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U.N. Declares 2015 As International Year Of Light

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: 2015 is the U.N. International Year of Light Paul T. Mungai, the science officer in the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the State Department, notes the U.N. has declared this year as the International Year of Light, writing, “Light technologies provide solutions to global challenges…

U.N. Launches Appeal For Additional $1B To Stamp Out Ebola In West Africa

Bloomberg News: Ebola Fight Needs $1 Billion More as Outbreak Wanes “Ebola remains a global health emergency, the United Nations said today as it sought another $1 billion in donations to fight the deadly outbreak in West Africa…” (Bennett/Kitamura, 1/21). Reuters: U.N. Ebola chief calls for final $1 billion to…

President Obama Commends U.S. Progress On Ebola During State Of The Union Address

The Hill: Obama touts progress against Ebola “President Obama said [in his State of the Union address] the United States has made progress fighting Ebola in West Africa and thanked Congress for delivering emergency funds for the effort. … At the same time, Obama called on Congress to support his…

Congress Should Fix FDA Neglected Disease Drug Voucher Program’s Flaws

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win? Bernard Pécoul, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), and Manica Balasegaram, executive director of the MSF Access Campaign, discuss how flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher (PRV) program have rewarded…

Blog Post Highlights Recent News About West African Ebola Epidemic

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Ebola: Too little, too late, lost lessons from the recent past, too much too late … We’re reading chronicles and updates from West Africa Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy,…

Devex Discusses Potential Candidates To Follow Shah As USAID Administrator

Devex: Who will be the next USAID administrator? “…In the short term, we know the answer. Current Deputy Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will step in as acting administrator when Shah vacates his position, and it is possible Lenhardt will ride out the remaining two years of the Obama administration in that…

Obama Administration, Congress Should Allow U.S. Foreign Aid To Support Some Abortion Care

The Hill: President Obama: Ensure U.S. foreign assistance supports safe abortion care Aram Schvey, senior policy counsel and manager of projects and operations at the Center for Reproductive Rights “…President Obama, like so many presidents before him, refuses to allow any U.S. foreign assistance to support safe abortion care for…

U.S. Innovation Improving Global Response Against Ebola

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: How Innovation Is Transforming the Fight Against Ebola USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes about how “evidence, innovation, and data” are allowing the U.S. to help lead the global response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/17).