Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

As future of Trans-Pacific Partnership moves to the House of Representatives, we’re reading about the selling of a treaty and its trade-offs

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Following the Senate vote last week allowing White House trade promotion authority, or “fast-track” authority to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future trade deals through Congress without amendment or debate, the House of Representatives will consider the legislation. In the meantime, we’re reading continuing questions surrounding the TPP, and surrounding support for a deal reached […]

Ebola takes center stage in Geneva a year after first appearance in Conakry

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Meanwhile, crisis continues, while future readiness remains an open question Ebola had already hit the big time, making its first appearance in a capital city nearly two months earlier, when the 67th World Health Assembly convened last year. Still, the highly infectious and deadly viral disease, which by then had been reported in three west […]

WHO report reveals awareness of antimicrobial resistance low, risks are high worldwide

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Out of 47 African countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, only eight gave responses to questions on what they know about the impact on their populations of resistance to drugs that treat infections, and on what they are doing to combat it. Only one of the countries had a national plan to combat antimicrobial […]

Localizing aid: “The definition is very subjective”

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When the topic is localizing aid, what counts as “local?” Does it mean having a main office in Washington DC office and also in the Lusaka, the capital of Zambia? Or does it mean “indigenous, organic, homegrown?” Perhaps one is “local,” and the other is “local, local,” Karen Sichinga, head of the Churches Health Association […]