US program aims to transform medical research and education in Africa
Earlier this month, US and African global health leaders hosted the inaugural meeting of a program that aims to transform and increase medical research and education in Africa. Called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the program assists institutions in sub-Saharan African countries that receive support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its partners to develop and enhance models of medical research and education.
USAID launches Grand Challenges for Development
The US Agency for International development announced a new program called Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. The program is designed to foster breakthrough ideas for prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in low-resource settings through grants to a variety of partners. The program leverages funds from international governments and international nongovernmental organizations and aims to provide $14 million for the first round of grant funding, with a goal of providing $50 million in grants over five years.
Agency spotlight: US Department of State
The US Department of State (State Department) is the federal agency charged with managing international relations for the United States. The State Department manages a number of health-related projects and has recently shown interest in emphasizing the role of science diplomacy in US foreign policy through programs such as the Global Health Initiative. Most recently, the State Department hosted a symposium with private and public sector partners to discuss finding innovative solutions to global health challenges.
Read more about the US Department of State and its recent symposium on global health
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GHTC member the Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH) recently announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted iOWH permission to begin Phase I trials for a drug to treat secretory diarrhea. The experimental treatment could be the first synthetic drug of its kind for diarrheal diseases.
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