A partnership to strengthen lab capacities, a poll presents Americans’ take on global outbreak responses and Zika, a new website, and more . . . We’re reading about health readiness

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NewWWRRole of Public-Private Partnerships in Meeting Healthcare Challenges in Africa – When, shortly before the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a group of delegates visited some of the African countries most affected by the HIV  pandemic, their immediate focus was on how, finally, to provide access to antiretroviral treatment to people who would die without it. This piece in the Journal of Infectious Diseases notes that improving laboratories’ capacities to test immune cell counts was a needed part of that then. The author, an executive at medical technology company Becton Dickinson tells how this understanding sparked a partnership between the company, PEPFAR and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that continues in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda, building lab safety and skills, and making testing and treatment for HIV and other diseases more sustainable and accessible. The CDC announced the latest results of the partnership here.

In-depth look at Zika perceptions in 2016 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health – About 80 percent of Americans have heard of Zika, about 60 percent know the virus causes birth defects, and about 75 percent perceive that access to birth control is inadequate for women in developing countries. Among the 80 percent who have heard anything of Zika, 90 percent believe the U.S. should invest in preventing the spread of the virus in the U.S. while 77 percent feel the U.S. should help women in affected countries access birth control. At the same time 58 percent believe the U.S. is doing enough to protect Americans from Zika, and 38 percent believe the U.S. is doing enough to protect women in South and Central America. Stay tuned — we are still waiting to find out what Congress thinks. And read the rest of the findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2016 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health. It indicates that the more people know, the more they understand that global health support matters. Among the most interesting findings shows the weight Americans give problems that could threaten the U.S.

Global Health Technologies Coalition unveils new website – The Global Health Technologies Coalition of more than 25 nonprofit organizations (including the one that produces this blog) working to inform and support policies to speed research and development of globally accessible diagnostic tests, vaccines, medicines and other health promoting tools, has a lot of complex and, of course technical, news to spread. Its new user-friendly website helps, with links to the coalition’s Breakthroughs blog, reports, fact sheets and other resources, news and announcements, and policy issues.

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