July 22, 2012

Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

Communications Officer

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test. Developed by OraSure Technologies, the test is 92 percent accurate and will cost less than $20.

A recent article in IRIN News highlights the serious need for new antibiotic drugs worldwide, and discusses the potential of public-private partnerships to boost antibiotic discoveries.

The United Nations (UN) is urging countries to impose various innovative financing mechanisms in an effort to raise money to offset cutbacks in development aid. The UN hopes that coordinated taxes on carbon emissions, air traffic, currency transactions, and other taxes could raise more than $400 billion a year.

Global Health Initiative (GHI) leaders announced last week that the GHI office will be phased out at the State Department. According to GHI Executive Director Lois Quam, the GHI office will be replaced by the State Department’s new Office of Global Health Diplomacy.