WORLD NEWS

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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Advocates See Historic Chance to Turn Tide on TB

March 2013, IPS; Patients, doctors and international aid groups are calling on donors and governments to support measures that would make treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis more effective and accessible. The demands are being made amidst the recent or imminent approval of two new drugs, bedaquiline and delamanid. Advocates say the …

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Financing Family Planning- Madagascar

April 2013, SHOPS; The SHOPS project worked with Marie Stopes Madagascar to implement a year-long program (October 2010 to September 2011) in Madagascar that aimed to (1) expand access to voluntary family planning through provision of long-acting and permanent methods via mobile outreach teams working across underserved regions and (2) …

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Health Services in Iraq.

March 2013,The Lancet; Summary-After decades of war, sanctions, and occupation, Iraq’s health services are struggling to regain lost momentum. Many skilled health workers have moved to other countries, and young graduates continue to leave. In spite of much rebuilding, health infrastructure is not fully restored. National development plans call for …

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Dying on a Prayer: Preachers tell Zambians to Stop Taking ARVs

March 2013,ThinkAfricaPress ; Over the past few years, Zambia, which has one of the heaviest HIV/AIDS burdens in world, has managed to reduce its HIV/AIDS rate and make promising progress in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and care. But while there have been some heartening national advances in combating HIV/AIDS …

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