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Researchers, Advocates Encourage Congress To Sustain Disease Research Funding

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Diminishing research dollars sparks disease comparisons, competition, while HIV advocates say now is not the time to ease efforts Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” writes, “As U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee members prepare to set funding levels for…

Sierra Leone Shows Mixed Progress As Country Recovers From Ebola

World Bank: As Ebola Crisis Wanes, a Mixed Picture of Economic Recovery for Households in Sierra Leone “Employment in Sierra Leone has returned to pre-crisis levels, though earnings and hours worked still lag behind. This is according to respondents in the latest round of high-frequency mobile-phone surveys, led by Statistics…

Disease-Specific Advocacy Groups Appeal To Congress For R&D Funding

CQ Weekly: Dueling Diseases: The Race for Cure Dollars “…As Congress assembles its budgets and spending bills, patient advocacy groups for specific diseases issue public pleas for more money for medical research — nothing as unseemly as earmarks or carve-outs, but general support for the National Institutes of Health and…

Congress Should Permanently End ‘Global Gag Rule’

The Hill: Let’s finally end the global gag rule Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government relations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “The good news is that recent efforts to expand family planning access globally have…

Trade Agreements Should Focus On Medical R&D, Not Intellectual Property Rights

The Hill: TPP should protect patients, not patents James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International “…Among the controversial provisions [of the Trans-Pacific Partnership] are proposals to mandate extended patent terms, require a 12-year monopoly on the evidence used to register pricy biologic drugs, ramp up the enforcement of rights, make…

U.S. Global Health, Development Programs Create ‘Hope, Opportunity, And Stability’

Devex: Wisely spent, foreign aid saves lives Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) “…The United States plays an indispensable role in formulating global health and development strategies, forging coordination among governments, and responding to natural and man-made disasters. What few Americans may realize is that we do this, and more, with less…

World Leaders Must Commit To Ending Preventable Child, Maternal Deaths

Huffington Post: World Leaders Must Continue to Act to End Preventable Deaths Mark Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network “…I commend President Obama and other G7 leaders for their political leadership and sending a clear signal by making several vital commitments, including on maternal, newborn, and child…