kenny and Will McKitterick discuss Publish What You Fund’s (PWYF) recently released Aid Transparency Index rankings and present “our own extremely modest scheme for classifying U.S. agencies’ performance into the good, the bad,…

MSF Calls On GAVI To Make ‘Four Key’ Changes

“Several key policy changes are urgently needed at the GAVI Alliance to help reduce the number of children not benefiting from vaccination globally (22.6 million in 2012),” Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) writes in a press release describing “four key areas where changes at GAVI could make an important difference.” Manica…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 28 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on how “the Global Fund is improving the way it approaches treatment programs in countries with high rates of” HIV and TB, highlights a $65 million…

Blogs Examine Report On TB R&D Funding

“The 2013 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends: 2005-2012 presents eight years of funding data” and “finds that after seven years of slow and unsteady increases in funding, TB [research and development (R&D)] investors reported a drop in spending in 2012 that threatens to undermine the tenuous gains made since…

Donors Should Fulfill Global Fund’s Replenishment Appeal

“One of the greatest successes in development aid in the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), writes in a Project…

India Spending Less Than Planned Expenditure For TB Budget

“Confronting a slowing economy and a large budget deficit, India has significantly reduced its planned expenditure on fighting tuberculosis, the airborne disease that kills more adults here than any other infection and has become increasingly more drug resistant, a review of government plans and budgets shows,” the Wall Street Journal’s…