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Gates To Commit $500M To Fight Malaria, Other Diseases

News outlets report on Bill Gates’s announcement on Sunday at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will commit more than $500 million in 2014 to fight developing world diseases and increase its annual…

Bill Gates Says Malaria Can Be Eradicated Within A Generation

Gates Notes: We Can Eradicate Malaria — Within a Generation Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates writes in his blog, “…Based on the progress I’m seeing in the lab and on the ground, I believe we’re now in a position to eradicate malaria — that is, wipe it…

High-Level Meeting Examines Global Fund’s New Funding Model For TB Financing

UNAIDS: High-level dialogue: making the Global Fund’s new funding model work for tuberculosis “…Greater commitment and resources are needed to mount an effective response to TB and a high-level round-table event examined how this can be done through the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis…

World Bank Pledges Additional $100M For Ebola HCWs In West Africa

Media sources report on a new World Bank pledge of an additional $100 million to help speed new health workers to West African nations affected by Ebola. Agence France-Presse: World Bank gives $100 mn for Ebola health workers in W. Africa “The World Bank said Thursday it was immediately providing…

HHS, Homeland Security Heads To Testify On Ebola At Senate Appropriations Hearing

The Hill: HHS, DHS chiefs to testify on Ebola funding “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the witnesses expected to testify on the government’s response to Ebola at an upcoming Senate Appropriations Committee hearing…” (Shabad, 10/30).

Ebola To Worsen Economies Of West African Nations, Experts Fear

News outlets report on the economic damage expected to occur in West Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries “The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the…

Cardiovascular Disease Top Health Challenge In Africa, But Funding Reflects Different Narrative

The Atlantic: Africa’s Top Health Challenge: Cardiovascular Disease “…[W]hile donors have poured resources into fighting infectious diseases, non-communicable, chronic diseases have quietly but rapidly ascended the morbidity and mortality ladders, especially high blood pressure, or hypertension. Today, cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa in adults…

Opinion Pieces Touch On Issues Related To Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss issues related to the ongoing Ebola epidemic. Washington Post: A global attention on disease gives Bill Gates his moment Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…In a tragic, unsought sense, this is [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill] Gates’s moment. The focus of his life –…

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