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House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing Addresses Fight Against Malaria

“Leading global health experts told Capitol Hill lawmakers [Friday] that the fight against malaria is at a turning point, during a hearing on the U.S. role in combating malaria globally,” held by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse”…

With HPV Vaccine Price Lowered, Challenge Now Is Strengthening Health Systems For Rollout

“Since their approval, health experts and campaigners, including The Lancet, have called for the vaccines against the human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause cervical cancer to become available at a much cheaper price,” a Lancet editorial states. High prices “meant the vaccines were prohibitively expensive for low-income countries where most HPV…

To Reach ‘FP2020’ Goal, Targets Must Be Re-Examined

Participants at the 2012 London Family Planning Summit “pledged $2.6 billion dollars in additional funding to achieve a worthy goal: provide 120 million new women who have ‘unmet need’ with family planning products and services by 2020 in 69 of the world’s poorest countries,” a movement dubbed “FP2020,” Christopher Purdy,…

Blog Examines Drug Donation Programs, Big Pharma’s Role In Public Health Agenda

“Drug donations, reinvestment of profits in developing countries and a more flexible approach to intellectual property have all signaled a more collaborative approach from industry with the likes of GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson and Merck all performing well in the 2012 Access to Medicine Initiative,” Adam Robert Green, senior…

PBS Blog Features Stories Looking At Mobile Technology And Health In Africa

PBS’s “Rundown” blog features two stories as part of the “Cheers Report,” a “series of reports on the impact of mobile technology and health in 10 African countries.” In the first story, Imani Cheers, the director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, describes how mobile…

UNITAID, Medicines Patent Pool Work To Improve Access To Medicines In Developing World

Devex features a sponsored interview with Dennis Broun, executive director of UNITAID, which uses innovative financing and “its understanding of how to address market shortcomings to improve access to quality-assured treatment and diagnostics for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in low-income countries.” Broun discusses innovations in global health financing, lessons…

Drug Makers Must Change R&D Practices Or Patent Disputes Will Continue

“[T]he impact of [a decision by the Supreme Court in India to disallow a new patent for an updated version of Novartis’ cancer drug Glivec] will likely be broader than just that issue, escalating a long-simmering fight over patented cancer medications in emerging markets,” Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health,…

South Africa Announces Rollout Of New Single-Dose ARV Therapy

“South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday the launch of a new single-dose combination antiretroviral [ARV] drug that will cost just 89 rand a month ($10) per patient, potentially revolutionizing AIDS treatment in the country,” Salon reports (McDonough, 4/9). “The new pill will be introduced this month to…

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