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Matthew Robinson, MA
WHO EB moves forward actions on budget, access to medicines, and AMR R&D

The 2019 global health multilateral calendar kicked off as it always does with the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board (EB) meeting in late January in Geneva. This year’s session featured a packed agenda with significant implications for research and development.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
The goal of an AIDS-free generation: The time to invest in science is now

Mitchell Warren, the executive director of AVAC and a founding member of GHTC, wrote the following op-ed in reaction to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the National Institutes of Health and her announcement to prioritize achieving an AIDS-free generation. This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill’s “Congress Blog” this week.

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New collaboration to Bolster the fight against TB

The most recent WHO TB Control report noted that rates of TB declined this past year for the first time in decades. However, even with such progress, TB remains one of the most devastating global health crises today, with ripple effects that extend beyond health to cripple prosperity and development of regions overwhelmed by the disease.

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PATH/Wendy Stone
GHTC members weigh in on importance of HIV/AIDS research

After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the NIH earlier this week, GHTC asked our member organizations involved in HIV/AIDS why the US should continue to prioritize HIV/AIDS research.

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CDC/Dr. Scott Smith
Stephen Colbert talks emerging diseases

GHTC Senior Policy Associate Ashley Bennett blogs about a recent interview on The Colbert Report on infectious diseases, and how research can help us prepare for what’s ahead.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
Research Roundup: What We're Reading this Week

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 smartest investment we can make

GHTC Director Kaitlin Christenson attended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) yesterday and blogged her reaction to the address for Breakthroughs.

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Why should Americans care about global health innovation

Today, the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog posted a series of video interviews that GHTC conducted with prominent Americans and leading US health officials about why Americans should care about global health and research.

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PATH/Satvir Malhotra
Center for Global Development launches new report

Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington, DC-based think-tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research, officially released its newest report on global health earlier this week.

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PHI holds international symposium on multipurpose prevention technologies

On Nov. 3-4, the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI), a project of PHI, convened a symposium in Washington, DC, on “Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) for Reproductive Health.”

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PATH/Will Boase
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

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

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USAID celebrates 50 years of saving lives across the globe

Today, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrates 50 years of leadership and expertise in addressing development challenges to improve lives across the globe.

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Step One

Don Joseph is Chief Operating Officer at BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), a GHTC member, and wrote this blog post in conjunction with the launch of WIPO Re:Search, a new consortium where public and private sector organizations share valuable intellectual property (IP) and expertise with the global health research community to promote development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics to treat neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

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What's Ahead on the Hill

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, Ashley Bennett, senior policy associate at the GHTC, provides an update on what’s currently happening with global health in Congress and an outlook for future legislative activity.

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PATH/Patrick McKern
TAG releases report on global TB R&D investment trends

TAG has released a new report in collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership, which finds that in 2010 the world invested just $617 million in TB R&D—less than one-third of the estimated $2 billion annual investment needed to eliminate TB as a public health threat by the year 2050.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
Research Roundup: What We're Reading This Week

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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Kenya: On the verge of breakthroughs in global health

Some of the most incredible health research is taking place in Kenya right now. Because of this work, we are on the cusp of the most exciting new tools in global public health in recent years—the first ever malaria vaccine, gels women can use to protect themselves from HIV, new drugs for neglected diseases that affect the poorest of the poor.

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PATH/Will Boase
World Health Summit highlights creative funding for new global health products

The third annual World Health Summit is currently underway in Berlin. The Summit brings together researchers, policymakers, funders, advocates, and health care providers to discuss global public health policy and research.

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Investing in high-impact, low-cost innovations that save lives

A new mother experiencing excessive bleeding after childbirth can die within minutes if the bleeding isn’t stopped. For women in developing countries, time too often runs out before they can get help.

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What's Ahead on the Hill

Congress continues to debate how to keep the government running in the midst of a rollercoaster appropriations process, while at home and abroad global health research and development (R&D) programs struggle to continue their work and simultaneously juggle looming funding reductions.

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GHTC in Kenya: A Photo Journey

This week, the GHTC is in Kenya, meeting with several GHTC members conducting ground-breaking work.

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