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Friday, February 27, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Press Release: Global Health Partners Begin Building a New Approach to Ensure Equitable Access to Medicines

Source: The Global Fund

Global health partners met in Geneva to begin the process of building a new approach to better determine health needs and constraints and addressing them in countries.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 — South Asia

Can Too Many Free and Subsidized Condoms Actually Harm Markets?

Source: PSI Impact

In Myanmar, sexual encounters are the most common mode of HIV transmission, causing the epidemic to concentrate among key populations such as female sex workers (FSW) and their male clients (MC), as well as men who have sex with men (MSM). Since 1996, PSI/Myanmar has targeted its condom social marketing program to these groups in order to achieve the greatest impact by preventing the spread of infection.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

World Trade Organization Least-Developed Countries Request Waiver of Intellectual Property Rights on Pharma Products

Source: Intellectual Property Watch

This week at the World Trade Organization intellectual property committee meeting, least-developed countries submitted a request to extend a waiver allowing them not to enforce intellectual property rights on pharmaceutical products. The countries have extended the waiver before, but this time they are seeking to make it indefinite, until they are no longer considered LDCs.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — South Asia

Treating India's Ailing Rural Healthcare

Source: DW

Treating diarrhea and pneumonia among children often requires a fairly simple intervention, such as administering life-saving oral rehydration salts. But instead, Indian doctors are often prescribing unnecessary antibiotics or other drugs that may actually worsen illness - according to a recent study coming out of Duke University in the United States.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Kenyan Ministry of Health Selects GE as a Strategic Partner to Support Healthcare Modernization Program

Source: Business Wire

As part of a wide-scale healthcare transformation program, one of the largest of its kind in Africa, the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced GE Healthcare as a key strategic technology and solutions partner, following the conclusion of an open tender process.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — South Asia

Healthcare Needs a Critical Push

Source: Business Line

Changing disease patterns, low public spend on healthcare, and high out of pocket expenses have been the primary concerns leading to the formulation of the government’s new health policy. Economic advancement in India over the last two decades has enabled the government to take the cue and clearly articulate its intent to increase the public financing of health to 2.5 per cent of GDP in the Twelfth Five-Year Plan to move toward affordable, accessible and quality healthcare for all.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Vodafone Supports Healthcare with Immunization Tracker “App”

Source: Ghana Wed

Vodafone Ghana, a telecommunications company, has partnered the Legon Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) to roll out a mobile application “app” that aids child healthcare delivery and immunization.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Future of the Global Fund

Source: Devpolicy

During his recent visit to Canberra, Stephen Howes spoke to Dr Mark Dybul, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. You can listen to a podcast of their full conversation here. The following is a condensed transcript.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — South Asia

Bangladesh's Entry Into Impact Investment

Source: The Daily Star

Growing up as a daughter of a high ranking civil servant in Bangladesh, I have distinct memories of my father's trip to Paris every year in the 1980s. To me it was exciting -- Papa was seeing Paris -- the most romantic city in the world. To him it was a dreaded trip because it was Donor Consortium that brought him to France to beg for donor money for Bangladesh.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe: WHO Approves Ebola Testing Kit

Source: allAfrica

In a major breakthrough, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday announced that it had approved a rapid diagnostic test kit for Ebola that can provide results in 15 minutes and correctly identify 92% of patients infected by the disease.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hialeah Health-Tech Firm Attracts Investor Attention

Source: Miami Hearald

Working out of a Starbucks in 2012, Obdulio Piloto saw an article about the Peter Thiel Foundation’s Breakout Labs’ funding effort for revolutionary technology projects.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Female Health Company Joins the International AIDS Society's Industry Liaison Forum

Source: CNN

The Female Health Company (NASDAQ - CM: FHCO), which manufactures the world's leading female condom, today announced its corporate partnership with the International AIDS Society's Industry Liaison Forum (ILF). The Female Health Company, the only HIV prevention technology company represented in the ILF, will work alongside preeminent thought leaders, research and academic institutions, and pharmaceutical companies in setting the tone for the next generation's response to the global HIV epidemic.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Greener sex? Condoms Now Come in a Spectrum of Earth-Friendly Tones

Source: The Guardian

From irritating chemicals to a troubled supply chain, condoms haven’t always been the kindest to the earth, or our bodies. Here are three companies trying to change that.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — South Asia

Neeti Kailas: Crafting Affordable Health Care Through Design

Source: Forbes India Magazine

Call it providence. Twelve years ago, Neeti Kailas happened to walk the corridors of Ahmedabad’s Vikram Sarabhai Hospital. She was a student of product design then, at the National Institute of Design (NID) and was trying to ascertain potential project ideas—design problems she could find solutions to. That walk turned out to be a game changer. All around her, she could see things that needed fixing. Kailas decided that she was the woman for the job.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hospira Buyout Is a Shot in the Arm for Pfizer’s Biosimilars

Source: Chemistry World

US pharma giant Pfizer aims to bolster its sterile injectable capabilities and gain access to biosimilars by buying injectables specialist Hospira. Pfizer anticipates that the $17 billion (£11 billion) deal will result in $800 million in savings by 2018.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — South Asia

Boy Walked Eight Days to Treat Broken Arm

Source: Nepali Times

When his eight-year old son Dharmaraj broke his hand while grazing cattle in the remote mountains of Humla, Mansingh Thapa took him to a private clinic in Simkot. It cost Rs 4,500 just to get Dharmaraj’s hand in a cast.??But the pain in the boy’s arm did not subside. Unable to afford a second visit to the clinic, Mansingh packed his belongings, slung Dharmaraj on his shoulders and set off on an eight-day walk to Bayalpata Hospital in Achham district. ?“What could we do? We didn’t have any other choice,” said Mansingh who had heard about Bayalpata from friends who had received free treatment here.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — South Asia

Deserted New Delhi Hospitals Sour India's Healthcare Dream

Source: Reuters

Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened - not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — South Asia

Activists Claim India’s Free HIV/AIDS Program Is In ‘Shambles’

Source: The Wall Street Journal

India has run out of critical supplies under its state-run HIV/AIDS program, activists say, leaving tens of thousands of infected patients without access to life-saving drugs.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Going Mobile in Sub-Saharan Africa to Save Lives - And Change The Future

Source: Forbes

Mobile technology is rapidly transforming communications and culture in Africa. More than half the continent’s population has a mobile device, up from just one percent in 15 years, according the United Nations. Of course, cities and developed regions are as connected as their counterpart elsewhere, but remote and undeveloped areas where people live on little more than a dollar a day are usually poorly served. That is beginning to change, and healthcare providers are using technology to improve and save lives.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Vaccines Are Profitable, So What?

Source: The Atlantic

By now, the numbers on the recent U.S. measles outbreak are well known. In 2014, America had more than 600 cases of measles—the highest number in 20 years. In the month of January 2015 alone, 84 people in 14 states reported having measles, with most cases linked to an incident at Disneyland. The reason for the resurgence? More and more people are opting to not vaccinate their kids.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Profit for Good at Rottendorf Pharmaceuticals

Source: Outsourced Pharma

Let’s deal with the name first. If you’re like me, it would’ve been a distraction throughout the article if we hadn’t. The company is named after its German founder and patron, Andreas J. Rottendorf (1897-1971). As per the organization’s founding charter, it can’t be changed.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Investments in African Schools, Health and Other Infrastructure Exposed to Climate Risks

Source: Reuters

Investments in African schools, healthcare and other infrastructure are at risk from the long-term impacts of global warming because governments and businesses are not considering climate information in their plans, researchers have warned.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Call for Mines to Invest in African Health Systems

Source: Cape Business News

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has called for mining houses to invest in centres for disease control to help fight Tuberculosis and Ebola in African regions where they mine.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — Latin America

Viewpoint: Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

Source: PSI Impact

Sustainability is an all too overused word that is rarely linked to the word profit. Yet sustainability and profit go hand in hand. When it comes to building a network of health facilities in a developing country using a social franchising model similar to how business franchises operate; the link between profit and sustainability is imperative. Without one we cannot hope to have the other.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — South Asia

Better Bath Rituals Is One Way Bangladesh Is Saving Its Newborns

Source: NPR

Across the world, a child's survival is a lot like drawing a lottery ticket. Factors based purely on chance — where a child is born, how much money his or her family has and what their ethnic background is — can determine if a child lives past age 5.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — South Asia

Facebook’s Internet.org Now Offering Free Connectivity to Millions in India

Source: VentureBeat

Internet.org is now available in India, Facebook said late Monday, potentially bringing Internet access to tens of millions of new users for the first time.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Treating Ebola, Even Using a Stethoscope Becomes a Challenge

Source: The New York Times

Doctors treating Ebola patients while wearing “the full spacesuit” — protective gear, including waterproof hoods — are struggling with a clinician’s dilemma: what to do if they can’t use one of the oldest, most basic tools in medicine — a stethoscope.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: India Needs Free Market Healthcare

Source: Live Mint

Healthcare is such an emotional issue that basic economics is often taken for a ride. This explains quite well India’s intention—following the release of the National Health Policy 2015 late last year—to move towards providing healthcare as a fundamental right through a universal public healthcare system.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: Suing Uganda for 'Brain Drain'

Source: allAfrica

According to recent data from Uganda's parliament, the country has 1 doctor per 24,725 people and 1 nurse per 11,000 people, both well below guidelines from the World Health Organization. By contrast, Trinidad and Tobago has 12 doctors and 35 nurses per 10,000 people.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Experts Call for Innovations to Aid Africa’s Healthcare

Source: Science and Development Network

Local technologies and innovations can transform healthcare delivery in Africa, health experts and biomedical researchers have told a conference.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Could a $34 Smartphone Device Improve HIV Diagnosis in Africa?

Source: Reuters

A $34 device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone was nearly as effective as far more costly diagnostic blood testing equipment in identifying antibodies for HIV and syphilis in a pilot study in Africa, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pharmaceutical Industry in West Africa Receives a Boost

Source: Spy Ghana News

To ensure affordability, safe, quality and efficacious medicines on the African continent, the West Africa Medicines Registration Harmonization Project and Steering Committee of African Union Model Law, has been launched in Accra.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — South Asia

Mylan to Buy Women's Health Business in India for $800M

Source: TribLIVE

Mylan Inc. said Monday that it is acquiring some women's health care businesses from an Indian partner in a deal that could be worth more than $800 million and help it capitalize on demand for contraceptives in developing countries.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pollution Kills Far More People Than Malaria Or Ebola In The Developing World

Source: Fast Company

Diseases like ebola, HIV, and malaria rightly get a lot of a headlines, because they can kill millions of people very quickly. But there's another problem that affects even more people, and it's not mentioned as much: pollution.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

New aid model needed or world's poorest will wait a century for basics

Source: Reuters

It will take 100 years for some of the world's poorest people to get basic healthcare, sanitation and education services, unless the current approach to aid is radically changed, said a report published on Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

My Health Plan for Africa - New WHO Boss

Source: All Africa

Dr Rebecca Moeti was last week in Geneva appointed the new WHO boss for Africa. She spoke exclusively to Star's John Muchangi on her immediate plan.
Monday, February 2, 2015 — South Asia

Pfizer, Manipal Hospitals & others join hands to accelerate health tech startups in India

Source: The Economic Times

A group of health care entities, including Manipal Hospitals and Narayana Health, have gotten together with an investor to provide up to $1.6 million in grants and investments to early-stage startups that seek to enhance access to affordable technology-driven health care products and services for low-income masses in India.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Four Initiatives From Across Africa Win Share of Global $1 Million Healthcare Innovation Award

Source: PharmiWeb.com

Organisations from South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda recognised by GSK and Save the Children for innovations proven to help reduce deaths in under-fives.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — South Asia

International Health Activists Criticise President Obama’s Attempts to Undermine India's IPR

Source: Pharmabiz

US President Barack Obama’s comments during the India-US CEO Forum in New Delhi on Monday January 26 with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have drawn harsh criticism from international health activists. The activists have called upon Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stand strong against US pressure to change its pro-public health patent laws.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Mental Health Is a Global Issue – Here’s How Neuroscience Can Cross International Boundaries

Source: The Conversation

Neuroscience holds the key to understanding the brain – and to developing more effective treatments for people with mental health disorders.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovative Biometric Payment Technology for Ebola Response Workers Launched

Source: UNDP in Sierra Leone

The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has this week launched a national exercise to implement the revised Hazard Policy aimed at re-classifying Ebola Response Workers (ERWs) based on real risks and further ensuring fiduciary sustainability and compliance.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

How One Man Brought Health Care to India's Poorest Populations

Source: Entrepreneur

Shelley Saxena, a mobile technology entrepreneur in Atlanta, had a head start when he launched Sevamob, a distribution system for low-cost preventive health services across India. But that didn’t save him from having to make a few strategic pivots as his new business grew.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

India Needs Cutting-Edge Technology to Become Global Healthcare Destination

Source: The Economic Times

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, speaks about NCDs, healthcare challenges and solutions in a conversation with Shivani Arora.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

4 Innovations On mHealth and POC Devices

Source: Devex

There has been much talk about innovations in mobile health technologies among the international aid community in recent years. But now there’s a new kid on the block.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Crisis: Oxfam Calls for Recovery Marshall Plan

Source: BBC

Oxfam has called for a multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to help the three West Africa countries worst affected by Ebola to recover.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Cleft Lip Surgical Tool Simulator to Be Showcased at WISH in Qatar

Source: Sowetan LIVE

The recent innovation, that will definitely put a smile to a lot of people’s faces, literally, is the cleft lip and palate and palate surgical tool.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — South Asia

Choosing an Investment Model for India’s Medical Devices Industry

Source: India Briefing

This year, India’s medical devices industry will be opened up to 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI). The move had been in the works for some time – India’s union cabinet met last year to discuss the reform, while the industry’s regulatory framework has been tweaked several times since it was first introduced in 2005.