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The Answer to Zika May Be More Mosquitos

The Atlantic

The mosquito Aedes aegypti is infamous for carrying Zika and dengue fever. The quest to kill it has consumed enormous amounts of money, time, and effort. So it seems counterintuitive that a team of scientists and health workers have just received $18 million to release these mosquitoes over densely...

The United States has been engaged in a whole-of-government strategy that includes efforts like laboratory capacity, the development of diagnostics and vaccines, and mapping the spread of the [Zika] infection.
- USAID Press Office
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Gates Foundation to scale potential game changer in Zika, dengue control

Devex

A coalition of governments and philanthropies announced Wednesday $18 million in funding to roll out the rapid scale-up of a promising new mosquito control method in Zika-hit Brazil and Colombia.

USAID Funds Partnership to Identify and Forecast Zika 'Cold Spots'

Infection Control Today

The U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today 21 potentially game changing solutions to mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus.These award nominees underwent a rigorous review process, and have been selected for accelerated development, testing and deployment.

USAID funds technology platform to identify Zika "cold spots" in Guatemala

Health IT and CIO Review

The U.S. Agency for International Development is funding a Zika intervention platform, developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based software company Dimagi and New York City-based Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

USAID Unveils 5 New Winners of Tech Challenge to Address Zika, Future Outbreaks

ExecutiveBiz

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to award $3.3 million to five additional winners of a challenge started in search of ideas to help mitigate the spread of Zika virus and address future infectious disease outbreaks.

As we saw during the Ebola crisis, changes in habits and behavior can have substantial impact on the spread of disease. To be successful, behavior change strategies for Zika will need to be tailored to local contexts and leverage existing behaviors and habits.
- Susan Krenn - Executive Director of the Bloomberg School Center for Communication Programs

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Drones To Combat Zika: Drones To Be Used to Eradicate Virus

Auto World News

A banner about Zika virus is seen as ferry passengers arriving from Singapore queued to immigration check at the International Ferry Terminal Batam Centre as a border with Singapore on September 4, 2016 in Batam, Indonesia. Singapore raised the number of Zika cases to 242 this week as government...

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How Zika Could be Defeated with Drones

Travel and Leisure

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Wednesday it will award $3.3 million to five different groups with innovative ideas to curb and prevent Zika: two of which include plans for drones. One of the most intriguing concepts is to introduce sterile mosquitoes into the ecosystem to...

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Fascinating Innovations to Fight Future Disease Outbreaks Get Funding from USAID

Footprint to Africa

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced $3.3 million for five more winners of the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge, bringing the total investment to $30 million. From unmanned aerial vehicles delivering critical medical supplies in remote areas...

FACT SHEET: United States Leadership to Advance the Global Health Security Agenda: 55 countries show concrete commitment to prevent, detect, and respond

White House

This week in Rotterdam, the United States will join the Netherlands and other participants in the 55-country Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), as well as non-governmental organizations, foundations, and private sector stakeholders, as they take collective action to address epidemic threats.

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Deploying drones to fight Zika, future disease outbreaks

Miami Herald

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined the fight against the Zika virus through a $30 million investment in efforts to stop the spread of the virus linked to severe birth defects. The group – which launched a challenge open to the public asking for ideas to fight the virus –

The "grand challenges" have become a way for USAID to cast a wide net for solutions to global problems.
- Steven Overly - The Washington Post
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Drones, Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes & Sandals May Be Next Step In Zika Fight

CBS Miami

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined the fight against the Zika virus through a $30 million investment in efforts to stop the spread of the virus linked to severe birth defects.

Feds to Fund Plans to Take on Zika Virus With Drones

NBC News

Two groups that want to deploy drones to fight Zika won support from the federal government Wednesday. The funding will go to helping them develop drones that could drop off Zika-fighting mosquitoes or ferry lab samples from remote regions.

IU med school professor receives Zika challenge grant

South Bend Tribune

A professor at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend has received an $875,750 grant from the USAID agency to pursue a solution to contain the Zika outbreak. Molly Duman Scheel, an associate professor of medical and molecular genetics, received the grant. Scheel’s award is one of 21 announced...

SD's LabSpec® Analyzer Helps in the Fight Against Zika and Dengue

Business Wire

ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, and developer of high-performance near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis solutions, has learned that their LabSpec NIR analyzer is being used in the fight against Zika and Dengue. Zika and Dengue are viral diseases that infect well over 400 million people each year.

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Taiwan effort to combat Zika shines on international stage

Taiwan Today

A Taiwan team's efforts to combat the Zika virus have been realized in a device designed to provide timely point-of-care analysis that will significantly contribute to the battle against contagious diseases. The device, dubbed BluBox and characterized by its capacity to analyze blood for the presence of the Zika virus...

What unites these innovations is that their designers are not only thinking about Zika, but also about dengue, chikungunya, malaria and other current — and future — mosquito-borne diseases.
- Catherine Cheny - Devex
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DTU spinout to help battle zika virus: BluSense Diagnostics working on a quick and affordable diagnostics method

CPH Post Online

The Danish company BluSense Diagnostics, a spin-out from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is among 21 companies tasked with finding a solution to the global zika virus epidemic. BluSense Diagnostics has been chosen by US Aid – the US Agency for International Development – out of hundreds of companies, universities and researchers to help tackle the issue.

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USAID crowdsources 21 ideas for fighting Zika

FCW

When USAID announced its Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge for Development in April, it said it would invest up to $30 million in innovative approaches and solutions for preventing, detecting and responding to the outbreak and future infectious diseases.

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How the Zika response is going beyond reactive approaches

Devex

It became clear that the grand challenge model worked well as a way to rapidly source and deploy innovations, but also that the midst of an outbreak was not the best time to call for those ideas, said Wendy Taylor, director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID.

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WHAT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MOSQUITOES CAN TEACH US ABOUT HUMAN SMELL.

Washington Post Interview

Glow-in-the-dark mosquitoes could soon help explain what makes the human scent so darn appetizing. In his lab at Johns Hopkins University, Conor McMeniman is genetically engineering mosquitoes so that their brains glow when they have a strong positive or negative response to chemicals that make up human odor.

USAID Chooses 21 Innovation Proposals to Help Fight Zika Virus

ExecutiveBiz

USAID said Tuesday it received almost 900 proposals worldwide for its Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development and chose only 21 submissions across such categories as vector control, personal and household protection, vector and disease surveillance, diagnostics, and community engagement.

Wendy interview

VOA

La Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional, USAID, reconoció a 21 proyectos innovadores que buscan frenar la expansión de Zika. Las iniciativas serán aplicadas en las regiones más vulnerables.

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CCP Wins USAID Zika Grand Challenge

JHU CCP

CCP has been selected as an award nominee for the highly competitive Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced. The agency received nearly 900 submissions in response to the Challenge and awarded 21 grants totaling $15 million.

Combating Zika and keeping an eye on future threats go hand in hand. While all mosquito species have their own distinct behaviors, you can take learnings from one area of entomology and vector control and apply them to other areas.
- Bryan Callahan - Deputy Director of Global Communications and Engagement of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


SystemOne Wins USAID Grand Challenge Grant for Combating Zika and Future Threats

PR Newswire

SystemOne, a connected diagnostics company developing data-driven healthcare insight and solutions, today announced that it will be among the award recipients for the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge from The US Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID Announces First-Round Winners In Combating Zika Grand Challenge

Kaiser Family Foundation

Science Speaks: From a human-scented mosquito trap to rapid diagnostics, USAID funds research and development against Zika. A research center in Tanzania will develop inexpensive sandals treated to ward off mosquito bites. Investigators at Johns Hopkins will create a human-scented trap to lure mosquitoes.

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The government asked innovators to combat Zika. Here are their ideas.

Washington Post

The call for applications was broad and immediate: As the Zika virus was spreading throughout the Americas, the U.S. Agency for International Development wanted innovators with bold solutions to step forward. Nearly 900 did so, and officials winnowed them down to 21 of the most promising ideas Wednesday.

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USAID awards Zika grant funding to three Johns Hopkins research teams

Fox Baltimore

Federal officials have awarded funding for the study and prevention of outbreaks of the Zika virus to three teams of public health researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Zika Risk May Lead to Limited Insurance Coverage at Sporting Events

Claims Journal

Continued Zika virus warnings may dampen summer sporting events, such as the Summer Olympics which is set to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro in August, as insurers weigh the risk of insuring such events in the midst of another potential global communicable disease outbreak.

USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika

Caribbean News Now

On Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance the ability to respond to the current zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow.

If we want to overcome viruses like dengue and zika, it means we need to begin treatment early – even in areas where the distances to hospitals are considerable.
- Filippo Bosco - CEO, BluSense Diagnostics
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The UN's long-term vision and the US Congress's shortsighted aid budget: This week in development news

DEVEX

The United Nations is in the midst of a campaign season many see as an unprecedented step toward transparency in the process to appoint the organization's next secretary-general. Candidates released their vision statements and fielded questions this week, broadcast live online.

Gayle Smith: USAID Contest to Seek Methods, Tools Against Zika Virus

Executive Gov

The U.S. Agency for International Development will invest $30 million in a competition for innovators worldwide to help create approaches and technologies to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said Wednesday the agency will seek ideas on how healthcare organizations can stem the Zika outbreak and better prepare for public health threats through Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development.

USAID ANNOUNCES $30 MILLION GRAND CHALLENGE TO COMBAT ZIKA AND FUTURE DISEASE THREATS

USAID

Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance our ability to respond to the current Zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow.

The ability to respond to epidemics depends upon having accurate, reliable information that is tied to service delivery capabilities.
- Prabhjot Singh - MD, PhD and Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health

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USAID Challenges Innovators to Combat Zika

US News

The United States Agency for International Development is calling for global innovators to "get creative" with ideas to combat the escalating threat of Zika virus. The initiative came as the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the virus causes severe brain defects in infants.

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$30 million could be yours if you can find a new way to Stop Zika

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Would the possibility of getting up to $30 million get you to pay more attention to the Zika virus? The U.S. Agency for International Development announced today it’s going to invest up to $30 million in new products and projects to help stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus. Universities, laboratories and individual businesses could be eligible for the grant.