Global Health Matters

25 November 2016 - By Gerry Elsdon
  Please click on the image above for this must watch video! It’s universally agreed that patients should be able to expect medicines and vaccines to be available when they need them. Yet in some parts of the world, access to high-quality, safe, and efficient treatments can be a cumbersome/awkward ...
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1 November 2016 - By Matthew Downham, PHD
Pharmacists’ role in flu prevention According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) data, in South America flu and other respiratory viruses declined in most countries. Overall, taking the flu shot is the best way to avoid the flu. When fewer people get the vaccine, the virus spreads more quickly, meaning more people ...
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7 October 2016 - By Dr Konji Sebati
Since its inception in 1980, the International Conference of the Drug Regulatory Authorities (ICDRA) represents a major platform for WHO and drug regulatory authorities across its member states, in their efforts to harmonize regulation and improve the safety, efficacy, and quality of medicines. The focus of this year’s ICDRA Conference ...
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3 October 2016 - By John Kalland
Insights and Perspectives from the IFPMA and IFPW “Shaping a Sound Supply Chain Ecosystem” Panel Discussion at the 2016 Global Health Forum, 21 April 2016. Moderated by Sukana Virji, News Editor, Scrip Intelligence and featuring panelists: John Kallend, Sr. Vice President, Director of Manufacturer Relations and Services, Walgreens Boots Alliance ...
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19 September 2016 - By Eduardo Pisani
This blog was originally posted on OECD Insights Antibiotics have made modern medicine possible. Before the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and the recognition of its therapeutic potential, there were few tools doctors could use when patients came to them with common or minor infections from simple paper cuts. Today, ...
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27 May 2016 - By Mario Ottiglio
This blog was originally posted in Diplomatic Courier Since the start of this millennium, we have witnessed many success stories in global health. Death from infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have been cut in half. A child is twice as likely to survive past their fifth birthday than he or ...
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2 May 2016 - By Pierre Van Damme
Viral hepatitis – a silent, but preventable epidemic Recent breakthroughs in available treatment options and the broader objectives of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) make the WHO target of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030 feasible. Earlier this week, the WHO issued updated guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C ...
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24 March 2016 - By Mario Ottiglio
Note to our readers: This is a re-posting that first appeared in Health Affairs Blog Here is something you don’t see too often: a room full of delegates at the World Health Organization (WHO), taking a break from discussions to practice Tai Chi. But so went proceedings at the First Global ...
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24 February 2016 - By Ronald Piervincenzi
This piece was originally published on SciDev.Net. View the original piece and read more news and analysis on science and development at SciDev.Net. The global counterfeit drug trade, a multi-billion dollar industry, is thriving across Africa. For mothers trying to buy life-saving medicines for their children, a trip to the ...
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11 December 2015 - By Eduardo Pisani
This blog was originally posted on Devex. An estimated 400 million people do not have access to basic health care services. That’s about 1 in every 16 people who cannot visit a hospital or clinic to have their blood pressure measured, or learn how to properly care for their child ...
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12 November 2015 - By David Neal
Four universities, fifty students, ten months of research and writing now lead to culmination at the annual conference of Polygeia: Students Shaping Global Health, at the Cambridge Union Society. Our key message: motivated and bright young people are not only the global health leaders of the future, but have the ...
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28 September 2015 - By Mario Ottiglio
This blog was originally posted on Business Fights Poverty. After more than two years of intense negotiations, the United Nations' 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda with 17 goals. Together with the UN Post 2020 Climate targets, these agreements will have far reaching impacts ...
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14 September 2015 - By Eduardo Pisani
This blog was originally posted on OECD Insights. As our heads of state prepare to meet later this month in New York at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the vision of Universal Health Coverage, I will allow myself a moment to ...
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Direct Relief and Children's Hospital For Eye Ear and Rehabilitation Services medical camp in Bhakatpur, Nepal after the 2015 earthquake
10 July 2015 - By Rhys Wenlock
World Population Day, on the 11th July, was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. Its aim is to raise awareness of global population problems, with this year’s focus on vulnerable populations in emergencies. This theme is timely—the past 12 months have seen natural ...
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1 June 2015 - By Dakshina Reddy
The 4th African Regulatory Conference generated unprecedented consensus on a shared vision to bring about genuine regulatory harmonization in Africa. Discussions built on the strong foundations laid by African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) that will ultimately shape a new regulatory landscape for Africa. This is a giant leap from when ...
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