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Ebola Cooperation Helped Thaw Relations Between Cuba, U.S.

Business Insider: The Global Health Threat That Brought The U.S. And Cuba Back Together “…The antiquated conflict between [Cuba and the U.S.] pales in comparison to the global necessity to band together during a crisis and work collaboratively wherever help is needed most…” (Brodwin, 12/18).

Scientists To Resume MERS Research Previously Halted By NIH

NPR: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned “Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October…” (Greenfieldboyce, 12/18).

U.S., Other Donors Should Fully Fund Gavi

Washington Post: A global conspiracy of health Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…[O]ne little-known global institution based in Geneva — Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — supports vaccination for nearly 60 percent of the world’s children. It is a global conspiracy of health. … The Obama administration and other governments are in…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Impacts Of Ebola Epidemic

The Lancet: Ebola: protection of health care workers Editorial Board “…Prevention of Ebola in health-care workers is crucial to improve the health response to all causes of morbidity and mortality in affected countries” (12/27). The Lancet: Offline: Can Ebola be a route to nation-building? Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet…

$100M For NTDs Included In FY15 Spending Bill

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Congress Approves $100 Million for NTD Funding! Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes, “…We were very happy to hear that Congress approved $100 million for NTD funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and…

Health Experts, Officials Discuss Lessons Learned From 2014 Ebola Outbreak

The Atlantic: Lessons From an Outbreak: How Ebola Shaped 2014 “This was the year of the biggest Ebola outbreak of all time. … I asked several experts — health care workers, journalists, and officials — what they’ve taken away from watching the Ebola outbreak unfold this year, and what lessons…

Obama Should Sign Water For The World Act To ‘Improve The Lives Of Millions’

The Hill: Mr. President, sign the Water for the World Act Hugh Evans, chief executive officer of the Global Poverty Project, and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) “…Last week, this bipartisan bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. And on Monday, the Senate passed it by unanimous consent. Now, it’s…

USAID Administrator Shah To Leave Post In February

Associated Press: U.S. international aid head to step down “The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development says he will step down from the post in February. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah has led the agency since 2010…” (12/17). Devex: Rajiv Shah to step down as USAID administrator “…With Shah’s…