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Shared Responsibilities Will Bring Sustainable Solutions In Global Health Care

“Across the developing world, health facilities sit vacant” because “[d]onors who were delighted to help build a hospital or clinic move on to other causes, and eventually the doors close, leaving communities with broken promises,” Elizabeth Sheehan, founder of Containers 2 Clinics, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “Experts…

Examining Need For Increased Investment Into Africa’s Pharmaceutical Production Industry

Writing in the Global Health Corps “Fellows” blog, fellow Brian Ngwatu from Uganda argues for increased investment in the local pharmaceutical production industry in Africa, which boasts “11 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the global disease burden” but “only one percent share of the world’s pharmaceutical…

FDA Approves GSK Antiretroviral Drug Dolutegravir

The FDA on Monday approved GlaxoSmithKline’s antiretroviral dolutegravir, an integrase strand transfer inhibitor “that was developed by ViiV Healthcare Ltd., its joint venture with two other drugmakers,” Bloomberg reports (Edney, 8/12). “The pill is taken daily in combination with others and can be prescribed to patients who have never taken…

Price Reduction Agreement For Cytomegalovirus Might Help Improve Screening, Awareness

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes “an agreement [.pdf] announced this week between the Medicines Patent Pool and Roche, the maker of the oral drug valganciclovir, which treats cytomegalovirus retinitis,” an infection common among people living with HIV, particularly in Asian countries. “The agreement, signed in…

Former Pharmaceutical Executive Speaks About Vaccine Development, Distribution

In partnership with the Skoll World Forum, Forbes features an interview with Kevin Reilly, former president of the vaccines and nutrition division of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, who discusses the challenges of vaccine development and distribution. “Increasingly, I see pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturers engaging in the dialogue about strengthening immunization and distribution…

PATH Working With Private Sector To Develop Public Health Innovations

The Atlantic speaks with Anurag Mairal, director of technology solutions at PATH Health Technologies, about PATH’s “wor[k] with the commercial sector to scale, distribute, and market its innovations.” Mairal’s “approach includes disruptive innovation (disrupt the global health system by changing the cost equation, moving away from a grants-based approach to…

Advocacy Groups Push For More Efforts To End Child Marriage

“Advocacy groups are urging for partnerships between governmental organizations and private sector businesses to better prevent child marriage and combat the economic, development and health problems it causes,” Inter Press Service reports. “A recently released report by Rachel Vogelstein, a fellow at the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the…

New Approaches, Partnerships Needed To Make Use Of Available Development Assistance Resources

“After rising threefold during the first decade of the 21st century, development assistance for health has plateaued,” Anurag Mairal, the global program leader for technology solutions at PATH, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “To further reduce health inequities, we need new approaches that make the most…

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