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Philip Kenol
What’s next for universal health coverage?

United Nations members unanimously adopted a high-level political declaration on universal health coverage (UHC), but while the adoption of the declaration is welcome news, in many ways it represents a starting point for the next phase of UHC, in which the thornier issues of financing, follow through, and accountability will rise to the forefront.

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Price addresses innovation, infectious diseases, NIH support at nomination hearings

At his nomination hearings, Secretary of Health and Human Services-designee Tom Price addressed global health and infectious diseases; innovation for rare diseases; support for health innovation, NIH, and priority setting for NIH-funded research. GHTC covers what he had to say.

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Research Roundup: Bacteria-sniffing dogs, vaccines for epidemics, and more

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

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The world keeps turning: WHO’s 140th Executive Board meeting begins

With the 140th World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board meeting commencing this week, GHTC takes a look at what's on the agenda and how it could impact global health R&D.

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Trump administration and global health research: What we’re watching for in 2017

As all eyes look toward President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, GHTC examines the policy issues we'll be tracking on in 2017.

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Research Roundup: A virus-killing mask, testing drugs on pregnant women, and DARPA’s global health portfolio

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

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Tillerson talks global health and development at Senate confirmation hearing

At his nomination hearing, Secretary of State–designee Rex Tillerson was questioned on women’s empowerment, family planning, development aid, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). GHTC covers what he had to say.

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Research Roundup: Roadkill reveals new drugs, bracelet saves preemies, and more

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

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A year in review: The top stories in global health innovation that shaped 2016

As the year comes to an end, GHTC is reflecting on the top stories in global health innovation that made news 2016. 

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David Jacobs
Research Roundup: Virus mapping, Zika complications, and antibiotic development

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

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Research Roundup: HIV drug resistance, the 21st Century Cures Act, and more

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

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PATH/Aaron Joel Santos
Research Roundup: A Zika treatment, an HIV cure, and a MERS vaccine

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

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A cornucopia of thanks

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, GHTC asked our members and staff to share what they are most thankful for in global health.

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Research Roundup: Long-lasting pills, HIV testing, and starving bacteria of iron

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

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Why GHTC is joining the call for an essential diagnostics list

An essential diagnostic list list in a smart, cost-effective idea that could advance diagnostic R&D and access.

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Research Roundup: Treating drug-resistant infections, Ebola virus mutations, and Zika vaccine clinical trials

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

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PATH/Katrina Peach
TB epidemic looms large in era of declining R&D funding

October 2016 delivered two sobering wake-up calls: The tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is larger than many realized, and TB R&D has has fallen to its lowest level in seven years.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Research Roundup: Cow antibodies, Zika’s impact on male fertility, and hepatitis C research

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

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DFID lays out vision to tackle global challenges through investments in research

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development released it’s first-ever research review, laying out a vision for how it will invest £390 million in research and technology per year over the next four years to tackle the world’s toughest challenges.

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Research Roundup: Gene editing, mosquito takeover, and decoys for drug resistance

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

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David Jacobs
Research Roundup: Pharmaceutical waste and superbugs, resistance to insecticides, and vaccines for crises

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

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