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Devex, Health Policy Watch Report On WHO Executive Board Meeting, Including Access To Medicines Draft Roadmap, Progress Report On NCDs

Devex: WHO’s controversial next steps to improve access to medicines “A majority of countries cheered the World Health Organization’s draft roadmap on access to medicines presented this week, applauding its relevance in the struggle to achieve universal health coverage. But several stakeholders think the draft requires continued consultations on key…

‘Science Speaks’ Highlights Recent Pieces On HIV, TB Treatment, Intellectual Property, PEPFAR

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: What We’re Reading: In HIV and TB treatment, science supports human rights Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses several global health-related articles addressing various topics, including a blog post on HIV criminalization, an opinion piece on the value of providing rights-based interventions to…

WHO Tobacco Control Meeting Takes Steps To Prevent Industry Influence

Devex: At anti-tobacco conference, a race to beat industry tactics “When they take their seats at the World Health Organization’s tobacco-control meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this week, delegates [to the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties] should keep a keen eye out for unsavory tactics by the tobacco…

FT Health Discusses U.N. High-Level Meetings On TB, NCDs, Features Interview With World Intellectual Property Organization Director-General

FT Health: Time for action on NCDs The latest issue of the Financial Times’ weekly global health newsletter discusses takeaways from the U.N. High-Level Meetings on TB and NCDs and features an interview with Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, “which this week launched Pat-Informed, the…

Framework Convention On Tobacco Control Conference Opens With Calls For More Efforts In Less-Developed Countries

Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Head Highlights Tobacco Plain Packaging Victory At WTO; Vaping Lobbyists Hit Geneva “World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Dr. Tedros) [Monday] hailed a dispute settlement decision at the neighboring World Trade Organization upholding laws requiring tobacco products to be packaged without logos or designs as…

U.N. Should Protect Intellectual Property Rights To Spur Innovation

Washington Examiner: The U.N. can boost global health by simply protecting IP rights Philip Thompson, policy analyst for intellectual property and international trade with the Property Rights Alliance “…Member states writing [the U.N. Political Declaration to End Tuberculosis] refused to accept U.S. language affirming intellectual property rights as an important…

Lancet Global Health Pieces Discuss Upcoming U.N. High-Level Meeting On TB

The Lancet Global Health: A new era for tuberculosis? Editorial Board “…Earlier drafts of the political declaration — the key outcome document of the [first-ever U.N. High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis] — contained reference to the full use of flexibilities in intellectual property rules geared towards maximizing access. Yet, under…