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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…

GSK To Add Antiretroviral Drug To Medicines Patent Pool

Reuters: GSK’s ViiV unit adds new HIV drug to AIDS patent pool “GlaxoSmithKline’s AIDS drugs business is to add one of its latest HIV medicines to a patent pool — cutting its future price for developing countries and pooling intellectual property rights. ViiV Healthcare, which is majority owned by the…

Responsible Business Practices Enable Commercial Successes

The Telegraph: Business has the power to do immense good Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline “For business, behaving responsibly doesn’t compromise commercial success, it enables it. … Collectively, the private sector has the power to do immense good, using its innovation, resources and reach to create prosperity, provide employment and…

Public Private Partnerships Can Help Create AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: An AIDS-Free Generation Rhonda Zygocki, executive vice president of policy and planning at Chevron Corporation “…[E]nding HIV transmission from mother to child remains one of the most achievable ways to realize an AIDS-free generation — with the potential to bring about an end to new infections, keep mothers…

Deutsche Welle Discusses Balance Between For-Profit Drug Companies And Public Health Needs

Zulfikar Abbany of Deutsche Welle interviews Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute on the issues and challenges involved in balancing the needs of for-profit pharmaceutical companies with public health goals. Deutsche Welle: Is profit more important than public health? In this audio episode of Spectrum, Zulfikar Abbany of Deutsche Welle…

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