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New Report Calls On U.N. To Include Global Health R&D Indicators In SDG Monitoring Framework

Blog posts discuss a new report commissioned by a coalition of health nonprofits, titled “Measuring Global Health R&D for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Development goals should include measures of global health research, report argues
Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, writes, “…While the SDGs include ambitious targets for reducing child and maternal deaths and eradicating the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics, the report notes, no indicators are established to measure progress on the development and delivery of new and improved drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other health tools to achieve those goals…” (9/8).

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: To meet the global goals, U.N. must include health R&D indicators in SDG framework
GHTC Communications Officer Marissa Chmiola writes, “…Despite the importance of global health R&D to achieving the SDGs, it’s largely missing from the current agenda. Only one of the 169 targets — target 3.b — is specifically aimed at advancing R&D to meet the health needs of LMICs, and, unfortunately, it excludes several important categories of health interventions including diagnostics, microbicides, devices, and other health tools, and it conflates two distinct problems — the need to support R&D to develop new tools and the need for those new tools to be affordable and accessible…” (9/8).

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