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Monday, June 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'One in 10 Malaria Drugs in Nigeria Is of Poor Quality'

Source: AllAfrica

New research released recently has indicated that substandard medicines are more prevalent than fake ones in world's most malaria-burdened country, Nigeria.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Protecting pregnant women from malaria – a missed 'quick win'

Source: Unicef Connect

In the eight years since we commemorated the first World Malaria Day, millions of women and children have continued to die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Malaria takes the lives of more than 1,200 children under the age of 5 every day – the staggering equivalent of 50 children every hour.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — South Asia

India takes action on spurious and sub-standard drugs

Source: The Pharma Letter

An American pharmacist and an Indian pharmacologist charged with smuggling four million fake pharmaceuticals into the country earlier this month may have been the last straw for the Indian government battling counterfeit drugs.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Sterlisation deaths: A rotten healthcare system continues to play havoc in Chhattisgarh

Source: FirstPost

The sterilization camp that left 13 women dead and many battling for life has exposed the rotten healthcare system in Chhattisgarh, yet again.
Friday, October 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ebola wasn’t stopped by huge investment in African healthcare

Source: The Conversation

Despite it being nearly six months after the Ebola outbreak was confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), we are still hearing stories of severe shortage of gloves in health facilities in West Africa. Many nurses have been asked to reuse them or merely rub their hands with chlorine after consultations.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

Source: Huffington Post

As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work. Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork precision. She ensures that the temperatures of the vaccines for pregnant women and children are checked before they are packed under her supervision in cold boxes. After that, three to five autorickshaws, known as the Immunization Express, head off to the villages where mothers, children and pregnant women await them.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Zambian Government and IBM Provide Improved Access to Life Saving Drugs

Source: The Wall Street Journal

LUSAKA, Zambia, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 life saving drugs. Supported by the World Bank, the Department for International Development, UNICEF and London Business School, Zambia's Medical Stores Limited (MSL) will deploy a new medical supply chain pilot project using sophisticated analytics and mobile technologies to better manage medicine inventory and delivery.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

India asks BRICS nations to use flexibilities under TRIPS for increased accessibility to medicines

Source: Pharmabiz

India has urged other members of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to use flexibilities and safeguards under TRIPS like compulsory licencing and parallel imports to push down the prices and increase accessibility to medicines.
Monday, May 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

First step taken in upgrading Myanmar’s Reproductive Health Supply Chain System

Source: relief web

Myanmar is one step closer to ensuring that women and families throughout the country receive high quality reproductive health services and products thanks to a UNFPA, and in partnership with John Snow Inc. and the Ministry of Health, backed standardized national logistics supply chain system which was announced on Thursday (08 May 2014) in Nay Pyi Taw, the nation’s capital. A total of 26 professionals attended a 7 day intensive training session on how to implement as well as operate the upcoming system.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Breakthrough new medicines to be made available for low- and middle-income countries


The UNITAID Executive Board has committed $160 million in new grants, including investments to ensure low- and middle-income populations have access to new high performing treatments for hepatitis C and drug-resistant tuberculosis, and the largest-yet global programme for seasonal malaria chemoprevention.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fake medicines: It can happen to anyone

Source: Devex

As nurses, we deliver up to 80 percent of all health care services worldwide so it is crucial we are aware of the potential risks to patient safety, particularly those difficult to detect. Fake medicines are thus a real concern for us because of their ability to compromise the efforts we put into delivering the best possible care to our patients and the populations we protect from diseases like malaria.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

The quest for WHO prequalification by pharmaceutical firms

Source: Business Day

Annually, millions of patients in resource-limited countries receive life-saving medicines that are purchased by or through international procurement agencies such as World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNITAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fixing health supply chains, saving lives

Source: Devex

Each year, millions of children die before the age of 5, largely from preventable causes. With that staggering number, the task of saving these children’s lives is a daunting challenge. That said, the solution may not be as complicated as you’d think.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare & IIT Madras ink 3-year R&D pact to accelerate innovation for a healthier India

Source: Pharmabiz

GE Healthcare, the US$ 18 billion healthcare business of General Electric Company and Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC), a multi-disciplinary R&D centre of IIT Chennai have entered into a three-year collaborative research and development agreement for innovating a range of disruptive and affordable healthcare solutions.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Launch Of the Africa Health Forum

Source: Business Ghana

Groupe Jeune Afrique and the African Development Bank announce the launch of the AFRICA HEALTH FORUM, the first international forum focusing on the health economy in Africa, which will take place in Geneva on 16 and 17 May 2014.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group targeting unmet global health needs

Source: European Pharmaceutical Review

“To solve today’s greatest public health challenges, it’s essential that we emphasize the needs of the developing world in equal measure to those of the developed world,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman of Janssen.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Schistosomiasis: a Latin American neglected tropical disease

Source: Saludify

Schistosomiasis is classified as a Latin American neglected tropical disease (NTD), meaning it belongs to a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Monday, November 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI Alliance to support introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in world’s 73 poorest countries

Source: GAVI Alliance

Alliance Board selects additional vaccines to include in its portfolio
Monday, November 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global healthcare system needs an overhaul

Source: DNA

Absence of adequate regulatory controls, treatment guidelines, and patient awareness have led to a global surge in antibiotic resistance, says a team of experts; two of them are from India.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pneumonia responsible for 20% of child deaths

Source: The Jakarta Post

Global health bodies highlight essential interventions that will help reduce the incidence of pneumonia as the disease remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally. Pneumonia claims the lives of more than 1 million girls and boys every year despite pneumonia deaths being preventable.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pfizer, Carter Center Partner in Global Health Project


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined Pfizer at the company's headquarters on Nov. 5, 2013, to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an independent, not-for-profit program dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma as a public health concern.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Building public-private partnerships for better access to health products

Source: The Guardian

Improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable people requires global funding and collaboration – but neither will have an impact without effective systems for delivering health products and care. Strong supply chains, while critical for improving lives, are rarely the focus of programmes that aim to achieve the millennium development goals or end deaths from preventable disease. As World Health Organisation director-general Dr. Margaret Chan has said, "All the donated drugs in the world won't do any good without an infrastructure for their delivery."
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI’s David Ferreira: Private sector to boost vaccine supply-chain effectiveness

Source: Devex

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the GAVI Alliance announced a pair of new intiatives that aim to leverage private sector funds and expertise to improve delivery of vaccines worldwide.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI Alliance to address the next vaccine challenge: Supply chains

Source: Devex

No one likes it when a delivery fails to show, but when it happens with vaccines it costs lives. Currently, millions of children go unimmunized each year because of delivery problems, including anything from vaccine supply chain breaks and ineffective cold chain equipment to poor vaccine stock management in developing countries. Shockingly, these kinds of issues account for a substantial number of the children who miss out on their shots. That has got to change. These supply chain inefficiencies may be contributing to the deaths of 1.5 million children each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, the vast majority in developing countries.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Increasing Profits by Reaching Pharma’s Silent Majority

Source: Pharma Evolution

We hear a lot in pharma about the voice of the customer, but the drug industry can’t hear the voices of millions of people around the world who might become its customers. Many die each year because they can’t afford to buy the medications they need to treat their illnesses.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why we're heading for a global healthcare crunch – and how to avoid it

Source: The Guardian

Designing healthcare around the commercial concept of value would improve services and prevent a financial crisis
Friday, August 9, 2013 — South Asia

India leads in supply of drugs to UN

Source: DNA

Affordable healthcare remains a distant reality inside the country.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

$2 birth kit could prevent hundreds of deaths every day

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

What if you arrived at a hospital to give birth, only to be sent home because you didn’t bring your own delivery room supplies?
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — South Asia

Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S.

Source: Bloomberg

Devi Shetty is obsessed with making heart surgery affordable for millions of Indians. On his office desk are photographs of two of his heroes: Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.
Monday, July 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GAVI aims to improve access to vaccines in Nigeria through supply chains project

Source: Health Canal

Funding for cold chain equipment and improved data collection to support Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — Asia Pacific

For Global Drug Manufacturers, China Becomes a Perilous Market

Source: The New York Times

Multinational drug companies now employ more sales agents in China than they do in the United States, their largest market.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — South Asia

Indian drug makers shifting R&D operations to South East Asia: Survey

Source: The Economic Times

AHMEDABAD: Red tapism is pushing India's Rs 1,00,000 crore pharmaceutical industry in peril as most of the pharma companies shifting research and development (R&D) operations and clinical trials to South-East Asian countries of Cambodia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and others, according to a just concluded survey by ASSOCHAM.
Friday, June 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Renewed fight against fake drugs in Africa takes off

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

Worried by the dearth of experts and available tools to combat falsified, substandard and counterfeit medicines in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched the Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) in Accra, Ghana.
Monday, January 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Sierra Leone's free health-care initiative: work in progress

Source: The Lancet

More than 2 years have passed since Sierra Leone granted pregnant women, new mothers, and young children free health care, but their needs often remain unmet.
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