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U.S. House To Consider Emergency Spending Package For Zika Outbreak

CNN: House Republicans push own Zika plan “House Republicans, who have resisted approving the $1.9 billion that President Barack Obama requested to combat the Zika virus, now are preparing their own spending package and are aiming for a vote as early as next Wednesday…” (Walsh/Barrett, 5/14). CQ News: Anti-Zika Spending…

Vox Discusses Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Funding With Public Health Thinkers

Vox: The U.S. doesn’t have an emergency fund for health crises like Zika. That’s a huge mistake. “…If we know that globalization, climate change, and other factors are only heightening the risk of potentially devastating pandemics, why do we subject health officials to what has become an annual scramble [for…

Puerto Rico Reports First Case Of Zika-Linked Microcephaly

New York Times: Puerto Rico Reports First Microcephaly Case Linked to Zika “A pregnant woman in Puerto Rico has become the first American whose fetus developed microcephaly because of a Zika infection acquired in the United States, the territory’s health department said on Friday…” (McNeil, 5/13). Reuters: Puerto Rico reports…

White House Launches National Microbiome Initiative To Investigate Microscopic Organisms’ Impacts On Health, Environment

ABC News: Microbiome Research Just Got a Mega Infusion of Government and Private Funding “The Obama administration announced a $121-million National Microbiome Initiative [Saturday] to study how microscopic organisms that live all over the environment — and our bodies — can impact our health, climate, and food security…” (Chopra, 5/13).…

Investments In Women’s, Girls’ Health Necessary To Achieve SDGs

Huffington Post: Women, Girls, and Global Goals: Why Ensuring Women’s and Girls’ Health and Rights Is Crucial to Achieving the SDGs Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID, and Elizabeth Fox, USAID deputy maternal and child survival coordinator and director of the…

U.S. Government’s Global Health Supply Chain Strategy Helps People With HIV/AIDS Access Treatment Worldwide

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Delivering Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Drugs Around the World Sherif Mowafy, a program manager in the Supply Chain for Health division of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, discusses the USAID-led Supply Chain Management System project under PEPFAR, “the largest-ever public health supply chain in the world, [which] leverages the collective power…

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