Global Health Matters

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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23 April 2015 - By Abigail Wood
The human cost of malaria affects countless families worldwide – including my own. As a young man, my grandfather suffered with the disease whilst serving with British troops in India. He described it as having ‘stolen a year of his life’, but that his long illness paled in comparison to ...
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16 April 2015 - By Marc Gentilini
For all the advances it has produced, globalisation also has its downsides. One such example, the counterfeiting of medical products, represents a major threat to our societies, in particular the poorest ones. The data is rare and difficult to verify with certainty. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about ...
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10 April 2015 - By Paul Dearden
In a globalized world, the regulatory landscape is changing every day to address, in tandem, old and new challenges. With regulatory systems increasingly under pressure globally, what will be the most promising weapons in the fight to make regulatory systems in Africa work more efficiently? And how to pay the ...
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4 March 2015 - By
What can be done to speed up access to new medicines for patients and improve quality, safety, and efficacy of medicines in Asia The 2015 Asia Regulatory Conference (ARC) on February 4-5 in Chinese Taipei brought together over 250 stakeholders from regulatory, pharmaceutical, academic, civil society, international and non-governmental organisations, ...
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29 January 2015 - By Estelle Michael
The clock is ticking! In just few days, we will be joining friends and colleagues in Taipei for the Asia Regulatory Conference (4th and 5th of February). The program was crafted by a Programme Committee, which consists of regulatory professionals from regulatory authorities, industry and trade associations including the Taiwanese ...
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4 December 2014 - By Abraham Palache
The case has been made time and again: the annual flu shot saves lives. Around 3 to 5 million people suffer from severe flu each year and it is estimated 5% to 10% of people die as a result. Children, pregnant women, healthcare workers and the increasing number of people ...
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29 September 2014 - By Andrew Jenner
Pushing the boundaries of innovation is at the core of the pharmaceutical industry. However, it’s also the “business model” for many diseases. Microbes, including bacteria and viruses, are constantly evolving to cloak themselves from being affected by antimicrobial medicines.  Similarly, aggressive cancers are increasingly becoming unresponsive to first line treatments.  ...
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23 April 2014 - By Stephen Cook
Did you know that with the exception of safe drinking water, no other public health intervention has had such a major impact upon mortality reduction as vaccines have had? Figures talk by themselves. In 2012 alone, 111 million children were given vaccines against life threatening diseases, preventing some 2 to ...
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2 April 2014 - By Andrew Jenner
The Chief Innovation Officer of the company that invented the way crisps in a tube are packed (rather than the wasteful packages full of air) coined the phrase: “What we’ve done to encourage innovation is make it ordinary.” The bio-pharmaceutical scientists and researchers deal with more complex issues than the ...
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31 March 2014 - By Eduardo Pisani
With 1 billion people lacking access to basic health care and more than 2 billion people lacking regular access to essential medicines, governments are increasingly placing emphasis on the promise of universal health coverage (UHC). UHC has become an increasingly salient issue for developed and developing countries alike in the ...
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