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Public Funds Majority Of Medicines R&D, Must Hold Drug Companies Accountable

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Equality, Big Pharma and lifesaving medicine John Butler, a consultant and global public health expert, and Brian Wahl, a doctoral student studying epidemiology and disease control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “…Governments and civil society must again unite behind the simple idea that everyone…

HIV Testing Program Focuses On South African Truck Drivers

Health24: Putting the brakes on HIV “A road safety and wellness campaign, by Adcock Ingram, Scania truck manufacturer, Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and Shell One Stop petrol stations focused on the health of truck drivers over December. HIV, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI testing were top of the…

India Donates To GAVI For First Time, Commits $4 Million To Programs

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s announcement that India will commit $4 million to its vaccination and immunization programs. The Hindu: India to donate $4 million to GAVI Alliance “India has committed itself to contributing $4 million over the next four years to GAVI Alliance to immunize children worldwide…

USAID Will Better Engage ‘Fragile States’ To Reach Top Goal Of Ending Extreme Poverty

IIP Digital: USAID Sets Ending Extreme Poverty as Top Goal “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will make ending extreme poverty its top goal, say senior development officials. Addressing a January 28 gathering discussing extreme poverty in conflict-affected areas at the Center for American Progress, Alex Thier, USAID’s assistant…

5 Lessons From Africa On Integrating Family Planning, Maternal Health

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sirina Keesara of UCSF and Grace Lesser of Jacaranda Health discuss five lessons on integrating family planning and maternal health in resource-constrained settings: “integrate family planning into maternity services,” “get efficient,” “bust myths,” “target men,” and “think…

EurActiv Interviews WHO Expert About Progress Against NTDs

EurActiv: Funding for ‘neglected’ tropical diseases goes from ‘rags to riches’ “Dengue fever, chikungunya and other ‘neglected tropical diseases’ have attracted growing media attention — and international funding — as global warming helped them spread to Europe. But money isn’t everything, especially for deprived populations in Africa’s remote regions that…

Private Sector Playing Increasing Role In Rebuilding Typhoon-Hit Philippines

Devex: Private sector stepping up in the Philippines “The Philippines has been battered by crisis after crisis recently, but a positive storyline coming out of the country is the role business is playing in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. One of the most predominant and game-changing concepts in global development…

Financial Times Reports On Controversy Over Cost Of New HCV Medication

Financial Times: Hepatitis C: Treated — at a price “…The launch in recent weeks of sofosbuvir, the first of a series of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) set for regulatory approval, raises the prospect of curing and potentially eliminating a disease that levies a heavy global burden. ……

Sharp Divide In Support Of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Reforms

Times of India: Access to medicines issue splits the world, developing vs developed “The recently concluded meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board saw a sharp divide between developing and developed countries on the issue of South Africa’s reforms of its intellectual property laws to enable affordable access to…

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