Global Health Matters

21 January 2020 - By Dr Lembit Rägo
This year IFPMA is hosting its 10th Asia Regulatory Conference (ARC2020) in Kuala Lumpur. The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) is represented in the conference Advisory Board by Dr Lembit Rägo, its Secretary General. IFPMA sat down with Dr Rägo to discuss CIOMS’s activities, future of the ...
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7 January 2020 - By David Jefferys
This article was originally published in Pharma Focus Asia in December 2019. Regulatory reliance is increasingly being used by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) with different regulatory systems and is actively promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a mechanism to better manage resource capacity issues and strengthen regulatory systems. ...
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6 December 2019 - By Andréa Vassalotti
On the occasion of Fight the Fakes Week 2019, we talked to Andrea Vassalotti, Director of Partnerships and Programmes at the World Heart Federation (WHF), about the importance of recognizing the issue of substandard and falsified medicines as a public health threat, and the efforts that must be made to  ...
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3 December 2019 - By Dr Githinji Gitahi
This year’s theme for International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day is “Keep the Promise”. We sat down with Dr Githinji Gitahi, CEO of Amref Health Africa and co-chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee to discuss how to operationalise and finance UHC after the various global commitments and plans to achieve ...
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18 November 2019 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This article was originally published in Media Planet UK on November 18, 2019. 700,000 people around the world, who die each year through antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections, would be on the minds of many during this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week. AMR is a global health emergency caused by the ...
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14 November 2019 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This article was originally published (in German) in Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) on November 14, 2019. Antimicrobial resistance: A ticking time bomb The more indiscriminate antibiotics are used in everyday medical practice, the higher the likelihood that they will lose their effect. Pathogenic bacteria are enormously adaptable. If we want to win ...
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12 November 2019 - By Greg Perry
This blog was originally published on Pharma Boardroom on 12 November 2019 Last week I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on access to medicines at the World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin. The session brought together a panel of public health leaders from diverse sectors, specialities and ...
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12 November 2019 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Last month I sat down with Michael McKay from the WRS to discuss the biopharmaceutical industry and its role, opportunities and challenges in this very complex world of health. As I was telling him during our lengthy conversation, the biopharmaceutical industry is responsible for a lot of what has changed ...
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30 October 2019 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This article was originally published (in German) in the print edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on October 29, 2019. Progress in discovering new antibiotics is imperative Boosting R&D to fight superbugs: getting the risk-reward ratio right Fifty years ago, the global health community thought it had won the war ...
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30 October 2019 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This article was originally published in the Financial Times on October 30, 2019. Rich countries must pay more to achieve health for all in poorer countries Trade association chief argues the case for differentiated pricing If you live on as little as $2 a day, even finding 20 cents for ...
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Doctor meet African child
25 October 2019 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was originally published on Health Policy Watch on 25 October 2019. As the World Health Summit opens Sunday in Berlin, one of the key themes running through the conference will be how industry, government and civil society leaders can collaborate more effectively to build strong health institutions – ...
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23 September 2019 - By Dr Angela Gichaga
As world leaders meet at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World” which aims to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage, Dr. Angela Nyambura Gichaga, Chief Executive Officer, the Financing Alliance for Health (FAH) explains how partnerships can help ...
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2 September 2019 - By Paola Barbarino
Paola Barbarino, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), talks to IFPMA about changing attitudes and perceptions surrounding dementia and Alzheimer's.  Is mental health getting enough attention in the UHC discussions and what are your hopes for the upcoming UN High Level Meeting on UHC? Following on from the ...
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15 August 2019 - By David A. Ricks
This article was originally published in the Financial Times on August 6, 2019.  The search for a dementia cure rests on helping innovators Governments must steer private funding towards difficult diseases Innovation can change the maths of Alzheimer’s disease. But to do that, governments need to change the maths for ...
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5 August 2019 - By David Stewart
David Stewart, Associate Director, Nursing and Health Policy at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) talks to IFPMA about the importance of nurses in achieving universal health coverage. Earlier this year, Dr Tedros endorsed 2020 as the Year of Nurses and Midwives. What are your hopes for 2020? We have ...
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