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Indian Court’s Novartis Ruling Keeps Door to Cheap Drugs Open

April 2013  SciDev.net; The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has lost its seven-year court battle to patent the cancer drug Glivec in India, where generic versions of the medicine provide life-saving drugs to thousands of people. Novartis wanted exclusive rights to manufacture the drug on the grounds that a new substance …

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Trouble in Nigeria’s House of Health

April 2013  Vanguard News; THERE is trouble in Nigeria’s house of health at the Federal level, where health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, are spoiling for a showdown with Federal government. The grouse of the workers, comprising nurses, midwives, laboratory scientists, non-academic staff and …

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Policies key to deployment of healthcare technologies

April 2013, Daily Nation; The health ecosystem in Kenya, like many other sectors, faces its own unique challenges more so when trying to build a technology based business that addresses the needs of this particular vertical. Having been involved in a number of initiatives in this space, I have experienced …

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Global health post-2015: the case for universal health equity

April 2013 Global Health Action; Conclusions-The global landscape is changing. Virtually all reporters acknowledge a global context indistinguishable from the one in which the MDGs were formulated. Climate change, the environment, planetary boundaries, globalisation, the global economic crises, urbanisation, industrialisation, migration, the double burden of non-communicable and infectious diseases, conflict, …

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Activists fear less focus on HIV after 2015

April 2013 Plus News BANGKOK, 28 March 2013; As a UN high-level panel completes worldwide consultations to pick development goals for 2015 and beyond, PlusNews consulted experts to see how HIV/AIDS might fit into this new agenda. The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, …

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World Bank Aims to End Extreme Poverty by 2030

April 2013 IPS News; World Bank President Jim Kim has unveiled a series of new institutional goals aimed at ending extreme poverty by 2030 and focusing on the promotion of “shared prosperity” – increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent in each country while placing increased focus on dealing …

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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,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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