INNOVATION FOR GLOBAL HEALTH: News from the GHTC

US program aims to transform medical research and education in Africa

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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.

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USAID launches Grand Challenges for Development

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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.

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Agency spotlight: US Department of State

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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.

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 Photos (top to bottom):Richard Lord, Mike Wang, and Phillipe Blanc

 

March 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS



March 30, 2011
Improving TB diagnosis: knowing the path is not the same as walking

March 31, 2011
The polio vaccine: A dose of prevention

April 4, 2011
Innovation in vaccine financing: Assessing progress and envisioning future progress

April 16-17
Unite for sight global health and innovation 2011 conference

 

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

GHTC director and USAID advisor stress importance of science and technology in international development

Center for Global Health R&D Policy Assessment releases new report on prizes

Bill introduced in Senate to amend FDA’s priority review voucher program 

HIV/AIDS vaccine research contributing to development in Kenya, blog post says

Experts examine gaps in global health research

Science and technology should be leveraged to improve women's health worldwide, opinion piece says

Presidential commission announces panel to examine current protections for global clinical trials

Obama Administration releases new details on the Global Health Initiative

FDA head calls for bolstered regulatory efforts to ensure drug safety worldwide

New resource demonstrates the benefits of global health research


MEMBER FOCUS

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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