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Blog Marks 5th Anniversary Of Haiti Earthquake; Discusses Progress, Challenges

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Haiti Still Needs Our Help Thomas Adams, the State Department’s Haiti special coordinator, marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. He writes, “Haiti still needs our help. We can do justice to those lost and to all…

U.S. Should Contribute ‘Generous’ Amount To Gavi

Washington Post: The United States should generously support Gavi’s immunization efforts Editorial Board “An important conference is to be held in Berlin on Jan. 27 to secure financial replenishment for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a multilateral nonprofit that for 15 years has been bringing vaccines to children in the world’s…

More U.S., International R&D Funding Needed For Neglected Diseases, Experts Say

Humanosphere: U.S. sequester took big bite out of global research and development spending Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy explores U.S. and international funding for global health research and development and neglected diseases. He includes comments from Mary Moran, executive director of Policy Cures; WHO Director-General Margaret Chan; and Mel Spigelman, president…

Birx Urges Tanzanian Media To Disseminate Accurate, Understandable HIV Information

IPP Media: U.S. urges Tanzanian media to beef up efforts in fight against HIV/AIDS “The United States government has called on Tanzanian media to enhance efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS as part of endeavors to achieve an HIV-free generation. … Ambassador[-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah] Birx, also…

Forbes To Host Online Discussions With WHO, CDC Polio Officials

Forbes: How Syria Beat Its Polio Outbreak “…On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern, Chris Maher, manager for polio eradication and emergency support for the World Health Organization in Syria, will join [contributor Devin Thorpe] for a live discussion about the efforts to manage polio through the conflicts and…

U.S. Provides $1M To IAEA For Ebola Diagnostic Program

U.S. Department of State: U.S. Government Contributes $1 Million to IAEA in Ebola Fight “The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. … The IAEA’s project will provide…

U.S. Feed The Future Initiative Reaching Millions In Efforts To End Hunger

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Feed the Future: Progress in the Goal of Ending Hunger Nancy Stetson, U.S. special representative for global food security at the State Department, and Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, discuss the progress of Feed the Future, writing, “In just…

GHTC Provides 10 Reasons For U.S. Policymakers To Support Global Health R&D

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: 10 reasons why the U.S. policymakers should support global health research and development Marissa Chmiola, GHTC’s communications officer, discusses the organization’s top 10 reasons for U.S. policymakers to support global health R&D, including that it saves lives, creates jobs, provides national security, and promotes cost-savings,…

State Department Blog Provides Update On U.S. Ebola Response, Coordination Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Obama Administration Provides Update to African Diaspora Communities on U.S. Ebola Response David Duckenfield, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Public Affairs, discusses an update provided by Assistant Secretary of African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and officials from USAID, the National Security Council…

USAID Using War-Game Scenarios To Address Potential Health, Development Crises

Bloomberg News: Peace Games: Aid Agency Plays Out Ebola, Starvation Scenarios With the Tools of Roman Generals “… As the U.S. deals with increasingly complex, interlocking security risks — from disruptive technologies to climate-driven food and water shortages and virulent extremism and nationalism — some officials are borrowing a tool…