Health and healthcare in India: live Q&A with Professor David Taylor and Ratna Devi

On July 25th at 2:00 pm BST (9am EST or 6:30pm IST), Global Health Progress will host a live conversation focused on health and health care in India with Professor David Taylor, co-author of the new UCL School of Pharmacy report 'Health and Health Care in India: national opportunities, global impacts'. Joining the discussion will be Ratna Devi, CEO of DakshamA Health & Education and a member of Global Health Progress' expert advisory group.

IFPMA joins International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and World Health Organization (WHO) in Be He@lthy, Be Mobile mHealth initiative to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) is partnering with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Be Healthy, Be Mobile, an initiative led jointly by the ITU and WHO. With non-communicable diseases (NCDs) responsible for over 60% of worldwide deaths and growing quickly in the developing world, Be Healthy, Be Mobile will leverage mHealth technologies for the prevention and control of NCDs. A partner in global health, IFPMA will cooperate by sharing knowledge and resources, lessons learned, and technical expertise to help develop effective mHealth interventions for NCDs.

Novartis convenes international malaria experts to expand access to quality-assured antimalarial treatment in Africa

Today national and international leaders from more than 25 countries across Africa are meeting, at the 12th annual National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) Best Practice Sharing Workshop, to discuss the problem of sub-standard antimalarials in Africa and address key topics and challenges faced by the malaria community. Novartis, with support from leading international organizations, including the Global Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, ACTwatch, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, and the Global Business Coalition, has developed a workshop program to address and explore these issues and increase efforts to combat malaria.

World population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 – UN report

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 million over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations report launched today, which points out that growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half in Africa. The report, World Population Prospects: the 2012 Revision, notes that the population of developed regions will remain largely unchanged at around 1.3 billion from now until 2050. In contrast, the 49 least developed countries are projected to double in size from around 900 million people in 2013 to 1.8 billion in 2050.

Patient Solidarity Day - 30 October 2013

On 30 October 2013, patients in countries across Africa will come together to mark the first ever regional Patient Solidarity Day. They will call on all Ministers of Health and all healthcare stakeholders to “Improve lives through patient-centred healthcare.”


China develops world's first vaccine for enterovirus

The world's first vaccine against a strain of enterovirus has now been developed by Chinese researchers. The enterovirus that can cause hand, foot and mouth disease, especially in small children can also lead to deadly infections of the brain and spinal cord membranes.

Research-based pharmaceutical industry launches ‘Do You Mind?’ campaign

On 20 May 2013, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) launched the ‘Do You Mind?’ campaign to focus attention and to prompt action on MNDs. The campaign launch takes place at the start of the 66 th World Health Assembly, where health ministers meet to consider a global mental health action plan.

WHO statistics show narrowing health gap between countries with best and worst health status

The world has made dramatic progress in improving health in the poorest countries and narrowing the gaps between countries with the best and worst health status in the past two decades, according to the World Health Statistics 2013. The WHO annual statistics report highlights how efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have reduced health gaps between the most-advantaged and least-advantaged countries.

GlaxoSmithKline, Save The Children Form Partnership To Save Children’s Lives

“GlaxoSmithKline [GSK] is giving Save the Children $23 million and entering into a five-year partnership with the charity to try to save the lives of one million children,” the Associated Press/Bloomberg Businessweek reports. GSK “said the partnership would set a new standard for how companies and charities could work together,” according to BBC News.

Neglected Tropical Diseases live Q&A with Eduardo Pisani


One billion people worldwide suffer from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), affecting primarily poor people in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.  These diseases kill or disable millions of people every year.  The research based-pharmaceutical industry is one of many international stakeholders working to improve global health and reduce the burden of NTDs.