Working Together to Make a Difference

The research and development (R&D) of innovative new drugs and vaccines is a critical component of improving health care and combating epidemics in developing countries. For some widespread and life-threatening diseases such as malaria, no vaccines exist, while current treatments for diseases such as tuberculosis are becoming less effective due to drug resistance.

Fighting disease in the developing world requires multi-sector solutions that address the complex challenges of delivering effective care. At least one-third of the world’s population lacks regular access to basic health care due to inadequacies in infrastructure and delivery systems, a lack of effective public health systems and insufficient resources. In several African countries, nearly 50 percent of the population lacks access to adequate healthcare.

Research-based biopharmaceutical companies are active partners in some of the largest and boldest health initiatives to explore new and effective ways of increasing access to health care in the developing world.
These companies are committed to fighting devastating diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria through the research and development (R&D) of new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines.

One billion people suffer from preventable,
treatable diseases around the world

Statement by Dr. Paul Antony, medical director
Global Health Progress

The Group of Eight leaders set a five-year deadline to provide 60 billion dollars to fight disease in Africa, but activists said the pledge meant little to the continent's poor.

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This New York Times editorial discusses an important bill to increase American spending on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world.

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Drug researcher W. Ripley Ballou remembers the moment he realized that GlaxoSmithKline Plc's experimental malaria vaccine might save millions of lives.

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The U.S. embassy in Vietnam on Tuesday announced that President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief will allocate $1.4 million to three HIV/AIDS initiatives in Vietnam, the Thanh Nien News reports.

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The annual meeting of National task forces for Onchocerciasis (river blindness) Control is underway to review progress in the battle against one of the neglected tropical diseases.

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President George W. Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to approve funds to fight AIDS in Africa and other countries, and said the issue was high on his agenda for a Group of Eight summit in Japan.

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