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PhRMA Representatives Meet With Officials In India To Discuss Compulsory Licensing

During a visit with government officials, industry leaders and NGOs in India last week, representatives from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a U.S. lobbying group that represents the country’s pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology companies, addressed “the Indian government’s proposal to allow local drugmakers to make low-cost version of patented drugs so that they can be made available to patients,” the Economic Times reports. “Issuing compulsory licensing is not a long-term solution and will be counterproductive,” PhRMA Executive VP Christopher Singer said.

New York Times Profiles USAID Administrator Shah

The New York Times profiles USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and examines the challenges that come with leading the development agency at this point in time. “A staunch supporter of Mr. Obama’s candidacy, he said he viewed his election as a Kennedy moment – worth trading weekend hikes in Washington State for the Beltway slog of Washington,” the New York Times writes of Shah, who explained his decision to join the government by describing himself as a “chronic complainer when we’re not in power.” Shah said, “I believe that these moments in history, when you have this kind of president, are rare.”

To Reach MDGs, Citizens Must Demand More From Political Leaders, Former U.N. Secretary-General Tells U.N. Foundation Board Meeting

At a U.N. Foundation board meeting in Ghana to discuss Millennium Development Goal progress, which concluded on Saturday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “called on the citizenry to demand the attainment of these set goals from their political leaders,” the Accra Mail reports. “It is only through this that we can put pressure on the politician to work towards achieving these goals,” he said, according to the newpaper.

Opinions: Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak; Japan’s Global Fund Commitment; African Leaders’ Commitments To Global Fund; Building Sustainable Development Projects

Interventions Needed To Prevent Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak From Spreading “[I]t was only a matter of time before a cholera outbreak occurred amid the devastation of post-earthquake Haiti. Why? Because cholera spreads in areas where there is untreated sewage, contaminated water, and people living close together. Cholera may also spread easily…

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR-Supported Programs In Uganda; Cholera In Nigeria; $275M For Jordan’s Water Supply; Recovered Global Fund Money In Uganda; Maternal Health In India; Malnutrition In Yemen

PEPFAR Awards $250M To Uganda For HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has provided “eleven new awards [which] amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years” to Uganda “in support” of the country’s HIV/AIDS response, a U.S. Mission press release states (10/21). Uganda’s…

Aid Agencies Threaten To Leave Afghanistan As President Karzai Orders Private Security Firms To Dissolve

“Companies and aid organizations implementing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S.-funded projects here say they are preparing to leave Afghanistan unless President Hamid Karzai amends a decree that outlaws their private security protection,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Accusing private firms of “causing civilian casualties and colluding with the Taliban,” Karzai ordered them to dissolve by 2011; he has made an exception for foreign military bases and embassies but not aid and development organizations, according to the newspaper.

Opinions: U.S. Aid For Haiti Delays; U.S. Medical Education Initiative

Sen. Coburn On Haiti Aid Delays In a Washington Examiner opinion piece, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) writes about U.S. aid to Haiti and addresses allegations that he is holding up funding: “The situation in Haiti is confusing, but there are some things we know. First, we know that immediately after the earthquake…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Progress, Challenges In Curbing Neglected Tropical Diseases: “The effect of 30 years of neglect for these diseases in research and development of new diagnostics and drugs, and, crucially, in investing in training and education in vector-borne diseases, is evident. Most current drugs for neglected tropical diseases are old, and the…

U.N. Reports Explore Issues Facing Women Worldwide

Two U.N. reports released on Wednesday examine the conditions faced by women around the world, the New York Times reports (MacFarquhar, 10/20). The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics report, which is published every five years, offers a compilation of “the latest data documenting progress for women worldwide in eight key areas: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty,” according to a U.N. Statistics press release (.pdf).