Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Ebola: “You can’t say we didn’t know,” says a doctor returned from West Africa

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“I don’t want to say ‘what has been allowed to occur, so I’ll backtrack, and say, ‘what has occurred’ . . .” Dr. Dan Lucey is an infectious disease physician who teaches about epidemics at Georgetown University, but when he spoke there last week about his experiences treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and Liberia […]

Suspended by USAID for “serious misconduct” contractor lists projects “making a world of difference for communities affected by HIV/AIDS”

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USAID cites “zero tolerance for mismanagement of American taxpayer funds,” but HIV contracts followed years of reports of contractor’s high salaries, dubious results The nonprofit contractor that USAID announced Monday it had suspended after investigations revealed “serious misconduct [in its] performance, management, internal controls and present responsibility,” saw its fortunes leap from $1.2 million a […]

Americans support global health spending over other foreign aid spending

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Americans are more supportive of U.S. spending to improve global health than other foreign aid spending, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Improving access to clean water and children’s health top the list of global health priorities for most Americans, with 57 percent saying improving access to clean water should be top priority, […]

Sofosbuvir patent rejection offers chance of affordable effective hepatitis C treatment as studies highlight possibilities of drug

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This is turning out to be a big week for hopes of treatment and cures for some of the 185 million people worldwide living with hepatitis C, and for possibilities of lowering global incidence of the liver-damaging, cancer-causing disease. First, two studies added to what is known about the potential of a drug used in […]

Frieden on Ebola: With “no alternative but to get to zero,” challenges remain getting, staying there

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When health response leaders gathered in Washington, DC this morning to deliver updates on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the progress gained in recent months was evident as much in what they didn’t discuss as what they did. The panel didn’t come to describe overflowing treatment wards, health workers sweltering in protective gear as […]