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Japan’s First PPP to Spearhead Innovation in Global Health

April 2013  MMV; As Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) dedicated to the discovery, development and delivery of new global health tools, we applaud the official launch of the Global Health Innovation and Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), which was announced today in Tokyo, Japan. This new public-private partnership of the Japanese Government, …

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A fools game

April 2013 The Economist; NOVARTIS spent nearly 15 years seeking a patent in India for Glivec, a medicine for chronic myeloid leukemia. That quest reached its dead end, at last, on April 1st. India’s Supreme Court rejected the Swiss drugmaker’s patent application. Glivec (marketed in America as “Gleevec”) is a …

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The contraceptive revolution: focused efforts are still needed

March 2013,The Lancet; In The Lancet, Leontine Alkema and colleagues1 illustrate the usefulness of rigorous modelling to provide convincing estimates of health indicators when empirical data are patchy or non-existent. Their report presents by far the most complete country-specific information about trends between 1990 and 2010, with projections to 2015, …

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The contraceptive revolution: focused efforts are still needed

March 2013,Online Library;Impressive reductions of up to 29% in maternal deaths may be expected from satisfying unmet need for contraception, as shown in a recent analysis covering 172 countries (Ahmed et al. 2012). Despite the cost-effectiveness of family planning (Prata et al. 2010), investments remain low (Osotimehin 2012), a concern declared under …

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Serial abortions becoming cool in Kenya

March 2013, The Star; There are some issues in society that will never die off and as much as we try to turn our backs, the debate on abortion can never go away. It is a silent ‘problem’ that many women, oblivious or ignorant of the consequences, continue to procure …

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Evaluating the Viability of a Health Savings Card in Kenya

March 2013, SHOPS Project;  In Kenya, a stored-value electronic savings card offered by a local business—Changamka—allows families to save for prenatal visits, deliveries, and postnatal care. The purpose of the savings product is to enable women to meet the relatively large costs associated with maternity care by saving over the …

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