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DfID To Spend $214.5M Over 5 Years On Public-Private Partnerships To Fight Infectious Diseases

The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID) plans to invest £138 million ($214.5 million) over the next five years “with nine public-private partnerships to support development of drugs, vaccines, insecticides, diagnostic tools and microbicides, all to prevent, diagnose or treat disease,” This Is Guernsey reports (8/22). “Diseases to be targeted…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 26 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on recent commitments by the U.S. and U.K., highlights a UNAIDS report showing a decrease in the number of new HIV infections, and discusses how Bangladesh…

U.N., U.S., NGO Health Agencies Launch Action Plan Against TB In Children

“The deaths of more than 74,000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first action plan developed specifically on TB and children, which was launched [Tuesday] by the United Nations health agency in Washington, D.C.,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The ‘Roadmap for…

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Amended PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Act

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday night passed by voice vote an amended version of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, introduced last week by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the committee’s ranking member, the Center for Global…

Blog Examines ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights the “Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis” — released Tuesday by the WHO, Stop TB Partnership, Treatment Action Group, UNICEF, CDC, USAID, and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease — noting the document “lists 10 steps to address the special…

Blog Features Updates From Two Conferences Focused On Infectious Disease Research

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog features “live-blogging” from two events, the ID Week 2013 meeting that took place last week in San Francisco and the AIDS Vaccine 2013 meeting this week in Barcelona, Spain. The blog highlights a presentation on HIV prevention and another on tuberculosis…

Opinion Pieces Address ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’ Report

On Tuesday, the WHO, Stop TB Partnership, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, CDC, USAID, UNICEF, the Treatment Action Group (TAG), and other partners released a report (.pdf), titled “Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths,” which “seeks to outline the activities that need to be implemented to…

Daily Isoniazid Can Prevent TB In HIV Patients, Study Shows

“An inexpensive daily pill can often fend off a lethal bout of tuberculosis [TB] in people with HIV, according to a large new study,” the New York Times reports. “The study, published last week by Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that a daily isoniazid pill reduced deaths and active TB cases…

IRIN Examines MDR-TB In Myanmar

IRIN examines the issue of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Myanmar, writing, “Inadequate detection and treatment are major obstacles and can result in cases of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) such as MDR-TB, say health experts.” According to Peter Paul de Groote, Myanmar’s head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), “Drug-resistant TB…

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