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John Zarocostas, BMJ New ways are needed to enable manufacturers to produce cheaper, generic products while ensuring that innovation is encouraged through appropriate patent protection, experts say. This would ensure that public health systems in poor countries can provide universal access to lifesaving drugs, they argue. The...

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) NEW YORK, 22 February 2011 - Despite an estimated 90 per cent decline in global maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) deaths over the last two decades, a newborn child still dies every nine minutes from the disease, according to the latest...

Orin Levine, The Huffington Post In 1986, as a sophomore at Gettysburg College, I accompanied my dad, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher, on a two-week trip to Rwanda. I was instantly smitten with Africa, and in the fall of 1987 I returned--this time to Kenya, as...

Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation In a little more than a month, the three of us will be coming to India for Gates Foundation and Berkshire Hathaway business. But we've set aside time on the trip to sit down with some of India's leading...

Heather Stewart, Guardian.co.uk French president Nicolas Sarkozy has commissioned the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates to examine new ways of raising cash for the world's poorest countries, as G20 finance ministers gather in Paris. Campaigners for an international tax on financial transactions - the so-called...

John Mulholland, The Observer We are all aware of our ancient pasts and this continent has a rich and extraordinary tradition. But the thing that excites me more is thinking about Africa's future – as the continent of the 21st century. It's one of the richest...

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization Mr Pascal Lamy, Dr Francis Gurry, distinguished experts, ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to host this meeting at WHO and extend my warmest welcome to all of you. By again focusing these technical discussions on access to medicines,...

Lisa Schnirring, CIDRAP Feb 15, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – In tough economic conditions, the United States has sharpened its global health goals to more efficiently expand its reach and invest resources in the most promising treatment and diagnostic tools, Rajiv Shah, MD, director of the US...

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