Global Health Matters

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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10 June 2013 - By Mario Ottiglio
During the recent World Health Assembly, there was a lot of discussion on how to realize tangible progress against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which today lead to more than 60% of deaths worldwide. WHO Member States nailed down a focused and solid global action plan that should guide them towards the ...
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26 April 2013 - By Guilherme Cintra
Today we celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day to praise the invaluable contributions made by innovators across the globe. Since the dawn of time, mankind has applied innovation to solve problems and live better, healthier and more plentiful lives. Apart from human creativity and passion, IP has been one of ...
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25 April 2013 - By Mario Ottiglio
Results from the UN Decade to Roll Back Malaria tell us global malaria deaths have been reduced by 38% and that 10 countries on the African continent—and most endemic countries in other regions—halved malaria cases and deaths. This means the lives of 1.1 million children under five years have been ...
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8 April 2013 - By Andrew Jenner
Incremental innovation is the term used for subsequent improvements made to a “first-in-class” medicine, but it is often incorrectly associated with prolonging the patent term for an existing medicine which is not the case. Indeed, once the patent exclusivity period of the existing “first-in-class” patent has expired, any firm, regardless ...
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27 March 2013 - By Eduardo Pisani
Welcome to IFPMA’s Global Health Matters blog. We are launching this forum to foster exchange and dialog on health topics that matter to all of us. As you know, the issues and challenges that organizations and individuals in the global health community face daily are plentiful, complex, and ever-changing. We ...
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25 March 2013 - By Eduardo Pisani
In this first Global Health Matters entry, I want to address an important and much-discussed topic on the global health agenda: WHO engagement with non-state actors. In the WHO context, “engagement” can have a variety of meanings and can spur different reactions. It may range from simple dialogue to cooperation, ...
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