Global health briefs - September 2016

September / October 2016 | Volume 15, Number 5

New global alliance will develop vaccines

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has been launched to finance and coordinate the development of new vaccines to prevent and contain infectious disease outbreaks. CEPI is an alliance of governments, industry, academia, philanthropy, intergovernmental institutions, such as the WHO, and civil society.

Global health advice for next U.S. President

A memo from the Center for Global Development proposes six ways the next U.S. administration can do better on global health, including expanding the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Funded by NIH and PEPFAR, the program is designed to strengthen training in sub-Saharan Africa.

HHS partners to combat antibiotic resistance

To address the global threat of antibiotic resistance, HHS is joining with the Wellcome Trust, the AMR Centre and Boston University on a collaboration that could promote innovation and provide hundreds of millions of dollars to increase the number of antibiotics in the drug-development pipeline.

NIH unveils plan for heart, lung research

The NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has released a new strategic vision to accelerate advances around four goals: to understand human biology, reduce human disease, advance translational research, and develop workforce and resources.

New NIH fetal alcohol guidelines proposed

A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy.

Delayed breastfeeding is risky for newborns

UNICEF reports 77 million newborns globally are not breastfed within their first hour of life, increasing the risk of infant deaths by up to 80 percent. The longer breastfeeding is delayed, the higher the likelihood of death in the first month.

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