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Major Progress at the Global Fund: One-Year ‘More Health for the Money’ Update

Last September, we released a report on how the Global Fund could get more health for its money. In it, we offered several concrete suggestions for improvements in several different value-for-money domains, all with an eye toward maximizing the health impact of every dollar spent. A lot can change in a year


Tuberculosis in pregnancy: an estimate of the global burden of disease

The burden of tuberculosis disease in pregnant women is substantial. Maternal care services could provide an important platform for tuberculosis detection, treatment initiation, and subsequent follow-up.


A novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyond

If you had to walk 14 miles and cross a river to get contraception, you might think twice about how to use your time. Do I really need family planning? What are my chances of actually getting pregnant anytime soon? And … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscopeCoverage plan: mobile phone app fights tuberculosis ;


Experts At European Parliament Session Outline Challenges In TB Drug Development

EurActiv: Developing countries urged to produce TB vaccines locally “Even though one third of the global population have the microbes that cause tuberculosis (TB), pharmaceutical companies still have little incentive to produce the drugs that can combat the deadly but curable disease. Speaking at the European Parliament on Wednesday (21 January) Dr. Lucica Ditiu, executive…More

U.N.’s Ban Appoints Eric Goosby As New TB Special Envoy

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief appoints new Special Envoy in move to end Tuberculosis “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Eric Goosby of the United States as his new Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), the U.N. Spokesperson’s office announced [Tuesday].

U.K. Launches $17.4M Effort To End TB

Reuters: Europe’s tuberculosis hub Britain seeks to wipe out the disease “Health authorities launched an 11.5 million pounds ($17.4 million) plan on Monday to tackle Britain’s persistent tuberculosis (TB) problem, seeking to wipe the contagious lung disease out altogether. Britain has one of the highest TB rates in western Europe and London is known as…More

India Must Focus On Stopping Drug-Resistant TB Transmission, Involve All Sectors In Ending TB

Huffington Post India: Understanding India’s Evolving Tuberculosis Challenge Nerges Mistry, trustee and joint director of the Foundation for Medical Research “…Given its dangerous implications, curbing transmission-generated drug-resistant TB in India is the need of the hour. This is only possible if every suspected patient undergoes drug susceptibility testing during their initial TB diagnosis to guide…More

South Africa Announces Global Fund-Supported HIV Program Promoting Sex Worker Rights

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: South African HIV Program on Rights of Sex Workers “The South African National AIDS Council said that a long-awaited HIV program catering specifically to the needs of sex workers — 60 percent of whom are estimated to be living with HIV — became firmly established during the…More

Global Fund, Zambian Government, NGO Sign $234M In Grants For HIV, TB, Malaria Efforts

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Zambia and Global Fund Sign $234 Million in New Grants “The Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Churches Health Association of Zambia, and the Global Fund [on Friday] reaffirmed their partnership, signing four new grants worth US$234 million to fight HIV, TB, and malaria in Zambia,”…More

Increased Political Commitment, Attention To TB Bolstering Control Efforts In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How India is moving the needle on TB Puneet Dewan, senior program officer for tuberculosis in the Gates Foundation’s India office, discusses TB efforts in India, writing, “The increased public attention, political commitment, and innovative solutions are generating much optimism and momentum around controlling TB in India. It’s…More

UNICEF North Korea Office Audit Warns Oversight Lacking On Some Health Projects

Fox News: UNICEF’s North Korea office barred from oversight of its own health projects, audit probe warns “…While UNICEF is supposed to be supporting an array of health and education programs in the country — including campaigns financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) — and is supposed to be…More

U.S. TB Funding Should Reflect Global Threat Posed By Drug-Resistant Strains

New York Times: Losing the Fight Against Tuberculosis Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “…Americans can no longer afford to be indifferent to the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis. … At least in the short term, poor countries need the specialized expertise only America can provide. When the president’s budget requests for the next fiscal year are released,…More

New Clinics In Haiti Use Functional Architecture To Help TB, Cholera Patients

New York Times: In Haiti, Battling Disease With Open-Air Clinics “…Haiti — a broken country if there ever was one — now has two new clinics, open-air, modest in size and cost, designed to tackle diseases that can be as insidious and deadly as Ebola, but are also more common: cholera and tuberculosis. … Instead…More

Pakistan Overcomes Geographical Challenges, Terror Threats To Vaccinate Children

NPR: Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat “…In 2013, the country saw between 60 and 85 percent immunization coverage against diseases like measles, tuberculosis, polio, and meningitis. In 1980, the rate was almost zero…” (Beaubien, 12/18).

USAID, Janssen Therapeutics Sign MOU To Support Efforts To Address MDR-TB

IIP Digital: More Nations to Receive Tuberculosis-Fighting Drug “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Janssen Therapeutics December 11 that aims to accelerate progress in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The intent of the MOU is for Janssen to donate $30 million worth of…More

Global Fund investments in human resources for health: innovation and missed opportunities for…

Background Since the early 2000s, there have been large increases in donor financing of human resources for health (HRH), yet few studies have examined their effects on health systems.

MSF Testing Drones To Transport TB Lab Samples From Remote Areas Of Papua New Guinea

VICE News: Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis Epidemic in Papua New Guinea “Drones have been trialed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth. … MSF this year began to help local authorities tackle TB…More

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