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Opinion Pieces Address Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Child Deaths

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding child survival and the “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths” meeting that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. GlobalPost: Building on a movement for maternal, newborn, and child survival Kate Rogers, senior program manager for Committing to Child…

Indian Government Likely To Increase Number Of Price-Capped Drugs, Sources Say

Reuters: Exclusive: India likely to extend price caps to more drugs — sources “The government of India is likely to raise the number of drugs deemed essential and subject to price caps, people directly involved in the process said. … The move would make the drugs more affordable in a…

Coca-Cola Announces Public-Private Partnership Expansion To Provide Medicines In Africa

Coca-Cola Company: “Project Last Mile” Expands to Improve Availability of Life-Saving Medicines in Additional Regions of Africa “The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [on Monday] announced the…

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: FY 2015 appropriations, the Human Vaccines Project, Global Development Lab legislation, new HIV treatments, and more Nick Taylor, senior program assistant at the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), highlights “some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week”…

Devex Interviews NTD Experts On Shift To Elimination Strategy For River Blindness

Devex: The next steps to eliminate river blindness “Simon Bush, director of NTDs at SightSavers, and Helen Hamilton, NTDs policy adviser at the U.K.-based NGO, … shared with us a few insights on what will be the biggest challenges in [shifting onchocerciasis control] to an elimination strategy, how they plan…

Counterfeit Drugs Spur Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

Bloomberg News: Fake Antibiotics Feed Growing Worldwide Superbugs Threat “Antibiotics now rank among the most counterfeited medicines in the world, feeding a global epidemic of drug-resistant superbugs. A new surveillance and reporting program in 80 countries led by the World Health Organization shows that counterfeit antibiotics are a growing problem…

WIPO Research Project Creates Partnerships But No New Drug Candidates Yet

SciDev.Net: WIPO’s patent pool yet to deliver new drug candidates “A U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) project to stimulate research into neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by facilitating patent sharing between their owners and researchers has brokered at least 60 partnerships since its 2011 launch, yet its effectiveness remains unclear…”…

Medicines Patent Pool Launches Effort To Get HIV Medications To Children

Washington Post: Trying to produce drugs appropriate for children with HIV Lenny Bernstein, blogger for the Washington Post “…[I]n conjunction with a number of other public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad, the Medicines Patent Pool kicked off an initiative Tuesday to recruit the big drug companies to produce…

Indian Firm Develops Affordable Cholera Vaccine

Wall Street Journal: Indian Firm Develops Inexpensive Vaccine for Battle With Cholera “…New Delhi-based Hilleman Laboratories Pvt. — which is backed by Merck & Co. and the Wellcome Trust charity — said Tuesday that it has created an inexpensive [cholera] vaccine that can survive without refrigeration in the far-flung tropical…