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Trump Transition Team’s Questionnaire On Africa Viewed As Skeptical About Humanitarian,…

The Atlantic: Tragedy Would Unfold if Trump Cancels Bush’s AIDS Program “…Last Friday, Helene Cooper at the New York Times reported that the [Trump] transition team sent a four-page questionnaire to the State Department about America’s relationship with Africa, on topics ranging from terrorism to humanitarianism. Several questions indicated ‘an overall skepticism about the value…More

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Financial Times Examines How Trump Administration, Brexit Implementation Could Impact 6 Health…

Financial Times: Health care: six policy areas Trump and Brexit wins will affect “Health in 2017 will be significantly affected by two of last year’s most striking events: the U.K. referendum to leave the E.U. and the U.S. election of Donald Trump.

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Nature Profiles Several Potential Candidates To Head NIH

Nature: Surprising contenders emerge for Trump’s NIH chief “Could U.S. president-elect Donald Trump be close to choosing a leader for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? Current NIH chief Francis Collins and Representative Andy Harris (Republican, Maryland), both front-runners for [the] job, met separately with Trump on 11 January, as did billionaire surgeon Patrick Soon-Shiong…More

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News Outlets Interview CDC Director Tom Frieden About Successes, Challenges Of Leading Agency,…

Vox: Why CDC head Tom Frieden is actually optimistic about public health under Trump “…With President-elect Donald Trump taking office this week, there’s a lot of uncertainty about how the U.S. will handle public health and respond to potential future pandemics. There’s also uncertainty about what will happen to the CDC budget and vaccine coverage…More

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Devex Publishes Q&A Articles With WHO Director-General Candidates Douste-Blazy, Nabarro

Devex: Q&A: WHO candidate Philippe Douste-Blazy “Philippe Douste-Blazy has focused his energy over the past decade on exploring alternative means to fund development causes. Now, he is making these efforts the centerpiece of his candidacy for the World Health Organization director general. … In this Q&A, Douste-Blazy speaks about his strategy for convincing member states…More

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CDC-Funded Project Aims To Protect Newborns From Infections Acquired In Health Care Settings

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Protecting newborns from infection in health care settings Rachel Smith, medical epidemiologist for the CDC’s Division of Health Care Quality Promotion’s International Infection Control Program, discusses the challenge of preventing infections in newborns in health care settings, highlighting a CDC-funded project through the “Johns Hopkins University Center for Global Health to…More

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WHO DG Candidate Bustreo Discusses How BRICS Nations Play Crucial Role In Confronting Complex…

The BRICS Post: The Building BRICS for a Healthier Future Flavia Bustreo, Italy’s candidate for WHO director general and current assistant director general of the WHO, discusses the role the BRICS bloc of nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — can play in global health cooperation, writing, “The diversity of the BRICS…More

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Vaccination Coverage Critical To Preventing Infectious Disease Outbreaks In Syria

BMJ Blogs: Seth Berkley: The new priority in Syria is preventing epidemics Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, discusses the threat of epidemics and the need for vaccine coverage in Syria, as well as Gavi’s commitment of $25 million a year for the next two years to support Syria. Berkley writes, “[T]here is…More

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WHO Director-General Candidate Tedros Adhanom Discusses Leadership Credentials, Vision For…

The Huffington Post: My commitment to ensuring a strong, coordinated, global response to health emergencies Tedros Adhanom, minister and special adviser to the prime minister of Ethiopia, and candidate for WHO director general “…Strong leadership is essential in the face of health crises. Complex public health emergencies demand a collective response with high-level political and…More

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Clinical Laboratory Networks Play Critical Role In Strengthening Health Systems, Global Health…

The Lancet Global Health: Global health security: how can laboratories help? Editorial Board “‘How did Ebola happen and could it happen again?’ is a question asked countless times over the past three years. More often than not, the catastrophic failure of health system coherence and capacity in the three most affected countries in West Africa…More

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Devex Examines Development Implications Of Tillerson Appointment To U.S. Secretary Of State

Devex: Development community weighs implications of Rex Tillerson Senate hearings “Civil society organizations routinely advocate for key issues to feature during confirmation hearings of U.S. political appointees. But this year, the stakes were particularly high in advance of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings held [Thursday] for Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for…More

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President-Elect Trump Meets With 2 Candidates To Head NIH, Including Current Director Collins

STAT: Trump meets with two contenders to lead NIH “Two leading candidates to serve as director of the National Institutes of Health in the next administration met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday. The president-elect met at Trump Tower with Dr. Francis Collins, the current NIH director, and Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, who has…More

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Media Sources Feature Q&As With WHO Director General Candidates

Devex: Q&A: WHO candidate Flavia Bustreo “Flavia Bustreo knows the World Health Organization all too well. She has served within its ranks for more than a decade and is the only internal candidate among those vying for the position of director general of the U.N. health aid agency. … In this Q&A, Bustreo tells Devex…More

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The Lancet Examines Congressional Support For U.S. Cures Act, Potential For Funding

The Lancet: Experts confident of Congressional funding for U.S. Cures Act “Just five weeks before his presidency ended, Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, a law that will sustain several of his signature biomedical research initiatives, streamline the U.S. drug and medical device approval process, improve the nation’s mental health care system, and…More

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