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Novartis Testing Strategies To Improve Pricing, Access To Certain Medicines In Developing Countries

Humanosphere: Drug companies test out new strategies for improving access in poor countries David J. Olson, a global development communications and social marketing consultant, highlights how pharmaceutical company Novartis is trying to improve access to drugs for noncommunicable diseases in developing countries. The company has launched “Novartis Access, which is…

WHO Panel Declares End To Zika As International Public Health Emergency; Agency Will Shift To Long-Term Strategy

CNN: WHO ends Zika public health emergency “The Zika virus outbreak and related clusters of microcephaly are no longer a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Friday…” (Goldschmidt, 11/18). Deutsche Welle: WHO ends Zika global health emergency, moves to long-term response “…But the United Nations…

News Outlets Examine Relationships Among U.N., Western World Leaders On Various Issues

New York Times: Donald Trump and the U.N.: Signs of Clashing Views on Many Issues “In the genteel, carpeted halls of the United Nations headquarters, a 20-minute walk from Trump Tower, diplomats from the world over are holding their breath about the American president-elect. The optimists among them are expressing…

New Report Tracks Progress On Global Health Commitments, Finds Most Funders Met Or Exceeded Targets

Humanosphere: Report: Global health funders (mostly) following through on their promises Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses findings from Global Citizen’s recently released Global Citizen Health Accountability report, which “tracks the progress of 43 separate commitments, from efforts to eradicate polio to vaccinating against malaria. Thirty-four of the commitments have met…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published Issue 300 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features articles on various topics including decisions that were made at last week’s Board meeting; a report by the Global Fund’s executive…

With Funding Secured, Malaria Vaccine Pilots Set To Begin In Africa In 2018, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine “Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world’s first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 11/17). U.N.…

African Policymakers Must Prioritize Funding, Actions To Improve Nutrition

Project Syndicate: The Many Faces of Malnutrition Adebimpe Adebiyi, director of family health at the Nigerian Ministry of Health “…[O]ne in three people worldwide suffer from malnutrition, and it does not always look the way one might expect. From the two billion adults who carry too much weight to the…

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