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Some Countries Win Lower Pricing For Hepatitis C Treatment; Pharma Defends High Cost

News outlets report on developments surrounding the pricing of Gilead’s hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi. Bloomberg News: Developing Countries Pay 1% of U.S. Price for Gilead’s Sovaldi “Developing countries such as Egypt, India, and Brazil won discounts to pay one percent of the $84,000 price Gilead Sciences Inc. is charging U.S.…

E.U. Supports Private Sector Involvement In Africa

Devex: Private sector must be our partner in Africa — Piebalgs “The European Union acknowledges that the overall goal of providing electricity to over two million people in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be met by the bloc on its own, without help from the private sector. ‘The private sector… needs to…

Three Recommendations For Improving Provision Of Health Care In Africa

Huffington Post: Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa’s Health Markets James Bernstein, co-founder, chair, and CEO of Eniware LLC, and Aline Wachner, PhD candidate at the International Research Network on Social and Economic Empowerment at Zeppelin University, Germany “First, we all need to transcend our conceptual hesitations and start…

‘Women In The World Summit’ Addresses Maternal Health, Women’s Voices

News outlets report from the “Women in the World Summit,” which took place in New York last week. Daily Beast: Fighting Maternal Mortality The article discusses the “Breakthroughs in the Fight Against Maternal Mortality” panel, sponsored by Merck, that took place at the “Women in the World Summit” Friday in…

USAID Launches U.S. Global Development Lab

Media sources report on USAID’s launch of its new U.S. Global Development Lab. Devex: USAID, Hillary Clinton launch Global Development Lab for game-changing innovations “The day is finally here. After four years in the works, multiple name changes, and numerous launch delays, the U.S. Agency for International Development is finally…

Gates Foundation, World Bank, Other Donors Commit $240M To NTDs

News outlets discuss new funding efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases, as well as a new report on access to treatments. Agence France-Presse: Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment “At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of ‘neglected’ tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are…

Foreign Mining Firms In Guinea Lock Down Operations As Ebola Deaths Rise To 84

Reuters: Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84 “Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84…” (Samb/Nebehay, 4/3).

Political Commitment, Global Support Can Bring NTD Treatments To Those In Need

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Richard Hatzfeld, communications director at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a Kenyan family affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and “captured in a short video from END7, a campaign of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.”…

Public, Private Firms Investing In African Health, Manufacturing, R&D

Media sources discuss recent efforts by public and private entities to invest in African health, manufacturing, and research and development. Financial Times: Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa “Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the…

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