Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Obama names NSC Development and Democracy director Gayle Smith to head USAID

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President Obama today nominated a member of his administration whose leadership of health and humanitarian responses included guiding development of the U.S. Global Health Initiative and the Global Health Security Agenda to be the next head of the United States Agency for International Development. Gayle Smith, now director of  Development and Democracy  at the National […]

HIV response in Zambia calls attention to cancer’s toll

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When antiretroviral treatment finally came to the people who needed it in Zambia, the HIV epidemic  had produced another challenge there: People were dying of cancers that are routinely diagnosed and treated in wealthy countries. For a country where still-growing HIV and tuberculosis epidemics had overwhelmed an ill-equipped and under-financed health system and depleted its […]

Ebola outbreak changes meaning of health systems strengthening

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West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak are shifting the scope of health systems strengthening to build resilient health systems that can deal with a variety of challenges, said panelists at a CSIS forum last week. Affected countries are developing recovery plans that put health systems strengthening at the forefront, but are pushing for strengthening […]

One more need in Ebola-stricken countries: Strategies to deal with survivors’ long-term health needs

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Study looks at persistent impact of Ebola virus infection More than two years after surviving an Ebola virus that killed 39 people in Uganda, adults reported chronic debilitating health issues that included vision problems, hearing loss, headaches, joint pain, memory deficits, confusion, and trouble carrying out routine work activities, a study published today in The […]

In Zambia, an infectious disease response aims for excellence: “This is what a local organization looks like”

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When Dr. Charles Holmes left the office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator  for Zambia at the end of 2012, he had a plan that was both modest and ambitious. He was going to use what he had learned as chief medical officer for the world’s largest program dedicated to a single disease, and build […]

New initiative puts research funding for Africa into hands of Africans

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For decades, the research agenda in Africa has been set by funders from Western Europe and the United States, but a new initiative puts control of managing Africa-focused research programs into the hands of Africans. The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) aims to be the African hub for peer-reviewing and managing […]