Weekly News Roundup
News, Events and Observations about Health Markets in the Developing World
mothers2mothers (m2m), an NGO that helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV has recently partnered with Riders for Health, a non-profit focused on providing transportation solutions for health care workers in Africa, to reach people living in remote mountain communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Click here to learn more about how m2m used Riders for Health’s motorcycles to deliver care across Lesotho!
The world’s most attended AIDS conference in the world, the International AIDS Conference (IAC), is being held in Washington D.C. this week. This year’s theme is “Turning the Tide Together”, evoking as the IAC says, the mobilization of governments, NGOs, policy makers, scientists, civil society organizations, journalists and people living with HIV to join forces to build the necessary momentum to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS. If you’re in the area be sure to attend to learn more about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and what you can do to help turn the tide.
The World Bank held a controversial debate hosted by the most cited interdisciplinary journal in the world, Nature, at the International AIDS Conference earlier this week. The topic was on whether it was worth it to continue to spend more money on AIDS, or whether other health issues should receive more funding. It was attended by many influential individual such as Jeffery Sachs, world renowned professor of economics and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia. Click here to read more.
Another session which gained attention at the IAC was one concerning how the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund, which together account for over 90% of donor funding for HIV control in the world's highest-burden and lowest-resourced countries, could do to cooperate more to maximize their impact. Click here to read more about the recommendations proposed in the session.
World Hepatitis Day is coming up this Saturday! July 28th marks World Hepatitis Day every year, a day when awareness on this disease is raised. Be sure to read more to learn about the effect that this deadly group of diseases has had on the world.
CHMI is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for organizations interested in acting as a CHMI country or regional hub and carrying out CHMI activities in low- and middle- income countries. Funding will go toward organizations that can inform and connect programs working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of health care for the poor. The deadline to submit an EOI is August 10, 2012 at 12:00 EST. For more information, read our blog post here or contact Alex Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Implementation Research Platform has announced a call for proposals to support implementation research that contributes to the scale-up of effective health interventions related to Millenium Develpment Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6. Proposed research should seek to adopt a systems perspective which may require a multi-disciplinary research team and the need to engage multiple stakeholders. Interested applicants should pre-register online by August 20, 2012. The deadline for submission is September 15th, 2012. Click here to learn more.
Good News! UCLA’s Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment (CHIPTS) which is hosting UCLA IMPACT 2012 has extended their submission deadline to August 10th! UCLA IMPACT 2012 is a global competition that welcomes “investigators from all disciplines” to a contest to bring new information about HIV to people affected, in ways that are accessible and relevant You only have to be 18 years old to enter, and any entry, whether it be a song, a video, or formal research are accepted as long as it aims to be a creative, innovative, and effective presentation about HIV/AIDS. First place and second place net you $5000 and $1000 respectively. Read more about this interesting competition here!