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U.S., International Community Should Invest In Global Water Access

Los Angeles Times: Will the world’s next wars be fought over water? Peter Engelke, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative “…[W]ater can either contribute to peace and stability or, conversely, help destabilize vulnerable countries and regions around the world. … [W]hen water is not present in sufficient…

WHO Suspends Approval Of TB Products From India’s Svizera Labs, Supplier Of Generic Drugs To 70 Nations

International Business Times: WHO Suspends Tuberculosis Drugs From Major Indian Supplier “The World Health Organization (WHO) reportedly suspended its approval of all tuberculosis products made at India’s Svizera Labs citing unreliable manufacturing standards and quality management. The company is one of the largest suppliers of generic TB medicines to more…

Ending Extreme Poverty Requires Continued Investment In Research, Innovation

The Guardian: To end poverty, put science at the heart of development Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Nick Hurd, parliamentary under secretary of state at the U.K.’s Department for International Development “…[T]he Department for International Development (DfID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…

MSF Opposes Pfizer’s Pneumonia Vaccine Patent Application In India

LiveMint: Doctors Without Borders opposes Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine patent in India “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, a Paris-based international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization, on Friday said it has filed a ‘patent opposition’ in India to prevent U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. from getting a patent on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine…

U.S. Government Should Improve Ability To Engage With Private Sector, NGOs, CIA Director Says

Devex: CIA director: U.S. government will need to ‘overhaul’ how it engages with partners “Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan used his appearance at Global Partnerships Week in Washington, D.C., on Monday to make the case for broader cooperation between security agencies and the aid and development community, both within…

Development Organizations Should Work With, Exercise Freedom To Criticize Private Sector

The Guardian: Development needs business but we must be free to criticize Jonathan Glennie, visiting fellow at the International Development Institute at King’s College London and director of policy and research at Save the Children U.K. “…Because working with the private sector is still relatively new for many, incoherent approaches…

TPP Provisions Could Threaten Access To Affordable Medicines

PLOS Medicine: Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the U.S. and Elsewhere Brook K. Baker, professor at Northeastern University School of Law, discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) potential impact on access to affordable medicines if its provisions are ratified, writing, “[Intellectual…

USAID Report Outlines Local Partnerships, Many With Private Businesses

Devex: It’s not just about big corporations: A look at local partnerships “…The U.S. Agency for International Development has been partnering with local businesses for many years, but it did its first broad overview of activities only recently. The Local Private Sector Partnerships report, which was published in November, outlined…

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