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Report Documents Shifts In Global Health, Development Investments

“The face of international aid for health and development is changing,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports, adding, “Less money is now coming from wealthy, industrialized nations and more is flowing from private foundations, corporations and even countries that only a few years ago were recipients themselves.” Though the U.S. government remains…

Blog Reports On Consortium Of Universities For Global Health Annual Conference

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog reports on the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference held last week, highlighting “a panel hosted by the GHTC, which focused on current fiscal and policy realities in the United States that will impact global health research and development…

Blog Reports On PPP Aimed At Improving Health Status Of Poorest Central Americans, Mexicans

“At the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) recent annual meeting in Panama, the two richest men in the world” — Mexican businessman and philanthropist Carlos Slim and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – “discussed their contributions to a little-known public-private partnership that aims to improve the…

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…

GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS Business Joins Medicines Patent Pool

“GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children’s medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries,” Reuters reports. “ViiV Healthcare, majority-owned by GSK, is the second research-based pharmaceutical business to sign up to the new Medicines Patent Pool, following a lead set in…

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…

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…

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