DfID likely to renew $36M health partnership scheme

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By Gabriella Jóźwiak

The Tropical Health and Education Trust's five-year health partnership scheme funded by the U.K. Department for International Development is getting positive feedback.

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Inside Development

ADB's new evaluation chief: 'Accountability is our surname'

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Opinion: Tuberculosis is a forgotten priority for child health

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At this week's 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in the U.K., the global health community will examine the complicated and important topic of pediatric tuberculosis. TB epidemic is larger than previously estimated, but there are effective treatments and innovative practices.

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