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India To Host Child, Maternal Health Summit At Month’s End, Health Ministry Announces

EH News Bureau/Financial Express: India to host ‘CALL TO ACTION SUMMIT 2015 — ending preventable child and maternal deaths’ “…The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that India will host the global ‘CALL TO ACTION SUMMIT 2015 — ending preventable child and maternal deaths,’ on August 27 — 28,…

FDA To Add Chagas, Neurocysticercosis To NTD Priority Review List

The Hill: New regs for Thursday: Tropical diseases and student loans “…The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding Chagas disease and neurocysticercosis to the list of designated tropical diseases. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the agency gives priority reviews to products that treat tropical diseases…” (Wheeler,…

USAID, State Department Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

USAID’s “Impact”: World Humanitarian Day: Protracted Mega-crises Require New Solutions to Save Lives On World Humanitarian Day, Jeremy Konyndyk, director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, discusses several persistent humanitarian emergencies, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Syrian crisis, among others, and notes the upcoming…

Policymakers Should Heed Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic

Council on Foreign Relations: Ebola: What Happened John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at CFR, discusses Laurie Garrett’s recent Foreign Affairs essay on Ebola, writing the piece is “essential reading. … Laurie Garrett steps back to understand the course of the Ebola epidemic and the…

U.N. Should Prioritize Mental Health Efforts In SDGs

The Hill: Want a safer, more prosperous world? Invest in mental health Kathleen M. Pike, executive director and scientific co-director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University “…[T]he U.N. needs to recognize that untreated mental health problems increase risk for other illnesses and even decrease life expectancy. If…

USAID Works To Improve Young People’s Access To Reproductive Health, Family Planning Services

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Ellen Starbird, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, discusses the agency’s efforts to improve youth’s access to family planning and reproductive health services. “…When we support young people’s aspirations and engage them in…

amfAR Database Features Information On PEPFAR Country, Regional Operational Plans, Funding

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: New site details how PEPFAR funding is spent Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, highlights a new database from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, which “featur[es] a navigable database of PEPFAR country and regional operational plans…