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Responsible Business Practices Enable Commercial Successes

The Telegraph: Business has the power to do immense good Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline “For business, behaving responsibly doesn’t compromise commercial success, it enables it. … Collectively, the private sector has the power to do immense good, using its innovation, resources and reach to create prosperity, provide employment and…

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline To Invest $216M In Factories, R&D In Africa

Reuters: Drugmaker GSK to invest $200 million in African factories, R&D “Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plans to invest up to 130 million pounds ($216 million) in Africa over the next five years as chronic diseases become more common among the continent’s swelling urban middle classes…” (Hirschler, 3/31).

Scientific Evidence Should Translate To International Resolutions, Policies

Huffington Post: We Have Consensus Houston Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together…

GHTC Briefing Highlights Importance Of U.S. Global Health R&D Funding

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, Senior Program Assistant Nick Taylor discusses a recent “briefing — GHTC’s fifth annual where we launched our 2014 policy report — [that] brought together leading voices from the nonprofit, philanthropic, public, and private sectors to reinforce the importance of robust…

GHTC Releases Report On Role Of U.S. Leadership In Global Health R&D

Media outlets discuss a new report released by the Global Health Technologies Coalition on the role of U.S. leadership in global health research and development (R&D). VOA News: Report: U.S. Essential for Global Health “A new report says while big budget battles in Washington may be over for now, adequate…

Economic Growth Not Strongly Associated With Improved Child Nutrition, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in the Lancet Global Health examining the association between economic growth and child undernutrition. NPR: A Booming Economy Doesn’t Save Children From Malnutrition “Lack of food is the leading cause of child death worldwide, killing 3.1 million children each year and accounting for…

Better Coordination, Incentive Needed For WHO Framework On Neglected Disease R&D

Nature: WHO: Steering plans for neglected diseases Bernard Pécoul of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Manica Balasegaram of Médecins Sans Frontières In an earlier Nature opinion piece, “Mary Moran criticizes plans by the World Health Organization (WHO) for tackling neglected diseases in the developing world. Her arguments are…

Advocates Demand More Funding For U.S. Global Health R&D

Devex: U.S. global health research funding falls short of innovation rhetoric — NGOs “Despite the Obama administration’s emphasis on science, technology, and innovation for international development, United States funding for global health research and development is not what it could or should be, according to an advocacy coalition of 30…

Sanofi Expects Dengue Vaccine Clinical Trial Results In September

Reuters: Sanofi faces make-or-break verdict on big dengue vaccine bet “Sanofi expects final clinical results for its vaccine against dengue by late September, the French drugmaker’s project leader has told Reuters, and has already gambled on starting production despite some disappointing early trials data. Sanofi has invested more than one…

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Brings Cuts To Foreign Aid, Research

SciDev.Net: Uganda’s anti-gay law may threaten its research “… The [Ugandan anti-gay] legislation has been met with outrage in the West, and several countries and international organizations immediately pulled the plug on aid that has been helping Uganda to sustain its economy. Donors have so far withheld a total of…