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Developing, Scaling Up Health Innovations Requires Process That Goes Beyond Research

SciDev.Net: Health innovations need much more than research Nick Ishmael Perkins, director of SciDev.Net “The challenges of developing and scaling up health innovations go beyond research. They need careful consideration. Previously known as the Global Forum for Health Research, the Global Forum for Research and Innovation for Health, held last…

TB Eradication Possible With Proper Health Care Systems, Diagnostic Tests, Vaccines, Funding

Project Syndicate: Taking the Offensive Against Tuberculosis Gunilla Källenius, professor of clinical microbiology at Karolinska Institutet “…[T]he world now has a narrow window of opportunity to eradicate TB. Taking advantage of it will require the rapid development and dissemination of effective diagnostic tools, novel drug treatments, and innovative vaccines, in…

U.S., Pharmaceutical Companies Should Work With, Not Against, Indian Drug Industry

SciDev.Net: Focus on Private Sector: India’s generic drug wars Maha Rafi Atal, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge “…Indian companies provide cheap generic drugs to countries across the world and account for 80 percent of donor-funded HIV treatment — a set-up now threatened by U.S. pressure [to introduce ‘data…

Global Parliamentary Summit Attendees Must Listen To Developing Nations To Promote Peace, Development

Xinhua News: Commentary: Global parliamentary summit important platform to promote peace, development Editorial Board “…While contributing their wisdom to post-MDG development strategies, representatives [of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting this week at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament] should be reminded they must listen to the voices of…

U.K. Public Should Contribute More To Protect Yemen’s Children

Huffington Post: Childhood Under Attack in Yemen David Bull, executive director of UNICEF U.K. “…Yemen’s children did not start this war, but are bearing the worst of its terrible impact. Despite the grave needs, [UNICEF U.K.’s] response is woefully underfunded. We have only 16 percent of the funds we require…

Success Of SDGs Requires Sustained International Commitment, Strong Accountability Mechanisms

Project Syndicate: Another Great Leap Forward for Development Javier Solana, president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution “…Without strong accountability mechanisms, the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will amount to little more than an exercise in raising awareness, effectively subordinating the…

Fears Of MERS Outbreak During Hajj Pilgrimage ‘Probably Overblown’

Vox: Why worries about a MERS virus outbreak at the Hajj are probably overblown Julia Belluz, health reporter at Vox “…There are a few reasons fears about a deadly outbreak [of MERS] are overblown. … Heading up to this year’s Hajj, [a pilgrimage taken by millions to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca,]…

Strategies To Encourage Vaccination Must Be Tailored To Local Communities

Devex: Why we should not hesitate to vaccinate Philippe Duclos, executive secretary for the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization “…There is no ‘magic bullet’ or single intervention strategy that works for all instances of vaccine hesitancy. We need tailored strategies to improve vaccine acceptance, using effective communication to…