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U.S. Congress Should Pass PAHPA To Support Preparedness

STAT: Congress needs to back legislation supporting disaster preparedness Nicolette Louissaint, executive director of Healthcare Ready “…Aimed at reauthorizing an earlier law, [the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018] would ensure that the U.S. is poised to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to threats that could…

More News In Global Health

Agence France-Presse: ‘Forced’ sterilization of Brazilian woman sparks uproar (Smith, 6/14). Fast Company: How satellite imagery could combat infectious diseases around the world (Terdiman, 6/13). Financial Times: HIV treatment breakthrough boosts GSK (Neville, 6/14). Reuters: GSK’s two-drug HIV treatment meets main goal in late-stage studies (Nair, 6/14). IRIN: Q&A: How…

Common Malaria Treatment Might Not Fully Treat Some Children, Pregnant Women, Study Shows

VOA News: Malaria Drug May Fall Short for Children, Pregnant Women “The most widely used antimalarial therapy may not fully treat some children and pregnant women, according to a new study. These patients’ bloodstreams contained lower concentrations of one active ingredient compared to adults who aren’t pregnant. … But experts…

More News In Global Health

CIDRAP News: Rift Valley fever sickens 10 in Kenya, triggers response (Schnirring, 6/12). Devex: Ghana PPP pilots breakthrough insecticide to fight mosquito resistance (Pallares, 6/12). The Guardian: ‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote (Kim, 6/13). Inter Press Service: Project Population: Addressing Asia’s Aging…

African Leaders Should Allocate More Funding, Forge New Partnerships To Boost Continent’s Scientific Capabilities

Project Syndicate: Strengthening African Science Esther Ngumbi, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute “…Any good leader knows that scientific discovery and innovation fuels progress, facilitates development, and can help tackle issues like food insecurity, water shortages, and climate change. And…

2 Childhood Vaccines Responsible For Saving 1.45M Lives Since 2000, Study Shows

VOA News: Vaccines Make Major Dent in Child Deaths from Pneumonia, Meningitis “[Two childhood vaccines] have saved 1.45 million children’s lives this century, according to a new study. … The bacteria targeted by the shots, Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), are major causes of…

WHO ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Ending DRC Ebola Outbreak Soon

Agence France-Presse: WHO predicts Ebola outbreak in DR Congo could end soon “The director general of the World Health Organization said Sunday he believed a swift end could be put to the outbreak of Ebola in northwestern DR Congo, … which has left 27 people dead over the past month.…

U.S. BARDA Announces New Funding Initiative For Development Of Health Care Products

Forbes: An Unlikely Biotech Investor: The Government “…This year …, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), took the opportunity at BIO to make a major program announcement regarding a new funding initiative called DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures). … DRIVe’s mission will be to accelerate research,…

DRC Confirms 1 New Ebola Case; 62 Total Cases Reported, 27 Deaths

Associated Press: Congo says new confirmed Ebola case; outbreak marks 1 month “Congo’s health ministry says another Ebola case has been confirmed as the pace of new cases slows one month after the outbreak was officially declared…” (Mwanamilongo/Petesch, 6/8). Additional reporting on the Ebola outbreak, including information on prevention efforts…

U.S. House Committee Requests New Director Of WHO’s IARC Testify At July Hearing

Reuters: U.S lawmakers seek answers from new head of WHO’s cancer agency “A U.S. congressional committee called on Thursday for the newly elected director of the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency to testify at a July hearing on its operations in an ongoing dispute about the agency’s scientific conclusions.…

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