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Zika’s Complexity Contributes To ‘Most Difficult’ Emergency Health Response For CDC,…

The Atlantic: Zika Is the ‘Most Difficult’ Emergency Health Response Ever, CDC Official Says “…[T]he White House has threatened to veto the [Zika funding] bill. Which would mean still no federal funding for what Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called ‘the most difficult’ emergency response the…More

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Obama Administration Will Veto Zika Spending Package If Senate Approves Bill

CQ HealthBeat: Friday: Senate Trouble for Zika Response Funding Package “…Senators face a decision next week on the fate of a supplemental spending package to fund efforts to battle the Zika virus. Senate rules allow the conference report to jump onto the Senate agenda and avoid amendment haggling. However, the measure faces a procedural vote…More

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Researchers Identify Potential Link Between Dengue Exposure, Severity Of Zika Infection;…

The Atlantic: A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue “…New research shows that certain dengue antibodies can either neutralize Zika — or help it replicate. The findings, published in two separate papers on Thursday, may be a crucial step toward developing a vaccine for Zika…” (LaFrance, 6/23). Reuters: Previous exposure to dengue may make Zika…More

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GAVI Offers Up To $27.5M In Matching Funds To Support Malaria Vaccine Research

Reuters: GAVI alliance offers matched funds for GSK malaria vaccine pilot “The GAVI global vaccine alliance has offered funding of up to $27.5 million for pilot tests of GlaxoSmithKline’s first-generation malaria vaccine, but only if other organizations promise to match that commitment…” (Kelland, 6/23).

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International Ad Agencies To Launch Campaign Supporting U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Wall Street Journal: Ad Chiefs Unite to Support U.N. Sustainable Development Program “…U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be joined by advertising companies WPP PLC, Omnicom Group Inc., Publicis Groupe SA, Interpublic Group of Cos., Dentsu Inc., and Havas SA on Friday to unveil a new collaborative initiative called ‘Common Ground,’ which will help promote the…More

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On International Day, U.N.’s Ban Urges Global Community To Improve Visibility, Rights Of…

U.N. News Centre: World’s oft-marginalized widows must be part of sustainable development, says Ban “With nearly half the world’s 259 million widows living in poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Thursday] urged greater efforts to ‘make them more visible in our societies’ and ensure they are a vital part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Agenda’s…More

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Efforts To Train Community Midwives In Afghanistan Help Lower Country’s Infant, Child…

Washington Post: Afghan babies have been dying in huge numbers for decades. Now, something is changing. “…[A] recent Afghan government survey found that between 2001 and 2015, the nationwide mortality rate for all infants had fallen from 66 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births, and from 87 to 55 deaths per 1,000 for all…More

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The Lancet Examines Several Initiatives Underway To Help India Respond To Violence Against…

The Lancet: Gaps in India’s health response to violence against women “…One in three women globally experiences violence in her lifetime, according to WHO. With a third of Indian women being exposed to domestic violence, the scale of the problem in India mirrors the global crisis. Several initiatives are underway to improve the country’s response…More

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WHO Team Investigating Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak In Northern South Sudan

The Lancet: WHO investigates mysterious outbreak in South Sudan “A team from WHO’s Regional Office for Africa is investigating a mysterious viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak in northern South Sudan that has killed 10 people. At the same time, national health officials are scrambling to put preventive measures in place based on the scant knowledge they…More

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Innovators Look To Scale Up Digital Health Programs In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Devex: A new era in digital health “More than a decade of experimentation in digital health has seen the rise of a range of innovations that build on the promise that emerging technologies can dramatically improve health care, especially in low- and middle-income settings. What has also emerged is a range of challenges, as innovators…More

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United State Of Women Summit Highlights HIV Prevention, Care Among Women, Girls Nationally,…

White House Blog: HIV Among Issues Examined During White House’s United State of Women Summit Amy Lansky, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, and Caira Woods, senior policy adviser to the Office of National AIDS Policy and Office of National Drug Control Policy, discuss highlights from last week’s United State of Women Summit,…More

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Proper Handwashing Essential To Maternal, Child Health, Infection Prevention

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives Myriam Sidibe, social mission director for Africa at Unilever, and Siddharth Chatterjee, UNFPA representative to Kenya “…Access to good hygiene, including handwashing with soap, is an important indicator in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fact is that there…More

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‘Partisan Baubles’ Within U.S. House-Passed Zika Funding Measure Could Mean Continued Delay…

Washington Post: It’s us against Zika — whose side is Congress on? Editorial Board “…More than four months after President Obama requested nearly $1.9 billion in emergency funding to deal with a public health emergency, the House voted for $1.1 billion but saddled it with unnecessary partisan baubles. This may further delay action against the…More

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U.S. House Republicans Approve $1.1B Zika Spending Compromise Reached Without Democrats’…

The Atlantic: Congressional Lawmakers Reach a Zika Deal — Without Democrats “After less than a week of formal, bipartisan negotiations on Zika funding, congressional lawmakers have reached a deal. The Democrats, though, aren’t involved. We ‘are not a party to any agreement,’ Matthew Dennis, the communications director for Democratic House appropriators, said Wednesday night in…More

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