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World Governments Should Set Smart Development Targets, Focus On Key Priorities

Project Syndicate: Smart Development Targets Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “…[T]he U.N. is currently poised to consider an impossibly inclusive 169 targets [for the post-2015 development agenda]. … In truth, having 169 priorities is like having none…

Social Costs Of Diseases Must Be Considered When Debating Costs Of Drug R&D

U.S. News & World Report: The True Cost of Costly Drug Development Paul Howard, senior fellow and director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, and Yevgeniy Feyman, a fellow and deputy director of the Center for Medical Progress “…Focusing on the development costs, or even drug prices, without…

WHO Governing Body Agrees To Global Malaria Strategy, Budget For 2016-17

WHO: World Health Assembly agrees Global Malaria Strategy and Program Budget 2016-17 “…The strategy aims to reduce the global disease burden by 40 percent by 2020, and by at least 90 percent by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 new countries by 2030. Between 2000…

German Chancellor Merkel, WHO Director-General Chan Open WHA, Speak About WHO Reform, Health Emergency Preparedness, Drug Resistance

News outlets report on the opening of the World Health Assembly, taking place this week in Geneva. Agence France-Presse: World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel “…In an address in Geneva, [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel stressed the interconnectedness of global health systems, insisting all nations must work together…

As Health Development Aid Increased, WHO’s Influence Shrank, Data Show

Vox: One chart that explains why the WHO is actually in crisis “…Though funding for the WHO has leveled off in recent years, that only came after more than 20 years of massive increases. Overall funding for development assistance for health also increased dramatically in the period. What changed, however,…