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Gates Asserts That Philanthropy, Progress Depend On Innovation

News outlets report on comments by Bill Gates at events in Washington, D.C., this week. The Atlantic: Bill Gates: ‘The Idea That Innovation Is Slowing Down Is … Stupid’ “Bill Gates is aware that there’s a lot of gridlock in Washington. He’s just not sure it matters all that much…

Flat Funding Of U.S. Science Research Likely To Continue

Nature: Don’t hide the decline President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal “leaves the budgets of major scientific funders, such as the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the research efforts at the Department of Energy, essentially flat. … Meanwhile, the economic strain on…

MCC CEO Speaks To Devex About Integrating Gender Equality Into Programs

Devex: How to mainstream gender in foreign aid: Lessons from MCC “When the Millennium Challenge Corp. looks at constraints to economic growth within a partner country, one of the most important considerations is whether women and men have access to the same tools for building their economies. MCC’s CEO Daniel…

President’s Proposed FY15 Budget Falls Short On HIV Efforts, AIDS Groups Say

Media outlets discuss comments made on Tuesday at a press briefing examining President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal and its potential impact on HIV/AIDS efforts. Healio: President’s proposed budget falls short in commitment to ending AIDS “HIV/AIDS activists and physicians are expressing their concern over the 2015 budget proposed…

Antiseptic Gel Saves Newborns From Umbilical Cord Infection In Nepal

Reuters: Nepal’s miracle gel saves newborns from infection “… ‘Navi Malam,’ or chlorhexidine, [is a gel] applied to avoid umbilical cord infection — a main cause of newborn deaths in the impoverished Himalayan nation [of Nepal]. Made by local firm Lomus Pharmaceuticals and backed by the government, [USAID], and other…

CDC Aiming To Create Better Disease Detection Systems

Roll Call reports on CDC efforts to invest in new technologies that would facilitate disease detection. Roll Call: CDC Plans to Map DNA of Disease-Causing Viruses “Many public health experts see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the premier disease detection agency not just for the United States…

USAID, Kerry Recognize International Women’s Day

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” marked International Women’s Day, recognized annually on March 8, with a post by Margaret McGlynn, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, about the development of an AIDS vaccine and its potential impact on women’s equality (3/7). In addition, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released…

USAID, DHS Release Report On Women’s Equality And Empowerment

On Friday, “the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Demographic and Health Surveys Program released ‘Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000,’ a report that assesses gains in women’s status and gender equality worldwide. This report, among the most extensive recent assessments of women’s status, looks…

Birx Responds To Questions On PEPFAR At Senate Confirmation Hearing

Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Deborah Birx, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. global AIDS coordinator, answered questions regarding PEPFAR and the U.S. global AIDS response during a confirmation hearing, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A Senate vote…

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