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Biotechnology Has Potential To Accelerate Global Health Solutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How Biotechnology Can Accelerate Global Health Solutions that Save Lives Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the potential of biotechnology companies “to help develop new and better drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and delivery systems for global…

New Hookworm Vaccine Could Have ‘Tremendous Impact’ On World’s Poorest

Huffington Post: A New Malnutrition Vaccine for the World’s Poor Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Remko van Leeuwen, director of acquisitions at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) Foundation and coordinator of the HOOKVAC consortium “…[A] report just released in…

Opinion Pieces Address Potential Global Impact Of Supreme Court’s Ruling In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

The following opinion pieces address how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that ‘closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees’ might affect women’s right to contraception worldwide and policies surrounding religious objections to other health interventions. Forbes: Could Hobby Lobby…

Yemen, USAID Discuss Health Cooperation, Polio Prevention

Yemen News Agency (Saba): Yemen, USAID discuss health cooperation “[Yemen’s] Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Ahmed al-Ansi met on Monday with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Polio Eradication Coordinator, Ellyn Ogden. The two sides discussed the cooperation relations in the health sector, especially in the areas…

U.N. Agencies Scale Up Health Care Responses In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: Amid massive displacement, U.N. agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases “United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their health care responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and…

Africa’s Wealthiest Man Pledges To Build 11 Health Centers In Nigeria

Forbes: Africa’s Richest Man To Build 11 Health Centers in Nigeria To Combat Polio “Africa’s wealthiest man Aliko Dangote has pledged to build 11 health centers in Kano, a large commercial state in Nigeria’s northwestern region, in an effort to ensure routine immunization and the general physical health of indigenes…

Drug Resistance Is Economic, National Security Issue, Reuters Reports

Reuters: How to fix a broken market in antibiotics “…Waking up to the threat [of antibiotic drug resistance], governments and health officials are getting serious about trying to neutralize it. It may seem like a question of science, microbes, and drugs — but in truth it is a global issue…

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

U.S. Government, Pharma Companies Should Test Ebola Vaccine Candidate

Foreign Affairs: An Unnecessary Plague Jessica Hatcher, journalist An Ebola outbreak in Guinea “has spread to neighboring Liberia, with additional cases suspected in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Mali. … What’s particularly disturbing about the present crisis, however, is that some infections could have been prevented. For years, the United States…

Health Workers In Pakistan Battle Polio, Militants

Foreign Policy: SWAT M.D. “…Ever since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover in its hunt for Osama Bin Laden, real medical professionals have found themselves in the crosshairs in Pakistan. The Taliban have banned immunizations and accused those attempting to deliver medical services in the tribal areas of…