Boston University (BU) on Monday launched a five-year, $10 million global health initiative that aims to “bolster research and education” and “build a nationwide consortium of universities devoted to improving health in the Third World,” the Boston Globe reports.
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Cuba, Egypt, Iran and Sudan “have mounted a last-minute campaign to delay ratification” by the U.N. general assembly of a new agency, “which would have a budget of around $1 billion and consolidate four existing bodies that deal with women’s issues,” the Guardian reports.
The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) made an international appeal Thursday for $5.2 million to help feed more than half a million people in Malawi through the end of next year, Agence France-Presse reports.
Study Examines How Biotech Firm Partnerships With Developing Nations Can Help Increase Innovation, Revenue
By forging partnerships with developing countries, biotechnology companies from developed countries may be able to stay afloat during the current economic crisis and bolster innovation, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Livemint.com reports.
American Medical News examines the ethical considerations of outsourcing pharmaceutical clinical trials to developing countries. The article highlights how it is less expensive for a drug company to conduct a trial in India, where it runs about $2,000 to track a patient through a trial, compared to the cost in the U.S., which is “10 times more.” The disparities between participants in the two countries in terms of income, education and access to care are “stark” and the playing field “uneven,” writes American Medical News.
Hundreds of non-governmental organizations from around the world gathered for a three-day conference in Berlin last week, where they emphasized the need for broader international support for improving women’s health worldwide — “15 years after the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, where a similar group set goals to improve the sexual health and rights for women, particularly in the developing world,” the Associated Press reports.
Recent Releases: PEPFAR In Zimbabwe; Dengue In Thailand; Blogs On Improving U.S. Foreign Aid; Examining Allocations Of Health Aid
U.S. Optimistic About Zimbabwe Health System Revitalization The U.S. plans to support efforts to develop a sustainable health system in Zimbabwe and increase its capacity to treat people, Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS Coordinator for PEPFAR, said on Wednesday after a visit to the country with USAID and CDC officials,…
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday “appealed for the world to contribute more to improve women’s health and access to contraception,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: Vietnam PEPFAR Funding; Remote Village Health Care; HIV In India; UNICEF Budget; Mapping Drug Shortages
PEPFAR To Continue Funding Projects In Vietnam PEPFAR will continue to fund HIV/AIDS programs in Vietnam, Hoang Thanh Hai, a spokesperson, said on Tuesday at a memorial for 100 people who died as a result of complications from the disease, Bernama reports. “Since 2004, PEPFAR has provided $320 million to…
USA Today reports on its investigation into the salaries of “government-funded non-profit” CEOs who “are paid to deliver U.S. foreign assistance,” which revealed four of the top 10 largest foreign aid contractors made more than a half-million dollars in 2007.