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Dr. David Reddy
Saving two lives, not just one: medicines for malaria during pregnancy

An estimated 125 million pregnancies around the world are at risk from malaria annually. For both mother and baby, the disease is potentially life-threatening and babies that do survive are often born with low birth weight, which is associated with negative impact on development.

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Research Roundup: New TB drugs, the Global Development Lab, licensing agreements, emergency Ebola research, 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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New TB drug bedaquiline: Weighing the benefits against the risks

Earlier this month, advocates from the Community Research Advisors Group (CRAG)—an international, community-based advisory body working to ensure the engagement of affected communities in tuberculosis (TB) research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —published an article in The Lancet offering a community perspective on the use of the drug bedaquiline to treat drug-resistant and drug-susceptible TB.

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Research Roundup: New malaria drugs, chikungunya vaccines, Africa Leaders Summit, preterm births coalition, 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 new era for malaria treatment

In this post, PATH Vice President of Product Development, David Kaslow, writes about the first-ever shipment of semisynthetic artemisinin (ssART)—a new type of malaria treatment that marks a significant milestone in the fight against malaria.

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Four key takeaways from the Africa Leaders Summit

As the first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit came to a close last week, it was clear that the energy around the partnerships between the United States and African nations are strong and building momentum.

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Research Roundup: Saving Lives at Birth, US-Africa Leaders Summit, possible Ebola vaccine, 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 challenge that sparks innovation and saves lives

“Innovation can’t take place if people say we don’t need new tools,” said Partners in Health Co-founder Paul Farmer at an event sponsored by the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development program last week in Washington, DC.

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Breastfeeding goes high tech

Breastfeeding has served as the primary method for a mother to feed her infant since the dawn of humanity, but could it also be a way for her to administer life-saving medicines to her baby?

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Research Roundup: Drug-resistant malaria, MDGs, World Breastfeeding Week, LHHS appropriations, 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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Anti-malaria drug resistance: a threat to global health security

In this guest post, S. Patrick Kachur, MD, MPH, FACPM—chief of the Malaria Branch in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Global Health—and Larry Slutsker, MD, MPH—director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at CDC’s Center for Global Health—write about the emerging global security threat of anti-malaria drug resistance and CDC’s efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to this growing threat.

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Senate supports global health R&D in LHHS appropriations bill

Last week, we reported on exciting policy language included in the Senate Department of Defense appropriations legislation, and earlier this summer, the House and Senate State and Foreign Operations bills also included recognition of the role that new technologies could play in advancing global health.

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Research Roundup: Appropriations, Ebola, AIDS 2014, open working groups, 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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Senate shows strong support for global health R&D in defense appropriations bill and report

Earlier this month, we reported that both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees included language supporting global health research and development (R&D) in their reports concerning funding for the Department of State, foreign operations and related programs.

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Research Roundup: Smart power, TB research, female condoms, HIV resource tracking, 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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Investing in global health innovation=smart power

During the past year, leaders from the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)—an advocacy organization promoting diplomacy and development—have traveled across America seeking out innovators and innovations that best demonstrate how strategic US investments in global development can enhance America’s foreign policy and security interests—an approach USGLC calls “smart power” diplomacy.

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PATH/Will Boase
Research Roundup: EDCTP Forum, Sayana® Press, a new dengue vaccine, the 21st Century Cures Initiative, 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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European and African countries meet to advance health technology development for poverty-related diseases

Earlier this week, Anne Hradský—advocacy coordinator for Global Health Research and Development (R&D), Katharina Scheffler—advocacy officer—and others from Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW)—joined other European and African stakeholders for the Seventh European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) Forum in Berlin, Germany.

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Research Roundup: SFOPS, new FDA guidance, top trends in global health, new report on global health R&D, 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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House and Senate support global health R&D in appropriations reports

While lawmakers battled it out on the field last week during the annual Congressional Baseball Game (Democrats won for the sixth year in a row!), they found something they could join together on as the House Appropriations Committee easily approved the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee’s (SFOPS) appropriations bill on Tuesday afternoon.

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Research Roundup: Microbicides, hookworm vaccines, #MomAndBaby, pediatric HIV treatments, 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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