The FDA inspected 0.7 percent of foreign clinical drug trial sites in 2008 while 80 percent of applications approved for marketing that year contained data from foreign drug trials, according to a report (.pdf) from the Inspector General of HHS, CBS News reports (Strickler, 6/22).
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Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti
Canada Must Lead To EnsureÂ Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…
PBS’ NewsHour’s “The Rundown” blog examines the recent naming of eight countries to receive additional technical and management resources under President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI).
East African Business Week/allAfrica.com reports on the recent decision by the World Bank to back the creation of “a unique regional network of 25 public health laboratories” in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda with $63.66 million in support.
A lack of leadership, donor disagreements and overarching disorganization has led Haiti to make little progress in its rebuilding effort since the January 12 earthquake, according to a U.S. Senate report expected to be released on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Also In Global Health News: Oxfam Appeals For Hunger Aid; Birth Asphyxia Prevention; South Africa HIV Incidence; Arsenic In Bangladesh; Global Health Spending; Kenya Blood Collection
Oxfam Appeals For $10 Million In Hunger Aid For West Africa Oxfam estimates that “more than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices,”Â Pan African News AgencyÂ reports (6/22). Oxfam has “launched a Â£7m [$10 million] emergency appeal…
Health leaders from around the world gathered on Friday to formally launch a new strategy for eradicating polio, Newsweek’s “The Human Condition” blog reports in a post examining the challenges and successes health advocates face in attempting to wipe the virus out completely (Carmichael, 6/18).
During a speech at the National Press Club on Friday, USAID Administrator Rajiv spoke about ongoing efforts to reform the agency he oversees, noting the importance of improving development strategies targeting women, among other things, All Headline News reports (6/20).
New $20M Fund To Support Haitian Small-, Medium-Sized Businesses Announced After First Interim Haiti Reconstruction Committee Meeting
Former President Bill Clinton along with Mexican telecom executive Carlos Slim and Frank Guistra, a Canadian “mining magnet,” on Thursday announced “a $20 million fund to help support the expansion and creation of small- and medium-size Haitian businesses,” the Miami Herald reports.
An accountability report, prepared by officials in G8 member countries’ foreign affairs departments, acknowledges that G8 “countries are $10 billion behind the five-year, $50-billion commitment they made at their 2005 summit in Scotland,” the Canadian Press/CTV News reports (6/20).