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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…

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…

CEOs Of 27 Companies Write Open Letter Urging British PM To Keep Foreign Aid Commitment

“Chief executives of 27 [of the] biggest companies in the U.K., including BP and Vodafone, [on Monday] joined the boss of English football’s Premier League in appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to keep his commitment to devote 0.7 percent of national income on international aid,” the Press Trust of India/Business…

Private Sector Helps Advance Health, Well-Being Of Women, Children

“Every pregnant girl or woman, wherever she lives, is connected to all of the other mothers-to-be around the world through the hope that their babies will be born strong and healthy,” but “[t]he sad truth is that for millions of these girls and women, their own survival and that of…

Partnerships Are Necessary To Improve Global Health

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a series on the agency’s activities in global health, Hope Randall, child health communications associate at PATH, discusses the importance of partnership and integration and says “one of the most exciting partnership activities was the recent global [non-governmental organization (NGO)] response to the…

With HPV Vaccine Price Lowered, Challenge Now Is Strengthening Health Systems For Rollout

“Since their approval, health experts and campaigners, including The Lancet, have called for the vaccines against the human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause cervical cancer to become available at a much cheaper price,” a Lancet editorial states. High prices “meant the vaccines were prohibitively expensive for low-income countries where most HPV…

WHO Working With Industry To Reduce NCD Risk Factors

The WHO “is in active dialogue with the food, beverage, alcohol, and even sporting goods industries to encourage marketing changes and product formulations to help curb the growing worldwide prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” Nellie Bristol, a research fellow with the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Health…

Blog Examines Drug Donation Programs, Big Pharma’s Role In Public Health Agenda

“Drug donations, reinvestment of profits in developing countries and a more flexible approach to intellectual property have all signaled a more collaborative approach from industry with the likes of GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson and Merck all performing well in the 2012 Access to Medicine Initiative,” Adam Robert Green, senior…

Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Advance Global Health Goals

“Three people die every minute from tuberculosis [TB] — a treatable and largely preventable disease. Resistant forms continue to thrive, and increased travel makes the global threat very real. We face a public health emergency,” Vince Forlenza, chair, CEO, and president of the medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Company…

Private Sector Involvement, Measuring Results Are Key To Ending Poverty

Noting two global development goals recently proposed by World Bank President Jim Kim — “to end extreme poverty, with a target reduce the global extreme poverty rate to three percent by 2030” and “to promote shared prosperity, fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population in every country”…