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CDC Launches Initiative Targeting Neglected Parasitic Diseases In U.S.

Huffington Post: The CDC’s New Initiative on Parasitic Infections Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new initiative that targets parasitic diseases in the United States. Coinciding with the publication of a series of…

USAID Celebrates Delivery Of 1B NTD Treatments

USAID on Thursday launched One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020 to “celebrat[e] its support of the delivery of one billion neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatments that are helping more than 465 million people in 25 countries in some of the world’s poorest populations,” according to…

Fauci Discusses Importance Of Federal Research Funding At Briefing

At a congressional briefing hosted Wednesday by the Coalition for Life Sciences, Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed the importance of federal funding for research and development, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” notes (Aziz, 5/8).

State Department Official Highlights Progress On Transgender Rights In South Asia

Writing in the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Richard Hoagland, principal deputy assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, discusses the “progress for the human rights of transgender persons throughout the South Asia region. … As people around the world prepare to celebrate…

USAID, PEPFAR Committed To Improving Health Systems To Deliver VMMC Services

Huffington Post: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID Noting a new collection of studies on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) “published by the PLOS Collection and funded by [PEPFAR] through [USAID] and the Bill & Melinda…

Global Development Lab Aims To Foster Innovative Solutions To End Poverty

IRIN: Can innovation end global poverty? “Can the seemingly intractable problems of global poverty be addressed by the latest wonders of science and technology? … [With the launch of the Global Development Lab,] USAID is attempting to ‘foster science- and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030’…” (5/7).

U.S. Government Views Global Health Security As ‘Top Priority’

CNN: Why global health security matters to U.S. CDC Director Tom Frieden and Andy Weber, assistant secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Writing about the first meeting on the world’s Global Health Security Agenda, the authors conclude, “…Global health security is an essential investment for the…

World Must Take Action On Antibiotic Resistance

Washington Post: Time is short to address antibiotic resistance “The World Health Organization came out last week with a warning that resistance to antibiotics has become a ‘major threat to public health.’ … Given the rapid movement of goods and people, a problem for one nation is a problem for…

Foreign Aid Can Help Prevent Global Spread Of Diseases Like Ebola

Detroit Free Press: Why Ebola isn’t just Africa’s problem Utibe Effiong, a Nigerian physician, research associate at the University of Michigan, and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute “…[P]eople — and their infections — are not bound by borders. To those who claim we can’t afford foreign aid,…

U.S. Provides Humanitarian Aid In CAR

Writing in the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard discusses the U.S. response to the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. “…In addition to diplomatic efforts, State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the humanitarian offices of…

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