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UK pledges £100 million ($135 million) for malaria

Ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in London, International development secretary Penny Mordaunt announced a £100 million (US$135 million) investment to support the Global Fund's work on malaria. The fund will also receive pound-for pound matching funding from the private sector. This funding announcement is part of the UK's pledge to commit £500 million (US$675 million) to malaria. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom Global health

Breakdown of Norway's NOK34.1 billion ODA in 2017

Norway's Official Development Assistant (ODA) budget for 2017 was NOK34.1 billion, which  corresponds to 0.99 per cent of GNI. In dollars terms, according to the OECD, this was US$4.1 billion, a 10% decrease from 2016 attributable to lower costs of hosting refugees within Norway. NOK5.12 billion (US$602 million) went to global health and 54% of Norwegian ODA was channeled through multilateral organizations, an increase from 43% in 2016. 

Press release - Norad (in Norwegian)

Detailed summary - OECD

Norway Global health

France reaffirms support for the WHO

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement listing its contributions and reaffirming its support for the entity. France is the 4th biggest contributor to the WHO in terms of mandatory contributions, amounting to €43.4 million in 2017 including an exceptional contribution of €5 million to the WHO Lyon office for the period 2017-2018. 

Priority areas for cooperation between France and the WHO, defined by a Framework Agreement on Cooperation, include International Health Security, Sustainable Development Goals in Health (SDG 3), the Reduction of Risk Factors and the Strengthening of Health Systems, including health financing, progress towards universal health coverage, health human resources, quality drugs, and health research and development.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

France Global health

Bill Gates interviewed by Politico about the EU

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist, spoke with Ryan Heath, Political Editor at Politico.eu, about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the next EU budget, and the Oxfam scandal.  Gates additionally spoke about EU development assistance, global health, and global health R&D. As EU budget talks heat up, Gates spoke in a supportive way about cross-border European policy action and a growing but modernized system of ODA.

Interview – Soundcloud

Call for 800 volunteers for International AIDS conference in July in Amsterdam

In preparation for the 22nd International AIDS Conference taking place in Amsterdam from July 23-27,  2018, the International AIDS Society is calling for 800 volunteers to help with on-site organization. Volunteers must be over 18 and will be scheduled for half-day shifts with the possibility to attend some sessions for free. 

Applications will be considered in chronological order, with the first applications submitted considered first, and the system closing once all positions have been filled.

Press release – International AIDS Conference

Netherlands Global health

Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) announces US$123 million investment as a next strategic phase

The Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) has announced that it will invest ¥13.2 billion  (US$123 million) in their next strategic priorities. The new investments include: 

  • Investment in NTDs| Tackling some of the world’s most neglected diseases: Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease
  • Investment in Schistosomiasis| Stamping Out “Snail fever”
  • Investment in Malaria| Preventing Malaria parasites from weaponizing the human immune system
  • Investment in Tuberculosis| Countering the rise of drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Press-release – GHIT (in English)

Media report says Australian government considering further cuts to ODA

The Australian government is assessing the possibility of a further cuts to development assistance, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, citing unnamed sources. The possible reduction numbers A$400 million (US$297 million) a year, approximately 10% of the 2017/18 ODA budget.

The report also suggested that options such as cutting out a whole sector have been evaluated.  The Australian federal budget will be delivered on May 8, 2018.

News report - Sydney Morning Herald

Australia Global health

EU seeks input on infectious disease preparations

The EU has announced its plan to outline a comprehensive preparedness and response strategy for actions to strengthen EU and global health security, including research and innovation. Concerned about the cross-border nature of infectious diseases, the European Commission expects to adopt a communication with a roadmap by the second quarter of 2018 and would like to hear views from the public within the coming four weeks.

Debate – European Commission

EU Global health Global health R&D

On World Tuberculosis Day France reaffirms its commitment to the fight against TB

On World Tuberculosis Day, France reaffirmed its commitment to ending the pandemic by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) noted the country's strong contributions to major multilateral funds and high-level fora, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Unitaid, and the World Health Organization. The MFA recalled that the French Development Agency and Expertise France are engaged in strengthening health care systems of countries most affected by tuberculosis, and that the elimination of TB will only be possible through the development of new vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tools - areas in which several French research organizations, such as Institut Pasteur, INSERM, Research Institute for Development, National Center for Scientific Research, and universities are engaged in.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)