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Supporting Innovation Through Public-Private Partnerships

“Given the increasingly aligned incentives” between the private sector and global health and development practitioners, “the time is right for more effective and consistent collaboration between these two groups,” Dheeraj Batra, head of business design at IDEO Mumbai, and David Milestone, senior adviser at USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and…

Big Pharma Looks To Africa For Next Growth Market As Economies Strengthen, Disease Burden Shifts

“Not only is [Africa’s] economic growth grabbing attention in boardrooms but the shifting nature of its disease burden is luring Big Pharma, as new opportunities open up for treating chronic diseases afflicting the middle classes, rather than just fire-fighting infection,” Reuters reports. According to data from IMS, a global health informatics and…

Researchers Call For Increased Regulation Of Food, Drink Companies For Improvement Of Global Public Health

“Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies, health experts said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. In a study published in the Lancet, “[t]he researchers said that through the aggressive marketing of ultra-processed food and drink, multinational companies were now major…

Secretary Clinton Announces New Partnerships At Event Celebrating Power Of Collaboration

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [on Thursday] hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration,” Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Kris Balderston, the special representative for global partnerships, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “We…

Opinion Pieces Examine Role Of Private Sector Investment In Global Health

The following opinion pieces were published Saturday as the World Economic Forum, held last week in Davos, Switzerland, came to a close. Dagfinn Hoybraten, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “There’s a growing and welcome awareness that the world’s biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well,” Hoybraten, vice president of…

Examining Role Of Public-Private Partnerships In Health, Development

Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpeigo, discusses public-private partnerships in the InterAction blog. “The Obama administration has recognized the importance of these relationships in the past, and we applaud any effort by the president to incentivize programming that brings together the best of the public and private sectors and…

Venture Social Investment ‘Could Be A New Thinking’ In Development Aid

In an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health consultant and founder of the Center for Implementation Efficiency, explores the concept of “venture social investment or VSI,” in which the idea of venture capitalism is used “to reward good ideas or sustainable initiatives by investing…

Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships To Improve Global Health

“Although global health was historically dominated by U.N. agencies and bilateral organizations, new partnerships with the private sector have emerged since the 1990s,” Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at Rabin Martin, and Adel Mahmoud, a professor at Princeton University, write in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “In part, global health’s private…

India, China Deny Claims Of Supplying Counterfeit Medications To Africa, Guardian Reports

“India has denied claims that it has exported large quantities of counterfeit medication to Africa, after the Guardian published a front-page exposé on the phenomenon,” the Guardian reports in a follow-up article. The original article “cited experts and NGO reports as saying that up to a third of anti-malarial drugs in Uganda and Tanzania might be fake or substandard, and the majority of them were manufactured in China and India,” the newspaper writes, adding, “The fake medications have led to deaths, prolonged illness and increased drug resistance in parts of east Africa, the article said.” According to the Guardian, “The Indian health ministry launched a huge campaign last month to check the quality of medication manufactured across the country.” In addition, “Chinese officials also denied the charges made in the report,” the newspaper notes, citing another article published on December 28 (Burke, 1/2).

Thai Health Advocates Work To Protect Special Provisions On Medicines Under E.U. Free Trade Agreement

Thailand and the European Union (E.U.) are expected to begin talks on a free trade agreement early this year, and Thai public health advocates have sent a letter to Joao Aguiar Machado, deputy director general for trade at the European Commission, “call[ing] for the bloc to respect global trade rules’ special provisions for developing countries,” Inter Press Service reports. “‘We are worried that the E.U. negotiators will force Thailand to accept new conditions on patents that would make access to new generic drugs more difficult,’ says Chalermsak Kittitrakul, campaign officer at the AIDS Access Foundation,” the news service writes, adding, “Thai health activists are hoping that their record of mounting successful campaigns against pharmaceutical giants — even from the United States — to ensure a thriving generic drugs market for patients in the country and across the region remains intact” (Macan-Markar, 12/29).