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Health is Wealth.  Video from the World Economic Forum.

Speakers: Francis S. Collins, Paul Bulcke, Arianna Huffington, Joseph Jimenez, Mauricio Cárdenas

http://webcasts.weforum.org/widget/1/davos2014?p=1&pi=1&a=52843
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Today  is the second anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) – the largest coordinated effort against NTDs to date. Since its launch, governments across the globe have committed to end NTDs and hundreds of millions of people have been treated for these diseases.  This week we’re recognizing the remarkable progress and momentum achieved since the formation of this global partnership where 13 pharmaceutical companies; the governments of the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; World Bank and other international organizations formed a global partnership to control and eliminate 10 NTDs by the end of the decade – a commitment that Sabin Vaccine Institute’s president Dr. Peter Hotez calls a “tipping point for the world’s poor.”

http://endtheneglect.org/2014/01/feeling-optimistic-on-the-2nd-anniversary-of-the-london-declaration-for-ntds/?utm_campaign=KFF%253A%2520Global%2520Health%2520Report&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=11797266&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_dRsinWaf-fDQxJ2551sSyAnO3gMCeWDmJ78SXEyicJ7PJp9QAFJEIM9IfFspMkI0H-FKWVvIGGSWnYroKjxJqbAkCLg&_hsmi=11797266
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In 2012, 13 pharmaceutical companies, the governments of the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; World Bank and other organisations formed a global partnership, through the London declaration, the largest co-ordinated effort against NTDs to date. Partners pledged new commitments and expanded existing support for reaching key NTD control and elimination goals. Notably, the pharmaceutical companies pledged 14bn doses of pills for free. Now we have all of the treatments required to control and eliminate the seven most common NTDs accounting for over 90% of the global burden.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/jan/14/ntds-post-2015-development-goals
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Leading the global fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), India is moving to strengthen efforts to eradicate the neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, visceral leishmaniasis (Kala azar), soil-transmitted Helminths, among others that affect millions of Indians every year especially children. There is urgent need to accelerate research and development for new tools, medicines and indigenous tests that target pathogen strains that are locally prevalent and adopt and accelerate strategies to reach the poorest and most marginalized populations who are most afflicted by NTDs.

http://www.globalhealthprogress.org/india-strengthen-rd-new-diagnostics-vaccines-treatments-neglected-tropical-diseases
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2013 status report on pharmaceutical R&D to address diseases disproportionately affecting people in low- and middle-income countries

The research-based pharmaceutical industry is actively involved in the fight against diseases affecting vulnerable populations. With 162 compounds in development, R&D programs and pipelines show industry’s commitment to these pressing health challenges. Most of these R&D projects are carried out through innovative collaborations with non-industry partners.

http://www.ifpma.org/fileadmin/content/Publication/2014/IFPMA_Status_Report_Neglected_Conditions_2013.pdf
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Watch Q&A at 00:51 minutes. WorldBank President Jim Yong Kim says "the industry is a critically important part of the solutions we want to find."

From the Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies event hosted by CSIS.

Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies featuring World Bank Group President Jim Kim
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Universal health coverage will deliver better health outcomes.  But like other investments in people, investing in health is also imperative for economic growth and poverty reduction.

The World Bank and WHO have released a joint framework for monitoring progress toward universal health coverage with two targets, one for financial protection and one for service delivery. 

For financial protection, the proposed target is by 2020 to reduce by half the number of people who are impoverished due to out-of-pocket health care expenses.  By 2030, no one should fall into poverty because of out-of-pocket health care expenses. 

Today, just 40 percent of the poor in developing countries have access to basic health services, such as delivering babies in a safe environment and vaccinating children.

We propose that by 2030 we will double that proportion to 80 percent coverage. In addition, by 2030, 80 percent of the poor will also have access to many other essential health services, such as treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes, mental health and injuries.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/speech/2014/01/14/speech-world-bank-group-president-jim-yong-kim-health-emerging-economies
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“It is time that we came together as one voice” was the call from Dr Ratna Devi, CEO, DakshamA Health & Education Foundation, to patients’ organizations gathered at IAPO’s first multi-stakeholder seminar held in South-East Asia yesterday. 

http://www.patientsorganizations.org/showarticle.pl?id=1767
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