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Bill Gates Reflects On Visit To Ghana To Learn About Immunization Program

“I arrive in Ghana today to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Ghana’s approach works so well for a few key reasons: Rigorous…

Researchers Examine Performance Of Africa’s Expanded Programme On Immunization

In a paper published in PLoS Medicine last week, researchers from the Vaccines for Africa Initiative at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine examine the performance of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Africa since its inception in 1974. “With the 2015 deadline…

Bill Gates Tours Ghana’s Health System, Discusses Polio Eradication

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is currently in Ghana to assess the country’s health systems,” Ventures Africa reports. Gates “touched down in Accra March 25, 2013, and says he is in Ghana to get firsthand information on why the country’s immunization system is working so…

Rebel Coup, Looting Hampering Humanitarian Aid Delivery In CAR

“A rebel-led weekend coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) took place against a backdrop of worsening humanitarian conditions in many parts of the country, with access to affected populations severely restricted,” IRIN reports. The Séléka rebel group overtook the capital of Bangui on March 24, causing President François Bozizé to…

Increasing Transparency Would Help China Strengthen Its Role In Global Health Development

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) blog, Victoria Fan, a research fellow at CGD, describes a panel session during the 4th Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) recently held in Washington, D.C. “The speakers briefly discussed China’s history in international health activities …, different kinds of…

Innovative Financing For Global Health Issues Discussed At Nairobi Meeting

As more countries prepare to introduce a voluntary travel tax to help fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID and a U.N. special advisor on innovative development financing said at a recent event in Nairobi, Kenya, that “the airline levy gives participating developing nations an opportunity to contribute to treatment in their countries rather than depending on handouts from the developed world,” the Standard reports. “Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar and Mauritius are applying the airline levy, while Benin, Burkina Faso and Kenya have said they will introduce it,” according to the Standard.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Review Examines Progress On Dengue Vaccine “The spread of dengue virus throughout the tropics represents a major, rapidly growing public health problem with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk of dengue fever and the life-threatening disease, severe dengue,” write the authors of a Lancet Infectious Diseases…

Also In Global Health News: Germany HIV/AIDS Grant; Sumatra Water Situation; India’s Unlicensed Doctors; Land Ownership, Food Security

Germany Grants $34M For HIV/AIDS Work In Central Africa The Organisation for the Coordination of the Struggle Against Epidemics in Central Africa (OCEAC) on Tuesday announced that the German government has granted $34 million to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in central Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. “The Germany-backed project…

Reuters Examines China’s Involvement In Fighting Malaria In Africa

Chinese scientists have been working on enhancing “the rare sweet wormwood shrub, from which artemisinin – the best drug to fight malaria – is derived” in an effort to fight malaria “not on its own soil, where the deadly disease has been sharply pruned back, but in Africa, where it still kills one child every 30 seconds,” Reuters reports.

Kenya To Launch MSM Survey To Help Control Spread Of HIV

TIME examines the Kenyan government’s upcoming survey of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the country’s “three biggest cities” in an effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. The survey, which will launch next year, “is considered a landmark because the government and the vast majority of Kenyan people have long refused to address homosexuality in the fight against AIDS,” the magazine writes.