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Opinion: In India, eliminating tuberculosis isn't just a health issue — it's an economic one

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By Madhukar Pai, Jorge Coarasa

By some estimates, eliminating tuberculosis from the planet would return more than a trillion dollars to the global economy. On World Tuberculosis Day, McGill University's Dr. Madhukar Pai and World Bank Senior Economist Jorge Coarasa explore the Indian government's ambitious new plan to end the disease by 2025.


Q&A with Ambassador Deborah Birx: 'This White House is very responsive to data'

A complete readout of Devex's interview with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, on PEPFAR's budget, potential "global gag rule" impacts and what implementers need to know.


Inside the mounting preparations for chemical attacks in Iraq

Iraqi politicians say no chemical weapons have been used in Northern Iraq, but health authorities and international partners say the risk is significant enough to warrant preparing now for any future cases. Devex speaks with the World Health Organization about the work underway and how recent incidents have shaped their thinking.


Opinion: Putting people first at the WHO — from ill health to public health emergencies

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is a special advisor to Ethiopia's prime minister. He's also running for the World Health Organization's top spot. Here is his platform.


Q&A with Tony Fauci on the state of pandemic security

Tony Fauci has directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for over three decades. He spoke to Devex about what needs to happen to safeguard the world against pandemic threats — and what the Trump administration could do to enhance global health security.


With US budget cuts looming, Syria advocates make their case

On the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian uprising, doctors shared stories of surgeries in the middle of airstrikes — and a simple message for Washington: "Don’t fail us again."


Opinion: The day the Syrian war becomes longer than World War II

The war in Syria has now surpassed the length of World War II, and the crushing psychological toll of violence is manifesting in the country's children. Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles explains the pervasiveness of toxic stress — and what the world can do to stop it.


Amb. Birx on PEPFAR in the Trump era

How exactly the reinstated "global gag rule" will impact PEPFAR programs is unclear at the moment, but Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, played down potential impacts and told Devex that the agency's focus on data has it well positioned to track impacts and plan for whatever budget it gets.


Tackling NCDs in Bhutan requires a different kind of aid

The government of Bhutan is looking at ways to tackle the rising burden of noncommunicable diseases in the country, before it threatens citizen's health, one of the pillars of the kingdom's famed Gross National Happiness index.


Q&A: Brad Perkins on leapfrogging to personalized medicine

Genomics sounds out of reach for even the richest of the rich. But one pioneering scientist thinks developing countries could be among the best placed to take advantage of the coming revolution in personalized medicine. He spoke to Devex about what public health actors, including NGOs, international organizations and governments, need to know.


Q&A: UNFPA's Babatunde Osotimehin on family planning in the face of uncertainty

Following last week's "She Decides" conference, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund, tells Devex about the role of family planning in the Sustainable Development Goals and the need to diversify support as uncertainty prevails.


Trump issues first guidelines on 'global gag rule' implementation

These standard provisions make the policy effectively operational, targeting organizations that receive USAID support and work in family planning.


Anti-'global gag rule' fund reaches $190M

The Dutch-led "She Decides" campaign to replace lost funding after the U.S. government's reinstatement of the "global gag rule" has raised $190 million, it was announced today, which will be divided between NGOs, the UNFPA and government development programs.


Global Fund board restarts executive director search process

The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was expected to choose a new executive director from a field of three finalists on Monday, but, instead, it decided to restart the search process.


How Bloomberg's Data for Health initiative is helping reshape Australian aid

It's been two years since Australia committed $15 million to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Data for Health initiative. Devex catches up with DFAT and partner organization Vital Strategies for a progress report.


Is gender parity a task for the next WHO chief?

The three candidates vying to be director-general of the World Health Organization have expressed their commitment to gender equality, but Devex analysis of the data underscores the deep complexities behind the agency's parity shortfalls.


Health, development leaders weigh in on Global Fund shortlist

The shortlist of candidates to run the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has some health and development heads wishing for more innovative leadership.


Europe raises at least $32.2M to plug 'global gag rule' shortfall

The Dutch-led She Decides fund aims to replace U.S. government funding lost as a result of the reinstatement of the "global gag rule." But there is some way to go to make up for the shortfall, estimated at a minimum of $600 million.


Why invest in health evidence? Q&A with Chris Murray of IHME

Devex interviews Chris Murray, founder of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which just received a $279 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue and expand its work.


Q&A: Liberia's minister of health on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis

Bernice Dahn has a message for the global development community: Trust recipient governments.


Q&A: A systems view saves more lives, says new Pathfinder CEO Lois Quam

Lois Quam is assuming leadership of Pathfinder International at a pivotal time for the reproductive health and family planning sector. Devex caught up with the distinguished leader to find out what she plans to tackle first and how she’ll call on skills she’s honed in the private sector.


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