Global Health Matters

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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25 March 2014 - By Mario Ottiglio
In a month we will celebrate “World Malaria Day” (25 April)! The Fight the Fakes campaign would like to mark the progress made in the control and elimination of malaria with a ringing Thunderclap! Malaria is a disease that can be prevented, diagnosed and treated when using the right medicines. ...
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24 March 2014 - By Mario Ottiglio
Life just always seems a bit tougher on Mondays. One good way to blow away the blues is to concentrate on projects that reward you with quick wins followed by the reward of some “me time”. That’s why, when I can, I try to fit in an hour of sport ...
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4 February 2014 - By Cary Adams
Today, February 4th is World Cancer Day. This annual event is the ideal opportunity for millions of people to raise the profile of cancer around the world. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and its 800 member organisations across 155 countries seek to press the world’s media to place ...
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26 November 2013 - By Eduardo Pisani
In my capacity as IFPMA Director General, I have an interesting vantage point of how the various global health groups in Geneva and beyond – international organizations, NGOs, national governmental missions and industry – collectively tackle a range of global health issues. Collective action has led to important progress on ...
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18 November 2013 - By Soeren Mattke
The recent United Nations Summit on MDGs fueled the final push to achieve health-related Millennium Development Goals and focused attention on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also caused me to revisit a 2011 report on improving access to drugs non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries and a report that ...
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10 October 2013 - By Mario Ottiglio
Last May the WHO launched its Global Action Plan on Mental Health. This plan captures years of hard work and offers a clear road map to tackle a global health priority. Mental and neurological disorders—MNDs—go too often silent and yet exert a paramount toll on individuals, societies, and the economy. ...
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20 September 2013 - By Mario Ottiglio
This week I am writing from New York where I am following UN meetings on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is an important milestone as the international community has its final chance to have a say about how well or bad the world has done to achieve the MDGs. ...
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22 July 2013 - By Mario Ottiglio
Every day, fake medicines find their way into online and physical pharmacies, hospitals, and street markets. This plague knows no borders. In the best case scenario, fake medicines leave patients with no side-effects but also without a cure. In many other cases, however, they can kill people. For this reason, ...
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15 July 2013 - By Eduardo Pisani
Mobile phones are the most rapidly adopted technology in the world: next year, there will be more mobile phones than human beings on this planet. For all of us who work in global health the question is how can we leverage the power of these billions of mobile phones to ...
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8 July 2013 - By Andrew Jenner
What do we really mean when we say “incremental innovation”? Are we really just talking about minor changes to already existing medicines? Looking at the many positive things that incremental innovation – a continuous, lengthy, step-by-step research process – has meant for patients, the answer is a clear NO. Incremental ...
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