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Opinion Pieces Published in Recognition Of World Malaria Day

Wednesday is World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme is “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Financial Times: “We have witnessed with malaria that a great deal can occur in…

Sustained Funding For Malaria Efforts Needed To Maintain Momentum

“When in the year 2000 African leaders first decided to put a Malaria Day on the calendar of the world, the ravages of malaria were barely visible to global decision-makers in prosperous countries,” Fatoumata Nafo-Traor, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and a former minister of health…

Three Steps To Eliminating NTDs

In a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) editor-in-chief Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, reviews progress being made…

UNITAID, Medicines Patent Pool Work To Improve Access To Medicines In Developing World

Devex features a sponsored interview with Dennis Broun, executive director of UNITAID, which uses innovative financing and “its understanding of how to address market shortcomings to improve access to quality-assured treatment and diagnostics for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in low-income countries.” Broun discusses innovations in global health financing, lessons…

Blog Posts Address Goal Of Universal Immunization

World Immunization Week (April 21-28) aims to raise awareness that immunizations avert two to three million deaths annually, but an estimated 22 million infants are not fully immunized with routine vaccines. The following blog posts address childhood immunizations. Seth Berkley, Project Syndicate: “[B]y avoiding illness, infants have a greater chance…

Report Urges Targeted Investment For Childhood Micronutrient Supplementation

Noting “[t]his week leaders from around the world convened in Ireland for the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice,” Kanika Bahl, a managing director at Results for Development Institute (R4D), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “A new report from [R4D] calls on the global…

State Department Hosts Online Discussions On Foreign Aid, HIV/AIDS

Richard Buangan, director of digital engagement at the U.S. State Department, notes in the agency’s “DipNote” blog that Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a Google+ hangout on Friday, April 19, at 1:15 pm EDT. “The live online conversation, ‘The U.S. In the World: What’s In It for Us?,’ will…

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…

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