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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;

Contracting for Health: When Does It Work? Why Does It Work?

Can contracting with private health providers increase coverage of basic health services among poor populations? According to April Harding of the World Bank, who spoke today at a packed CGD seminar today, the answer is a resounding “yes.” April presented work that she and colleague Benjamin Loevinsohn have done to examine 10 experiences in contracting for health in the developing world, including the cases of Cambodia, Pakistan, Haiti and other countries.

CGD Panel Advises MCA on Health Indicators

Later this year, the MCC will be assessing the quality and appropriateness of its health sector indicators, and is seeking input from the expert community about optimal metrics to consider. In response to this opportunity, and recognizing that other agencies also use a small number of indicators for similar purposes and may benefit from systematic analysis of the issue, CGD organized a working group to recommend prospective health indicators.

Russia Set to Lose International HIV/AIDS Funding

According to the Associated Press, Russia’s recent classification as an upper middle income country by the World Bank means that the nation is no longer eligible for multi-lateral assistance for HIV/AIDS, including new grants from the Global Fund. The country will continue to receive disbursements from on-going grants (approximately $250 million over the next 5 years) and other bilateral sources, including the U.S. Government.

Just Say No to The Gambia

Rumor has it that the MCC Board is deliberating whether or not to suspend The Gambia's eligibility for MCA assistance. Well, it's about time...and could distinguish the MCC from other foreign aid agencies by its ability to cut off partners for bad behavior.

WHO leadership needed in wake of J.W. Lee's untimely death

JW LeeThe untimely death of Dr. Lee Jong-wook, Director General of the World Health Organization, after emergency brain surgery has surely left the delegates to the just-opened World Health Assembly reeling. We respectfully acknowledge the many contributions of Dr. Lee, an early campaigner against TB in the developing world, and note his passing with sorrow.

A Policy is a Policy, Unless It's a…

In the past two weeks, Federal Courts in Washington DC and New York City have ruled on two related and closely-watched cases that pitted US Government Contractors against USAID and the US Government over the interpretation of the PEPFAR language regarding prostitution. The prostitution policy requires all recipients of USG funding under PEPFAR - both U.S.