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Devex Previews Key Foreign Aid Portions Of White House FY17 Budget Request

Devex: What to expect from Obama’s FY17 budget request “President Barack Obama will release his 2017 budget request Tuesday, and U.S. aid advocates are eagerly waiting to see how key program areas fare. Already Obama has offered hints — and even some clear indications — of what he will ask…

Latin American Health Authorities Face Challenges In Preventing Zika But Use Many Methods

Agence France-Presse: Fish, other mosquitoes now warriors in Zika battle “With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world’s latest mass health scare…” (Marquez et al., 2/10). Associated Press: In Central America, gangs an…

Experts Say Zika Focus Must Remain On Disease’s Consequences, Surveillance, Prevention

VOA News: Expert: Focus on Zika’s Consequences, Not Disease Itself “… ‘The problem with the Zika virus is not the disease itself,’ Dr. Ronald Waldman told VOA’s ‘Straight Talk Africa’ on Wednesday. … Therefore, he said, the task ahead is to understand more about the consequences of the disease, notably…

Number Of Guillain-Barré Cases Rising In Zika-Affected Nations But No Proven Link Between Virus, Syndrome, WHO Says

HealthDay News: WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones “More cases of the rare but potentially devastating neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome are appearing in some Latin American countries where the Zika virus is also present, according to the World Health Organization…” (Thompson, 2/15). Reuters: Guillain-Barré on rise in…

Debate Over Abortion Access In Zika-Hit Nations Continues; Latin American Catholic Leaders Reassert Church’s Position Against Contraception, Abortion

Associated Press: Brazil’s Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash “…Alarm in recent months over the Zika virus, which many researchers believe can cause microcephaly in the fetuses of pregnant women, has prompted calls, both inside and outside Brazil, to loosen a near-ban on abortion in the world’s most populous Catholic country.…

Innovative Technology, ‘Interoperability’ Critical To Strengthening West Africa’s Health Information Systems

Medium’s “USAID 2030”: Building a More Resilient West Africa: How Open Innovation Can Help Ann Mei Chang, chief innovation officer and executive director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, discusses U.S. efforts to use innovative technology to strengthen health information systems in West Africa, emphasizing the need for “interoperability,”…

Investment In, Coordination Of R&D Essential To Responding To Global Infectious Disease Threats

Nature: Policy: Security spending must cover disease outbreaks Tadataka Yamada, commissioner on the Global Health Risk Framework Commission and venture partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners; V. Ayano Ogawa, associate program officer for the Global Health Risk Framework Commission at the U.S. National Academy of Medicine; and Maria Freire, commissioner on…

Senate To Consider 3 Proposals For Emergency Zika Funding Next Week

Associated Press: Senate deal reached on reduced Zika funding measure “Top Senate negotiators announced agreement Thursday on a $1.1 billion emergency funding measure to battle the Zika virus. That’s less than President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request, which has upset some senior Democrats…” (Taylor, 5/12). CQ News: Senate Appropriators Forge…