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As you can tell, we've been pretty busy these past few weeks while we've moved over to the new Global Health Policy blog. In the process, we missed some news and links worth mentioning here, albeit belatedly:

Vaccines

  • Adel Mahmoud (former president of Merck Vaccines) was named president of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise

  • South Africa committed $1 million per year to the International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm) over 20 years
  • Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation opened its new manufacturing facility on March 23rd, with sufficient capacity to produce 150 million doses per year

Tuberculosis

  • In honor of World TB Day on March 24th, the Lancet devoted several articles to the topic, including an essay officially launching the new Stop TB strategy

  • A subsequent Lancet study found that the BCG vaccine is still a cost-effective intervention

Health Systems

Nutrition

  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) received a $20 million Gates Foundation grant to scale up its fortification activities

HIV/AIDS

  • Former President Clinton announced support for mandatory HIV testing

  • The GAO released a controversial report concluding that the abstinence spending requirement within PEPFAR has undermined other prevention efforts, including condom promotion among high-risk groups and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
  • WHO released a report on "lessons learned" from the 3 by 5 initiative on March 28th. The following day, Kevin De Cock began his appointment as the new WHO HIV/AIDS Director.
  • HIV/AIDS Monitor team members at CGD have posted on the Views from the Center blog here and here, and were also quoted in a recent post on the TIME Global Health blog.

Other CGD Health News

  • The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently held a hearing on the importance of effectively evaluating development assistance programs, including testimony by CGD's Ruth Levine and Bill Easterly. Ruth's testimony can be found here, along with a full transcript of the hearing. (Bill Savedoff had previously posted about CGD's work on impact evaluation on Views from the Center.)

  • Ruth also spoke at the recent International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases about the linkages between security and health, with particular attention to the case of avian flu. You can read about her experience on Views from the Center.

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