A U.N. Conference on Trade and Development report issued last week suggested “[l]ocal production of pharmaceuticals in some poor African and Asian countries, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, and Bangladesh, has the potential to improve access to essential drugs for many of the one billion people who live in the world’s least developed countries,” BMJ News writes.
On Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) said “it does not have enough funds to continue flying supplies by helicopter to western Nepal, where road access is patchy and around a million people rely on U.N. food aid,” Agence France-Presse reports.
HHS Secretary Sebelius Discusses Polio Eradication, Maintaining Smallpox Virus Stocks At World Health Assembly
In a press briefing on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday “cited two major issues for the U.S.: the eradication of polio, as concerns remain in countries where the disease is endemic, such as Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan, with outbreaks in other nations, and maintaining the stocks of smallpox virus, which has already been eradicated,” Intellectual Property Watch reports.
A decline in contributions from the WHO’s leading 30 “traditional” donor nations and the exchange rate for the weaker U.S. dollar are causing the agency to cut its budget and staff, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters in a news conference at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
New U.N. Website: The new site focuses on the upcoming High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, June 8-10,Â according toÂ an update on theÂ UNAIDS Facebook page. It includes program information, background materials and other details relevant to the meeting (5/18). Cultivating The WHO’s Strengths: This CSIS Global Health Policy Center…
The Telegraph reports that when “UNICEF began publishing prices agreed with suppliers for a range of vaccines over the past decade, … some companies â€“ including GSK, Novartis, Intervax and Crucell â€“ did not initially allow disclosure.”
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on Monday laid out her vision for reforming the international health agency in the opening address of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, saying she sees “a WHO that gives a bigger voice to the many partners working on health, but encourages them to speak with a coherent voice that responds, first and foremost, to the needs and priorities as defined by recipient countries,” Intellectual Property Watch reports.
As the 64th World Health Assembly gets underway in Geneva, the body will consider “an array of subjects pertaining to reforms of the organisation and its financing, vaccines, fake medicines, and influenza pandemic preparedness, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases,” Intellectual Property Watch reports (Saez, 5/13).
The WHO on Friday released its annual World Health Statistics report, which includes data on more than 100 indicators â€“ such as life expectancy, mother and child mortality, disease prevalence and health expenditures â€“ from the agency’s 193 member states, the Associated Press reports (5/14).
The World Food Program (WFP) has resumed food aid operations in South Sudan after operations were suspended last month because of violence, Reuters reports.