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HHS Secretary Burwell Discusses U.S. Zika Response, Funding At Forum; Kaiser Health News…

The Atlantic: What Happened While America Waited for Zika Funding “… ‘Did [the Zika funding] delay cause harm? Did that set you back?’ Jonathan Karl, ABC News’s chief White House correspondent, asked the secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, on Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum, an event produced by The Aspen…More

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Discussions Underway On U.N. Aid Package To Address Cholera In Haiti, U.N. Official Says

Agence France-Presse: U.N. rolls out aid package for cholera-hit Haiti “The United Nations will mobilize $181 million to shore up the emergency response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and at least an equal amount for the victims and their families, a senior U.N. official says. The financial package follows the United Nations’ admission that…More

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U.S. Issues Travel Advisory For SE Asia As Thailand Reports First Cases Of Zika-Linked…

Agence France-Presse: First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly “Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect…” (9/30). Associated Press: Thailand confirms SE Asia’s first Zika-linked…More

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No One Arrested, Jailed For Attacks On Aid Workers, Health Facilities, Despite Becoming More…

NPR: Why Is No One Punished For Attacks On Aid Workers? “…[T]he rules are simple: Don’t target medical facilities. Don’t harm doctors and medical workers. Don’t harm civilians, including aid workers.

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Devex Speaks To Experts About Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s $3B Pledge To End Disease

Devex: How should Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan spend $3B to end disease? “…For now, details on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which was launched in December are still limited. But its ambitions from education to global health have launched new conversations about where funds are most needed. Chan Zuckerberg Science will take a unique approach…More

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Kaiser Health News/NPR Examine U.S. FDA’s Priority Review Voucher Program

Kaiser Health News/NPR: Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile? “…Members of Congress, the pharmaceutical industry, and rare disease advocates have passionately supported [priority review] vouchers as a way to spur development of drugs for rare and neglected diseases. But skeptics, including FDA officials and some academics, have questioned whether the program is…More

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WHO Official Says Polio Will Be Eradicated Despite Setback In Nigeria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Polio will be eradicated Michael Zaffran, director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization, writes that Nigeria’s recently reported cases of poliovirus are “a setback in the global effort to eradicate polio once and for all. But as Nigeria is again classified as polio endemic, I am…More

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Rice University Bioengineer Receives MacArthur Award For Work On Innovation In Medical…

Washington Post: Ask a MacArthur genius: Just how cheap can cancer diagnosis get? “What’s the best way to bring cutting-edge health care to the world’s poorest places? It can be tempting to export money and equipment to solve the problem. … Could there be a better way?

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s $3B Pledge To ‘End All Illness,’ Other Philanthropic Money…

Science: The boldness of philanthropists David Baltimore, Nobel Prize winner, president emeritus of and professor at the California Institute of Technology “Last week, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg announced their new philanthropic initiative with the goal of ‘curing, preventing, and managing all diseases by the end of the century.’ … Although private funding cannot match…More

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Sierra Leone Officials Not Enforcing FGM Ban, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: Captured and cut: FGM returns to Sierra Leone despite official ban “…FGM has been banned in the country since emergency health measures were introduced after the Ebola outbreak in 2014. But despite the continued ban, the practice has returned through all-female secret societies … and condemnation by the authorities has become increasingly absent…”…More

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World Bank President Pledges To Call Out Nations Not Addressing Childhood Stunting; Peru…

The Guardian: World Bank to name and shame countries that fail to prevent stunting in children “The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting. Jim Yong…More

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Better Diagnostics, Implementation Of Mosquito Prevention Needed To Control Zika’s Spread In…

The Hill: Stopping Puerto Rico’s Zika crisis Ranu S. Dhillon, adviser to the president of Guinea and the country’s National Ebola Coordination Cell; Javier Ortiz, executive director of the Puerto Rico Economic Recovery Initiative and partner at Falcon Cyber Investments; Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, founder of Patient Knowhow; and David Beier, a managing director of Bay City…More

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U.N. Security Council Resolution On Protecting Health Care In Conflict Needs To Be Strengthened

IPI Global Observatory: Security Council Can Do More to Protect Health Care in Conflict Leonard S. Rubenstein, director of the program on human rights, health, and conflict at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and core faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, discusses the need to strengthen a U.N. Security…More

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U.S. Congress Approves Continuing Resolution, Including $1.1B In Zika Response Funding

CQ News: Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, Speeds it to House “The Senate Wednesday passed a 10-week continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9 and avert a partial government shutdown at the end of the week. The chamber voted 72-26 in favor of final passage of the underlying legislative vehicle (HR 5325) for…More

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