Global Health Matters

4 October 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This oped was first published in the World Medical Journal (Vol. 64, September2018). An efficient healthcare system depends on mutual trust between all parties – but how should that translate concretely into the day to day reality of whether a healthcare professional should be given a subscription to a journal ...
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28 September 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This oped was first published on Health Policy Watch on 28 September 2018. It’s often hard to see progress when the realities surrounding you are bleak: non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the world’s biggest killer, responsible for around 70 percent of global deaths. Each year some 40 million people die of ...
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26 September 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This interview was first published on Pharma Boardroom on 25 September 2018. This second installment of an exclusive two-part interview with Thomas Cueni, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), defines ‘fair pricing’, gives IFPMA’s take on so-called “cost-plus” pricing models, and talks about access ...
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20 September 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This interview was first published on Pharma Boardroom on 18 September 2018. In this first installment of an exclusive two-part interview, IFPMA’s Thomas Cueni expounds on how IFPMA has grown from an association of associations to also include companies as members, key milestones in the organization’s 50 years of existence, ...
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14 September 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on the Diplomatic Courier on 13 September 2018   The alarm has rightly been sounded on a silent killer. Faced with the staggering figure that 40 million people lose their lives each year to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), it is time to leave our comfort zones ...
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13 August 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog piece has been first published in Africa Health Journal, July 2018 Latest Ebola response holds key to global health security Thomas Cueni discusses the important role of immunisation and the critical role of the pharmaceutical industry in combatting new threats such as with Ebola The recent deadly outbreak ...
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12 July 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This letter was first published on the Financial Times on 4th July 2018, in response to the article titled "Pharma sector failing to tackle superbugs, says O’Neill" (26th June 2018)   I respectfully disagree with Jim O’Neill’s comments on pharmaceutical companies’ inaction on combating antimicrobial resistance (“ Pharma sector failing ...
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29 June 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on the Media Planet supplement for the Guardian on 27 June 2018   Last month, President Kagame told the World Health Assembly: “In Rwanda, a combination of community-based health insurance, community health workers, and good external partnerships led to the steepest reductions (a halving) in ...
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23 May 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on Devex on 23 May 2018   At the 2014 Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, the late Professor Hans Rosling quizzed his audience of leading scientists on average life expectancy. Given three choices, just over a quarter of the crowd picked the correct answer ...
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26 April 2018 - By Fumie Griego
Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) World Intellectual Property Day to recognize the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year’s campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common ...
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23 April 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on EPM on 23 April 2018. We have been lucky to live through a period of improving global public health, facilitated in part by innovation from and partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry. However we now find ourselves facing a new threat from an old foe ...
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21 April 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on Diplomatic Courier on 21 April 2018. “Business as usual will not work any longer regarding NCDs. The global burden and challenge of NCDs is of such a scale and magnitude that it requires thinking out of the box and new partnerships and financing mechanisms”. ...
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19 April 2018 - By Angus Thomson & Laetitia Bigger
  In this 'post-truth era', in which norms and science are being increasingly questioned, is ‘not knowing how and what to know’, as University of Connecticut Professor of Philosophy Michael P. Lynch puts it, putting the success of global vaccination programs at risk? Gaps in coverage in well-established vaccination programs ...
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11 April 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on Diplomatic Courier on 11 April 2018.   1948 saw the birth of the UK’s National Health Service providing healthcare free for all at the point of delivery - and 55 countries meet for the inaugural World Health Assembly.  Seven decades later, Ebola and Zika ...
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23 March 2018 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Before the World Economic Forum, Davos’ first claim to fame was as a haven for wealthy tuberculosis sufferers in the 1800s and 1900s: the rarefied air of the Magic Mountain, as Thomas Mann dubbed it, offered a “certain” cure. The Davos visitors of those days, like Mann’s Hans Castorp, were ...
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