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‘Accelerated Investment’ Needed To Reach MDGs 4, 5

Huffington Post: Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director “With just 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we must all intensify our actions to hit our targets, especially the MDG 5 targets to reduce maternal death and achieve universal reproductive…

Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Success In Trials; DoD Funding Will Help Predict Outbreaks

Media outlets examine research toward a chikungunya vaccine. Bloomberg News: Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Virus Shows Promise in Tests “A novel vaccine developed by U.S. government researchers is showing promise against chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that started spreading this summer in the southern U.S…” (Cortez, 8/14). Reuters: Experimental chikungunya vaccine…

Earlier Responses Needed For Potential Famine In South Sudan

Washington Post: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it? Rick Noack, an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the Washington Post “…If governments and NGOs have known about the looming catastrophe in South Sudan for months and if early reactions could have saved thousands of…

More Remains To Be Done To Reach MDGs In Last 500 Days

Huffington Post: How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days? Ray Chambers, U.N. Special Envoy for Health Financing “…[W]ith only 500 days remaining, I find myself thinking about what can still be done to improve the chances of reaching [the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)]. Three things rise to the…

Military Spending In African Countries ‘Dwarfs’ HIV/AIDS, Health Budgets

Inter Press Service: What’s More Important, the War on AIDS or Just War? “They say there is a war on and its target is the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This war runs worldwide but its main battleground is sub-Saharan Africa … With many competing health problems, funding for AIDS…

PEPFAR, CIFF Launch Initiative To Expand Children’s Access To HIV Treatment

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation Launch $200 million Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative (ACT) to Save Lives “[Wednesday], the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the Children’s…

Domestic, Innovative Financing Will Advance Health Sector In Africa

Huffington Post: Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “… [T]his week’s summit provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made through U.S. investments in institutions such as the President’s Emergency Plan…

NPR Discusses PEPFAR’s Future With Ambassador Deborah Birx

NPR: Plotting The American Role In Fighting The AIDS Epidemic “… Melissa Block talks with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Birx oversees the program known as PEPFAR — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Birx talks about combating complacency, as well as the human rights issues…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss U.S. Approach To Ebola, African Aid

Opinion pieces and an editorial discuss the U.S. government’s approach to fighting Ebola and sending aid to Africa. Washington Post: Why Ebola worries the Defense Department Rick Noack, Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the Washington Post “While the public discourse on Ebola has so far been fixated on the public…

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