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Are partnerships the key to making critical progress in Global Health?

When it comes to Global Health, there are a number of challenges that the global health community should be aware of and focused on. Many Read More

Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More

Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

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U.S. Investments Drive First Annual Increase In Funding For Neglected Diseases Research Since…

Devex: R&D for neglected diseases reliant on just two donors, G-FINDER report warns “…The G-FINDER report, released on Wednesday, tracks investments in drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, microbicides, and vector control products and also basic research across 33 neglected diseases — a group of diseases that lead to approximately 6.4 million deaths per year and disproportionately affect…More


UNICEF Vaccine Independence Initiative Funds More Than Doubled Over Past Year

Xinhua News: UNICEF: Funds for vaccination initiative double in past year “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday announced that funding for its Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII), a mechanism to help countries secure a sustainable supply of life-saving vaccines, has more than doubled in the past year. The increase was made possible especially by…More


Studies Examine Links Between Zika, Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome

CIDRAP News: Study bolsters Zika-microcephaly link, rules out others “A new Brazilian study adds further evidence to the link between Zika and microcephaly while ruling out for the first time an association between microcephaly and an important insecticide and between the condition and vaccines. In a final report of the case-control study, which was published…More


UNICEF’s Vaccine Independence Initiative Has Potential To Ensure All Children Have Access To…

HuffPost: An added boost to help countries ensure more children receive life-saving vaccines Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[UNICEF’s Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII)] is a key element in UNICEF’s supply financing portfolio. It provides technical support to governments and short-term bridge financing to help countries procure vaccines…More


Philippines To Demand Dengue Vaccine Refund From Sanofi Pasteur; Controversy Threatens…

Associated Press: Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine “The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the…More


Are partnerships the key to making critical progress in Global Health?

When it comes to Global Health, there are a number of challenges that the global health community should be aware of and focused on. Many Read More


WHO To Review Data On Sanofi Dengue Vaccine Risks; Brazil Joins Philippines In Restricting…

Reuters: Trouble mounts for Sanofi dengue vaccine over safety concerns “The World Health Organization said on Monday it hopes to review safety data on Sanofi’s dengue vaccine this month, while the Philippines ordered an investigation of its now suspended massive immunization program after the French drugmaker said it could actually worsen the disease in some…More


Investment In R&D For New TB Vaccines Critical To Ending Epidemic

The Hill: Tuberculosis epidemic desperately needs new vaccination strategies José Luis Castro, executive director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease “…To defeat the TB epidemic, we need nothing short of a research-and-development revolution. … Currently, investment in TB research and development — especially in vaccines — is embarrassingly low. … We must…More


Gavi To Purchase $85M In Typhoid Vaccines To Immunize Children In Endemic Nations

Reuters: Vaccine alliance backs typhoid shots for poor with $85 million “The Gavi global vaccine alliance has earmarked $85 million to help support the introduction of typhoid vaccines in poor countries where millions of children are at risk of the often deadly disease. The funds, agreed by GAVI at a meeting on Thursday, will go…More


MSF Calls On Gavi To Prioritize Children’s Health In Its Funding Model

Médecins Sans Frontières: MSF Press Statement: 20 countries about to fall off Gavi funding ‘cliff,’ risking their ability to pay for lifesaving vaccines for children long term “As the board of directors of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, meets this week in Vientiane, Laos, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on…More


Aid Workers, Vaccines Arrive In Yemen After Loosening Of Port Blockades; Aid Organizations Warn…

Associated Press: UNICEF: Vaccines cargo to blockaded Yemen can’t be one-off “The U.N. child agency said Sunday that it has flown 1.9 million doses of vaccines to war-torn Yemen, its first aid delivery since a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels tightened a sea and air blockade earlier this month. Regional UNICEF Director Geert Cappelaere described…More


Without Reopening Of Ports, Yemen Set To Run Out Of Fuel, Vaccines In 1 Month, UNICEF Says

The Guardian: ‘Only God can save us’: Yemeni children starve as aid is held at border “…Seven million people are on the brink of famine in war-torn Yemen, which was already in the grip of the world’s worst cholera outbreak when coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia tightened its blockade on the country last week,…More


U.S. Should Strengthen Investments In Global Health R&D

The Hill: Let’s tackle new health threats before they reach us Mark Dybul, professor of medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center, former executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and former U.S. Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator “…The need for research to develop new drugs, vaccines, and cures is clear. ……More


Is the Future of Global Healthcare Made in China?

On the 15th of August 2017 the newly appointed director of WHO Tedros Adhanom made his first official visit to China. After three days Tedros left with a pledge of 20 million dollars more and a clarified plan to use China’s One belt One Road initiative as the backbone of global healthcare reforms targeting women, children, teens and emergencies. This is just the latest in China’s growing trend of commitment to global health, clearly a different tone than that being set by US President Donald Trump whose most recent budget proposal saw him attempting to slash international healthcare funding by 1/3. Although China has been engaging in health aid from the Mao era on, China’s “global health” journey really began eleven years ago for China, after the SARS epidemic, with an overhaul of their own healthcare system called the Rural Co-operative Medical Care System. This initiative extended healthcare options to China’s 800 million rural resident and expanded China’s current healthcare coverage to 94.7% of its population


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