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U.N. Women Forms Private Sector Advisory Council

News outlets report on U.N. Women’s work with the private sector to address women’s and girls’ issues. Devex: U.N. Women launches private sector advisory council “U.N. Women is tapping private sector leaders to advise the agency and provide expertise to better tackle challenges facing women and girls. This week U.N.…

Development Challenges Could Be Reframed As Investment Opportunities

Huffington Post: International Development Is Changing and So Is What Makes Good Business Gib Bulloch, founder and managing director of Accenture Development Partnerships “…When Accenture and the U.N. Global Compact studied the views of 1,000 top CEOs last year, 78 percent of them told us that partnerships across sectors would…

Sanaria Looks To Use Robot For Malaria Research

New York Times: A Goal to Combat Malaria With the Help of a Robot “In its effort to develop a unique malaria vaccine, the American company Sanaria wants to build a robot that will do what now requires a line of trained humans with microscopes: dissecting half-frozen mosquitoes with tiny…

Program Uses Private-Sector Approaches To Address Maternal Mortality

Writing in the Harvard Business Review blog, Michael Rosenblatt, chief medical officer of Merck, discusses Merck for Mothers, an initiative focused on creating “a world where no woman dies from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.” Rosenblatt says, “Maternal mortality is an enormously complicated problem. … But by applying a business…

Minimize Antibiotic Overuse, Develop New Antibiotics To Address Drug Resistance

New York Times: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance “…The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that in ever more cases, standard treatments no longer work, infections are harder or impossible to control, the risk of spreading infections to others is increased, and illnesses and hospital stays are prolonged. … The most…

Corporate Volunteers Work With Local Communities To Build Stronger Health Systems

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Corporate Volunteers Can Create a Ripple Effect for Global Health Carol Cissé, a program officer at IntraHealth International, and Suzie Roy, a Pfizer global health fellow at Pfizer Canada, discuss a joint program that sends Pfizer fellows to “work on specific short-term assignments with international development organizations.…

USAID To Work More With Business Community

Devex: How USAID’s approach to partnerships is evolving “The U.S. Agency for International Development has been pushing cross-sectoral partnerships for years. Now, with the creation of the U.S. Global Development Lab, the agency has a new platform and more holistic approach to working with partners. In a recent conversation with…

Clinical Trials Partnership Will Impact Lives In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: EDCTP2: What it means for European support for global health R&D In a guest post, Renate Baehr — executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung — “writes about the next rendition of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and how its expansion will…

Indian Regulations Cap Drug Prices; Pharma Companies’ Profits Likely Impacted

Reuters: India caps prices of 108 more medicines; drugmakers to take hit “India’s pharmaceutical pricing regulator has cut and capped the prices of more than 100 drugs used to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to HIV to malaria, a move likely to hit the profit margins of drug firms like…

‘Shared Values’ Needed To Tackle Health, Development Challenges

Huffington Post: Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships David Olson, global health communications expert “…Nowadays, it’s widely recognized that more stakeholders need to be consulted, both in the design and the execution of an intervention. Does this make the process more messy and complicated? It sure does, but…

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