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Obama Administration Announces Plan To Address Antibiotic Drug Resistance

The Hill: Obama unveils $1.2B plan to tackle drug-resistant bacteria “President Obama on Friday announced a long-awaited national plan to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which he called one of the world’s ‘most pressing’ public health crises. It is the first White House plan to specifically address antibiotic resistance, which causes 2 million…More

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U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More

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Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Fact Sheet On U.S. Govt & Global TB

Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and Global Tuberculosis This updated fact sheet discusses U.S. government global TB efforts and funding, global statistics related to the disease, and international goals to control and treat TB (3/20).

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Success Of SDGs Requires Sustained International Commitment, Strong Accountability Mechanisms

Project Syndicate: Another Great Leap Forward for Development Javier Solana, president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution “…Without strong accountability mechanisms, the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will amount to little more than an exercise in raising awareness, effectively subordinating the health, dignity, and prosperity of…More


Senators call on White House for bold TB Action Plan

Categories: Drug Resistance, TBWith the deadline for submitting a national action plan to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis quickly approaching, a group of Senators has sent a letter to the White House applauding the Obama Administration on taking steps to combat the disease that kills more than 4,000 people every day. The plan – due to the White House on […](Read more…)


Leaders, advocates, researchers, clinicians call for universal immediate HIV treatment access

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingTags: Chris Beyrer, Deborah Birx, Julio Montaner, Lilian Mworeko, Mark Dybul, Michel Sidibe, Vancouver ConsensusA commentary published online today in The Lancet co-authored by leaders of global funding agencies and organizations as well as leading researchers, clinicians, and civil society workers responding to HIV globally calls for immediate access to antiretroviral treatment for all people infected with HIV, without rationing based on geographic location or advanced state of illness. […](Read more…)


Ambitious new U.S. plan may put hundreds of thousands on MDR-TB treatment

Categories: Research and Development, TB, U.S. Policy and FundingThe United States plans to place 360,000 multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients globally on treatment over the next five years, as part of a national tuberculosis action plan currently under draft. The plan – which is due to be submitted to the White House in September – aims to promote universal MDR-TB treatment, accelerate basic TB research, […](Read more…)


Healthcare In Danger: what happens when it all goes wrong?

This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, emergency physician and humanitarian & global health doctor, Jenny Jamieson, writes about some of the tacit dangers of delivering healthcare in low-resource settings. As healthcare workers, some of us travel to resource-limited settings to deliver care where needs are the greatest. Due to various factors, which range from economic inequality among citizens, political instability, natural disasters, conflict or warfare, many of these places are also some of the most dangerous. As a result, healthcare workers can find themselves working side-by-side to crime; and even becoming the target of directed threats or violence. Those who are willing to put themselves on the front line in order to help others, can themselves end up being actively targeted


White House Publishes Several Documents Related To G7 Summit Discussions

The White House: G7 Leaders’ Declaration The declaration describes several topics discussed by world leaders at the recent G7 summit in Germany, including the global economy and women’s entrepreneurship; global politics and security; Ebola, antimicrobial resistance, and neglected tropical diseases; climate change and the environment; and the sustainable development agenda (6/8). The White House: Annex…More


Emerging doctors call for action on global epidemic: non-communicable disease

This week, special guest-bloggers and Australian doctors-in-training, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Martin of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, call for greater focus, discussion and action on the world’s leading causes of death. In March this year, the Australian government released the 2015 Intergenerational report revealing a prediction of the economic and social trends over the next 40 years. There’s some fantastic news; children born in the middle of this century are projected to live greater than 95 years. Importantly, this increase in life expectancy will involve an improved quality of life and Australians will be more prosperous in real terms. However, the report comes with a warning.


It’s time we had that talk.

This week, Dr Alessandro Demaio writes from his home country of Australia. A ‘downunder’ perspective with a global relevance – he asks why we aren’t talking more, about the challenges we all face together, and sets you a challenge. There are very few things that keep me awake at night, these days. I manage to sleep even with the growing burden of obesity around us and the nonsensical insistence in our societal and political rhetoric that despite two-thirds of us being now affected in Australia (combined with overweightedness), it is still pushed as a problem born in individual laziness and ignorance. Blind to the broken system we inhabit


How Well Are States Respecting the Health of Undocumented People?

  A new report released by the University of California Global Health Institute and the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America Read More


Obama Administration Announces Plan To Address Antibiotic Drug Resistance

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The Hill: Obama unveils $1.2B plan to tackle drug-resistant bacteria “President Obama on Friday announced a long-awaited national plan to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which he called one of the world’s ‘most pressing’ public health crises. It is the first White House plan to specifically address antibiotic resistance, which causes 2 million…More


U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

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Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More


Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Fact Sheet On U.S. Govt & Global TB

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Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and Global Tuberculosis This updated fact sheet discusses U.S. government global TB efforts and funding, global statistics related to the disease, and international goals to control and treat TB (3/20).


HIV Exceptionalism in Sierra Leone: An Interview with Adia Benton

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  I recently read the book HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, by Adia Benton, a medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Brown Read More


Oxfam America Report Examines Feed The Future Initiative

Oxfam America’s “Politics of Poverty”: Is Feed the Future leading to lasting improvements to global food security? Emmanuel Tumusiime, a researcher on economic justice and agriculture at Oxfam America, discusses Oxfam America’s new report analyzing the impact of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. The “framework of analysis emphasized four key themes: inclusiveness, empowerment,…More


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