Group Of Experts Calls For Establishment Of Global Fund For Public Health Innovation R&D

News outlets report on a paper published in PLOS Medicine by researchers who call for a global fund to support research and development of new innovations of public health importance.

The Guardian: Experts call for global research fund for antibiotics, Ebola, and other neglected diseases
“…[A] group of experts is now calling for a global fund to be established, worth at least $10 billion, to pay for the research and development of such drugs. The market has failed to produce what the world needs. Ahead of the World Health Assembly which opens in Geneva on Monday, they are putting the case for special measures in a paper in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine…” (Boseley, 5/11).

Medical News Today: Ebola and other deadly diseases: ‘global fighting fund needed’
“…The authors want the establishment of a ‘global biomedical R&D fund and mechanism for innovations of public health importance’ to be one of the recommendations that result from the [G7] meeting. They note that while large, international, multilateral funds exist for global health delivery, there is no significant pooled funding mechanism for research and development to complement existing but limited research funding for a wide range of diseases…” (MacGill, 5/12).