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Launch of AMCs in Rome

Gordon Brown at the launch of the AMCGreetings from Rome, where Italy, Canada, Russia, Norway and the UK, with the World Bank, GAVI and the Gates Foundation, have launched the first Advance Markets Commitment. The first AMC will target pneumococcal disease, costing about $1.5 billion and expected to prevent more than 5 millions deaths by 2030.

Advance Market Commitment for Vaccines To Be Announced in Rome

Reuters reported Wednesday that a group of wealthy countries including Italy, Britain, Canada and Norway will announce in Rome on Friday a $1.5 billion advance market commitment to purchase vaccines to prevent pneumococcus, which kills more than a than a million kids each year in the developing world, through illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis.

US Global AIDS Funding Restored: The Highs and the Lows

How often do you get more money than you ask for? Not that often and probably less so when it has to do with helping poor countries to improve their citizens' health. In a surprising but welcome move on January 29th, the House Appropriations Committee filed their joint continuing resolution for FY 2007 to complete the unfinished federal funding bills for the current fiscal year 07. While most programs were funded at FY06 levels a few "High Priority Needs" were selected for increased investments.

European AIDS Ambassadors Come to Washington

Recognizing that a global epidemic requires a global response, 5 European AIDS Ambassadors came to Washington this week to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. At a public event co-sponsored by CGD and CSIS, Ambassadors from Belgium, France, Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden emphasized that European and American policymakers largely agreed on how AIDS programs should be designed and delivered.

Hundreds of Thousands Saved: A Measles Success Story

The numbers are in! The Measles Initiative, which set out to halve the global measles burden between 1999 and 2005, has surpassed its goal with a 60 percent reduction. A new Lancet study (subscription required) reports an estimated drop in measles deaths from 873,000 in 1999 to 345,000 in 2005 (based on a natural history model to evaluate mortality trends).

Budget Cuts & Lost Trust

In spite of the endless analysis and hovering media attention during the new Congress's "100 hours," one of the first major budget decisions has somehow gone largely unnoticed: the Democrats decided to nix the Republican's 2007 budget request and continue funding programs at FY06 levels. As Desmond Tutu wrote in Monday's Washington Post, the effects of this decision could be tragic for many Africans infected or affected by HIV/AIDS:

Budget Cuts & Lost Trust

In spite of the endless analysis and hovering media attention during the new Congress's "100 hours," one of the first major budget decisions has somehow gone largely unnoticed: the Democrats decided to nix the Republican's 2007 budget request and continue funding programs at FY06 levels. As Desmond Tutu wrote in Monday's Washington Post, the effects of this decision could be tragic for many Africans infected or affected by HIV/AIDS:

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