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Uganda To Expand Program Using Private Clinics To Better Detect, Diagnose TB Patients

The Guardian: Uganda to expand successful Kampala scheme in battle against tuberculosis “…So when representatives from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease approached [Dr. Kasauli Mahmoud Zinda] in 2011 to join a new initiative that would equip Pillars [Medical Centre] to test for and treat TB, ‘it looked…

WHO’s Chan Urges Global Action To Drive Tobacco Industry ‘Out Of Business’

Agence France-Presse: WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’ “World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action Wednesday to drive tobacco companies ‘out of business’ and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, she…

Bloomberg, Gates Launch $4M Fund To Help Countries Defend Efforts To Curb Smoking

BBC News: New global fund to help countries defend tobacco control “A new global fund is being launched to help developing countries fend off challenges to tobacco control measures by cigarette makers…” (Dreaper, 3/18). The Guardian: Bloomberg and Gates launch legal fund to help countries fight big tobacco “A $4m…

MSF Accuses Gilead Of Restricting Hepatitis C Drug Access In Developing Countries

Reuters: Charity attacks Gilead over hepatitis C drug restrictions “Charity Médecins Sans Frontières has accused U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. of restricting access to its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in developing countries as it tries to protect profit margin in wealthier nations. MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders,…

Letter Calls For Formation Of TB Partnership To Improve Treatment Access

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB advocates call on organizations, leaders to work together, speed access to existing treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a letter sent last week by…

Governments Adopt Call To Action At WHO-Hosted Ministerial Conference On Dementia

U.N. News Centre: Eighty countries adopt call to action at first U.N. conference on dementia “A two-day ministerial conference on dementia hosted by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) ended in Geneva [Tuesday] with 80 countries calling for action to address ‘a tidal wave’ of new cases of the disease…

U.K., Drug Companies Announce $100M Venture Capital Fund For Dementia Research, As U.N. Opens First-Ever Dementia Conference

Financial Times: Dementia research boosted by $100m venture capital fund “Research into dementia is to be boosted by a $100m venture capital fund backed by the U.K. government and several of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals companies…” (Ward, 3/17). Reuters: Dementia drug research aided by $100 million venture capital fund “…The…

Critics Question Effectiveness Of Medicines Patent Pool In Improving Access To Drugs

SciDev.Net: Merck’s HIV patent agreement ignites monopoly criticism “Pharma giant Merck has become the latest drug company to share intellectual property rights with a U.N.-backed patent pool for HIV medicines, but critics have told SciDev.Net it is ‘a false solution to a real problem’…” (Kennedy, 3/16).