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Blog Highlights Recent Global Health News, Including Kerry Testimony On Disability Treaty

In a news summary, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog notes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testified last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Convention of the Rights of People With Disabilities. The blog also highlights a statement from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel…

To Continue Progress, African Leaders Must Boost Domestic Health Funding

“In the last 10 years, Africa has transformed itself from the stereotype of a dark continent of death, disease and destruction to one of triumph and growth,” Mustapha Kaloko, commissioner for social affairs for the African Union Commission, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “Today, according to IMF…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 30 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue examines efforts to improve prevention, treatment and care for tuberculosis for poor garment workers in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh ranks within the top 10 of the 22 countries considered…

‘Spirit Of Shared Responsibility’ In Africa Can Help To Defeat AIDS, TB And Malaria

“Africa has shown us how we can build partnerships that can help us invest for maximum impact, especially in our fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Big Push” blog. “The shared…

Expert Cautious Over Global Fund’s New TB/HIV Funding Strategy, Devex Reports

“Groups advocating for [tuberculosis (TB)] elimination are hailing a new Global Fund proposed strategy that could raise coverage of the disease’s treatment, but an [unnamed] expert warns it entails some risks,” Devex reports. The recommendation — “that countries with high TB and HIV co-infection applying for Global Fund support only…

U.S. Should Continue, Expand TB Technical Assistance

“Through [USAID], the [CDC], and [PEPFAR], the U.S. provides either directly or indirectly more than 70 percent of external technical assistance provided to national TB programs, according to WHO estimates. The U.S. also is a major supporter of the Global Fund, pledging nearly a third of the organization’s funding since…

TB Activists Demand Zero Deaths, New Infections, Stigma At International Conference

“Tuberculosis (TB) activists and representatives of affected communities stormed the opening of the Stop TB Symposium at the [44th Union World Conference on Lung Health on Wednesday] in Paris, demanding faster progress towards eliminating TB and a target of zero TB deaths,” a Stop TB Partnership press release reports. Treatment…

Continued Investment Necessary To Maintain, Improve Progress Against TB

In order to defeat tuberculosis (TB), “we need to invest in treatment and ensure that it reaches all those who are infected because otherwise, we will not be able to break the back of this epidemic,” Lucy Chesire, executive director and secretary to the Board of the TB ACTION Group,…

MSF Releases Report On TB Prevention, Treatment R&D Landscape

“Without a new approach to developing and pricing new tuberculosis (TB) medicines, the global TB response will be unable to deliver the new treatment combinations needed to close the deadly treatment gap for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB),” Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned Wednesday at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung…

Blogs Examine Report On TB R&D Funding

“The 2013 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends: 2005-2012 presents eight years of funding data” and “finds that after seven years of slow and unsteady increases in funding, TB [research and development (R&D)] investors reported a drop in spending in 2012 that threatens to undermine the tenuous gains made since…

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