Health

Scary: Report Shows Global Spike in Resistant TB

A World Health Organization report shows increasing prevalence of hard-to-treat strains of Tuberculosis. And a funding gap to fight it.

Introducing MASSIVEGOOD: A Way That Air Travellers Can Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

A new way to fund the delivery of AIDS, Malaria and TB treatments to the developing world.

The ACLU is Suing USAID

A lawsuit by the ACLU against USAID over abstinence education raises some important questions about U.S. foreign assistance.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing USAID, the US Agency for International Development, for refusing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests. The ACLU is seeking documents from July and September 2009 that relate to abstinence education programs supported by USAID.

King Tut Died of Malaria

But that shouldn't come as a shock. Malaria is one of humankind's oldest foes. The real news is that that we now have a real opportunity to fight the disease.

King Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh of

How Can the Gates Foundation Leverage Their Vaccine Funding?

Ruth Levine takes a new look at the Gates Foundation’s ten billion dollar vaccine promise, and identifies ways it can leverage that funding.

At the Center for Global Development’s Global Health blog today, Ruth Levine takes a new look at the Gates Foundation’s ten billion dollar vaccine promise. Her concern is that this huge funding commitment will crowd out other donors on immunization. She also has some suggestions for how to spend the money without pushing out other donors.

U.S. Global Aids Ambassador: HIV Budget for Africa Will Not Decrease

The Science Speaks blog interviewed Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS ambassador, on the newly released White House budget proposal.

The Science Speaks blog interviewed Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS ambassador, today.  In the interview he discusses the shift from being an activist to a government official, why the HIV budget for Africa is not going to decrease, and PEPFAR’s commitment to universal access.
Some highlights from the interview:

World Cancer Day

The International Atomic Energy Agency plays a little known role in cancer treatment in the developing world.

The IAEA doesn't just inspect nuclear sites. Today is World Cancer Day.

Bill Gates' Annual Letter for the Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation published Bill Gates’ annual letter yesterday. His focus was on innovation, and its importance in the future of our planet.

The Gates Foundation published Bill Gates’ annual letter yesterday. His focus was on innovation, and its importance in the future of our planet. It’s a long letter, and it covers all of the areas the foundation works in.

US Navy Hospital Ship Now in Port-au-Prince

The US Navy’s Hospital ship – the USNS Comfort – is on its way to Port-au-Prince. Situations like this are where hospital ships earn their keep.

The US Navy’s Hospital ship – the USNS Comfort – is on its way to Port-au-Prince. It’s already seeing trauma patients airlifted to the ship from an aircraft carrier off the coast of Haiti. Situations like this are where hospital ships earn their keep.
 

Pepsi Refresh Everything Project Fund

Every year mega companies spend millions of dollars getting a spot in the super bowl commercials. This year Pepsi however decided to use the money for a different purpose—funding innovative project ideas of various levels and sizes! Yes, you heard it right. They've decided to give money to YOU instead of the Super Bowl. The really cool thing is not only the ideas and projects can span a wide range of topics, but also be at different stages of development. They have grants as small as $5K for individuals looking for inspiration to get an idea off the ground, to those as big as $250K for organizations who can dedicate a lot of time and resources. More details on how to get started in this video:

Episode 5 of the AshokaTECH Podcast: Interview with Howard Weinstein

 

Photo copyright, Newsweek, 2008
On this week's episode of the AshokaTECH Podcast, host Alex Budak interviews social entrepreneur Howard Weinstein, who is giving the gift of hearing to thousands in the developing world.  Batteries for hearing aids cost about $1US per week, which can be incredibly cost-prohibitive.  Weinstein developed an innovative way of recharging the hearing aids through solar power, reducing cost dramatically and allowing thousands to use hearing aids when they otherwise would not be able to do so. 

Haiti's Coming Public Health Challenges

Haitians now face a daunting set of health challenges, including typhoid, dengue fever, malaria, and getting treatment for serious injuries.

Once you’ve survived the earthquake, what happens? Haitians now face a daunting set of health challenges, including typhoid, dengue fever, malaria, and getting treatment for serious injuries.

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