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World Bank Launches Public-Private Infrastructure Initiative

Reuters: World Bank launches public-private infrastructure plan “The World Bank on Thursday launched a new initiative that would bring together governments, development institutions, and private investors to form public-private partnerships for infrastructure. The initiative, known as the Global Infrastructure Facility, would structure projects to attract long-term investors such as pension…

Search Is On For New Slate Of Malaria ‘Wonder Drugs’

Devex: Complete cure Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More “…With hundreds of millions of people infected with malaria around the globe every year, effective treatment may be the difference between ending the disease and humanitarian disaster. … Our current front-line treatments for malaria, called artemisinin-based combination therapies, underscore the…

Tackling TB In India Requires Both Public, Private Sector Engagement

The Hindu: Fighting India’s silent epidemic Soumya Swaminathan, director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, and Chapal Mehra, New Delhi-based writer “Over 60 percent of all Indians seek health care in the private sector, according to India’s last National Family Health Survey. … Even though parallel…

International Entities Helping To Prevent HIV Drug Shortage In India

Reuters: Pharmaceutical companies, WHO help India in HIV/AIDS drug crisis “Indian companies and global health groups are stepping up efforts to provide a critical medicine for the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs program after more than 150,000 patients risked going without their dosages this month. Delayed tender approvals and poor coordination…

Investigational Rotavirus Vaccine In Late-Stage Clinical Trials

Reuters: Sanofi’s Rotavirus vaccine enters late-stage trials “French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday an investigational vaccine designed by its Shantha Biotechnics unit to protect young children from severe diarrhea had entered late-stage clinical trials in India. The vaccine is aimed at rotavirus infections which cause gastroenteritis…” (Callus, 10/14).

Zuckerberg Donates $25M To U.S. Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s donation of $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation’s Ebola fund. The Hill: Zuckerberg gives $25M to CDC Ebola fund (Hattem, 10/14). PBS NewsHour: Mark Zuckerberg to give $25M to fight Ebola (Morris, 10/14). USA TODAY:…

China Sends Experimental Ebola Drug To Africa For Clinical Trials

News outlets report that China has sent an experimental drug developed by its military to Africa for clinical trials. Financial Times: China sends thousands of doses of anti-Ebola drug to Africa “China has sent thousands of doses of an experimental anti-Ebola drug developed by the Chinese military to Africa. The…

Opinion Pieces Recognize Global Handwashing Day

The following opinion pieces discuss Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15. Huffington Post: Global Handwashing Day in the Time of Ebola Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Myriam Sidibe, global social mission director at Unilever-Lifebuoy “…On this Global Handwashing Day, let’s commit ourselves to…

NGOs Work With African Pharmacies To Stop Malaria

Newsweek: Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in Africa? “…In the U.S., if you want an antimalarial, you have to go see a doctor and get a prescription; this ensures that Americans are treated with only the best malaria drugs. But not in most African countries,…

Bloomberg To Fund Road Safety Programs In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

News outlets report on Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that he will fund road safety initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. Detroit News: Bloomberg donates $125 million for road safety “Billionaire Michael Bloomberg said Monday he will donate $125 million over the next five years to help reduce the rising number of…

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