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News Outlets Examine Global Health, R&D Aspects Of President’s FY17 Budget Request

The Atlantic: What Is the Point of Joe Biden’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’? “No one doubts the sincerity of Vice President Joe Biden’s ‘cancer moonshot’ initiative. But is the plan even really a ‘moonshot’? … Whether Biden can really do as much to break down the barriers between academic disciplines, between different…

Brazil, University Of Texas Sign Agreement To Develop Zika Vaccine

Associated Press: Brazil, Texas state hospital reach deal on Zika vaccine “Brazil has signed an agreement with a Texas research hospital to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country’s health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response To Syrian Conflict

Devex: Syria not just a humanitarian crisis, but a development one too Paige Alexander, assistant administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East at USAID, and Thomas H. Staal, senior deputy assistant administrator at USAID “…The U.S. government is leading the humanitarian response inside Syria — and even as we…

GHTC Blog Posts Discuss Global Health R&D Funding In President’s FY17 Budget Request

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Global health R&D in the President’s FY17 budget request Courtney Carson, GHTC’s senior policy and advocacy associate, examines global health research and development (R&D) aspects of President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request (2/11). Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Ebola funding boost hides ongoing decline in…

U.S. Working To End FGM/C

Council on Foreign Relations’s “Women Around the World”: Three Ways the United States Is Working to End FGM/C In this guest post, Cathy Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State, discusses findings from a recently released UNICEF report on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and describes…

WHO, CDC, Other Scientists Continue Research Into Possible Causal Link Between Zika, Microcephaly

CIDRAP News: WHO addresses Zika fears as more microcephaly findings surface “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] released a comprehensive backgrounder on Zika virus issues related to childbearing-age women, covering reports of sexual transmission and contraception resources, as researchers promised open data sharing and reported new Zika-related microcephaly findings…” (Schnirring,…

Obstacles Remain To Abortion, Contraception Access For Latin American Women Affected By Zika

Huffington Post: GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries “Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. ‘This…