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New Global Health Workforce Alliance

The World Health Organization has just launched the new Global Health Workforce Alliance to help countries improve the way they plan for, educate and employ health workers. Specifically:

The Alliance will seek practical approaches to urgent problems such as improving working conditions for health professionals and reaching more effective agreements to manage their migration. It will also serve as an international information hub and monitoring body.

The End of Cervical Cancer?

Late last week, the Vaccine and Related Biological Products advisory committee at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously endorsed the petition for Merck’s forthcoming vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. The final decision from the FDA is expected on June 8 (see article in the Washington Post).

New Gates Foundation Grant to Support TB Drug R&D

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a new $104 million grant to the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development in order to:

  • Advance moxifloxacin into Phase III trials, with the goal of demonstrating its effectiveness for TB by 2010;
  • Pursue nine pre-clinical projects and identify the best of these compounds for clinical studies;
  • Work with policymakers, TB treatment providers and advocates to ensure that new TB drugs will be adopted and made accessible in developing countries;