Global Health Matters

25 February 2021 - By James Anderson
Antibiotics have transformed healthcare. But today, the ubiquitous use of these live-saving drugs has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Once-treatable diseases like common infections of the bloodstream, urinary or respiratory tracts are becoming more difficult to treat using these tools. Combating drug resistance means facing a silent pandemic ...
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23 February 2021 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was originally posted on Pharma Boardroom on 23 February 2021 The story of COVID-19 vaccines is one of incredible collaboration. Never before has there been such an effort on a mass scale to solve a global health crisis. We've seen a decade of normal vaccine development compressed into ...
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22 December 2020 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This oped was originally published on Media Planet Vaccine Awareness Campaign on 22 December 2020 Vaccines are one of the most cost effective interventions we have to safeguard public health and yet during this pandemic we have seen a decrease in public confidence. The latest World Economic Forum/Ipsos survey found ...
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15 December 2020 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Last week, IFPMA hosted the fifth and last CEO COVID-19 media briefing of 2020 with CEOs and top executives from Eli Lilly and Company, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Roche.  I joined the CEOs as they shared their take on progress achieved in 2020 and insights into 2021 and beyond. ...
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9 December 2020 - By Laetitia Bigger
This oped was originally published on Media Planet Value of Vaccines Q4 2020 Campaign on 10 December 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us how vulnerable the world is in the face of deadly pathogens. Vaccines have been an essential tool offering protection from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pneumonia, and ...
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8 December 2020 - By Charles Kwanin
Q&A with Charles Kwanin on occasion of the Launch of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award Charles Kwanin is a young professional working in global health and former nurse practitioner from Ghana Today, IFPMA and Speak Up Africa are launching the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award to highlight ...
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1 December 2020 - By Greg Perry
This was originally published on Global Cause on the 2020 HIV & TB Awareness campaign on 1 December 2020. As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, we need to maintain continued access to HIV and TB essential medications worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 1.2 million lives, and many more ...
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13 November 2020 - By Cary Adams
For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), Dr Cary Adams shares with us the importance of raising awareness on the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance and how it affects the cancer community. In what circumstances and how often are antibiotics used for cancer treatment and care? The treatment and care of ...
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6 November 2020 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Dame Sally Davies, UK AMR Special Envoy and Thomas Cueni, IFPMA’s DG have shared platforms on panels.  This time at the World AMR Congress, saw the duo in a different format, with Dame Sally pitching questions at Thomas Cueni and asking him if industry has done enough to tackle AMR.  ...
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26 October 2020 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Watch full interview hereThomas Cueni, IFPMA Director General, spoke to Al Jazeera English, on the side lines of the World Health Summit, about collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and governments to make sure COVID 19 vaccines are available in poorer countries; as well as industry’s commitment to the most rigorous ...
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19 October 2020 - By Thomas B. Cueni
On Saturday October 17, I was honoured to take part in the 8th edition of the African Invention and Technological Innovation Fair organized by the Organisation Africaine sur la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI). Innovation, creativity and intellectual property are linked to socio-economic development. The African Invention and Technology Innovation Fair plays ...
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13 October 2020 - By
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, innovative players and industries operating in the health sector have been pressed to collaborate, innovate, and accelerate their research and development efforts in response to these unprecedented times.  The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), the trade association that represents biopharmaceutical ...
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9 October 2020 - By Wendy Orchard
In the lead up to World Mental Health Day we sat down with Wendy Orchard, Executive Director of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) as she prepares to hold a virtual March for mental health, to find out what has been the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and ...
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5 October 2020 - By Eric de Roodenbeke
Hospitals have been at the forefront in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. We sat down with Eric de Roodenbeke, CEO of the International Hospital Federation to talk about how hospitals have adapted to the new normal as we continue to grapple with the pandemic. 5 Questions to … Eric de Roodenbeke ...
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25 September 2020 - By Thomas B. Cueni
I recently participated in Chatham House Webinar: Creating a New Generation of Antibiotics. It was a great opportunity for me to tell Jim O’ Neill, how little over a year ago, he played a role in speeding up industry action on AMR - something I had decided the IFPMA should ...
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