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Tuberculosis R&D “grossly insufficient” according to new report

Categories: TBThe global tuberculosis response and TB research and development remain weak and inadequate despite approval of the first new TB drugs in decades and a new global strategy to reduce TB incidence and mortality, according to Treatment Action Groups’ latest report. With just $255 million spent on TB research and development each year, funding is […](Read more…)

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Health Aid: Insights From A Review Of Cost-Effectiveness Studies

Health Aid Is Allocated Efficiently, But Not Optimally according to a new review of cost-effectiveness studies published in Health Affairs. Source: Health Aid Is Allocated Efficiently, Read More

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A Real Test for the GFF: Improving Maternal and Child Health in Conflict Settings

A highlight of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was the launch of a new Global Financing Facility (GFF) to end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. This partnership will bring together countries, UN agencies, multilateral groups, private sector investors, and civil society organizations in order to close the $33 billion annual funding gap for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH).

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Singapore Lifts Restrictions On Short-Term Visits By People Living With HIV; Ban Remains In…

Associated Press: Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors “Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months. The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, ‘given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore…More


State Department Blog Post Discusses USAID’s Maternal, Child Health Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Around the World in Videos: How USAID is Helping Curb Child and Maternal Deaths Alfonso E. Lenhardt, deputy administrator and acting administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), discusses USAID’s efforts to curb maternal and child deaths globally and presents four videos that represent snapshots of USAID’s efforts…More


USAID’s Global Development Lab Announces $10M For 45 New Global Research Projects

USAID: USAID Announces $10 Million in New Global Research Collaboration “The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab [on Friday] announced $10 million for 45 new research projects that will address evidence gaps and advance technical capacity in critical areas of development. Spanning 23 USAID partner countries, the 45 new projects are…More


Humanosphere Blog Posts Examine Attacks On Aid Workers

Humanosphere: Visualizing the disturbing trend of aid workers under attack Humanosphere founder Tom Paulson and Mugdha Galande, a Masters student at the University of Washington, present information and data visualizations on attacks on aid workers. “…As the interactive map below illustrates (based on data from the Aid Worker Security Database), these kind of attacks are…More


Health sector employment: a tracer indicator for universal health coverage in national Social…

Background: Health sector employment is a prerequisite for availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality (AAAQ) of health services.


Millions Face Ongoing Humanitarian Needs In Ukraine As Winter Approaches, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where millions need supplies ahead of winter “Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are facing…More


10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

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Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing


Being Black as a Global Health Hazard

In the US American media, relatively little attention has been devoted to a recent emergency in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to controversial legislation passed there Read More


Reducing Poverty In Central America Connected To Access To Water, Energy, Climate Resiliency

Inter Press Service: Water, Climate, Energy Intertwined with Fight Against Poverty in Central America “Central America’s toolbox to pull 23 million people — almost half of the population — out of poverty must include three indispensable tools: universal access to water, a sustainable power supply, and adaptation to climate change. ‘These are the minimum, basic,…More


Devex Interviews WaterAid Head Barbara Frost About WASH

Devex: ‘Step change’ needed to tackle WASH in the post-MDG era “…[E]nsuring safe drinking water for everyone shouldn’t be the only subject on the table [this week at World Water Week discussions in Stockholm, Sweden], according to WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost. … Below are some excerpts from our conversation with Frost, who is participating…More


WHO Promotes WASH As Strategy To Prevent NTDs

News outlets report on the WHO’s new global strategy to prevent neglected tropical diseases through improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Reuters: WHO promotes water, sanitation to battle neglected tropical diseases “Water, sanitation, and hygiene are part of a new World Health Organization strategy to fight neglected tropical diseases which afflict more than 1.5…More


U.N. Aid Agencies Reach South Sudanese Town Cut Off Since March Because Of Insecurity

U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian agencies reach thousands of South Sudanese cut off for months “Emergency relief teams from the United Nations have managed to reach more than 27,000 people in a town in South Sudan cut off by insecurity since March where ‘there were only some fish and a few tomatoes for sale in…More


Washington Post Examines Child Marriage In Bangladesh, Interviews Photojournalist Who…

Washington Post: The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen’: Child marriage is as popular as ever in Bangladesh “…Although [15-year-old] Nasoin Akhter’s marriage is technically illegal in Bangladesh, laws against child marriage are rarely enforced. And despite what government officials promise and the fact that outside organizations consider it a human rights violation, the practice…More


Myanmar Government, Agencies Respond With Humanitarian Aid To More Than 400K Flood Victims

The Lancet: Floods in Myanmar damage hundreds of health facilities “The Myanmar government and agencies are responding to extreme flooding that has covered vast swaths of the country, critically affected more than one million people. … [T]he cost of the floods will be high. 285 health facilities in 38 townships have been damaged, and more…More


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