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Ebola and the Accidental Consortia

April 2015 huffingtonpost; The global response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak was unusual. Mobilization of key players was relatively fast and once they entered the game these players — and the groundbreaking web of partnerships that emerged — accelerated the development and deployment of Ebola vaccines in unprecedented ways. GHIA …

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Right Things. Right Places. Right Now.

April 2015 huffingtonpost; Right things. Right places. Right now. Six simple words that are strategically guiding the largest U.S. foreign assistance program — PEPFAR — the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. I’ve been privileged to lead PEPFAR for a year now, working with countries to achieve the potential …

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Why Social Progress Matters

April 2015 ProjectSyndicate; Economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and improved the lives of many more over the last half-century. Yet it is increasingly evident that a model of human development based on economic progress alone is incomplete. A society which fails to address …

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Global Health Goal Hits and Misses

April 2015 councilonforeignrelations; This year marks the wind down of one hugely ambitious fifteen-year global development plan and the launch of another even more far-reaching one. At the moment, the new United Nations initiative—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—looks deeply flawed, featuring an encyclopedic wish-list for costly global accomplishments envisioned for …

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ZAMBIA: Marketing Health Care Services

April 2015 TimesofZambia; ZAMBIA has one of Africa’s fastest growing populations and generally population growth of any country poses many challenges, particularly those relating to health care services which are very critical to the sustenance of this growth. In the United States, health care is one of the nation’s largest …

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Fears for Global Health R&D After U.S. Budget Battle

April SciDevNet; Future research and development targeting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria may be at risk because of across-the-board federal cuts implemented last year by the United States, the largest funder of global health R&D, warns a report. The United States has helped fund the development of 53 …

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NIGERIA: Lagos Doctors to Begin Fresh Strike On Monday

March 2015 TheGuardian; DOCTORS in state-own hospitals in Lagos are set to down tools yet again, in protest over unpaid outstandings and persistent casualisation of workers in the health sector. The outstanding salaries are for months of May 2012, July, August and September 2014, during which the doctors were on …

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NIGERIA: When Politicians Are Not Talking Health

March 2015 Leadership; Given the kind of attention accorded it and its often poor budgetary allocation, it can be said that health has not really been given a pride of place in the country. Even in this current electioneering by political parties, the situation is not any different. WINIFRED OGBEBO …

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