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The Open Source Fever Diagnostic Project The World Health Organization (WHO), as part of its broader efforts to address health R&D gaps for the poor, is conducting a process whereby member states will support "health R&D demonstration projects" aimed at developing health technologies (medicines, diagnostics, medical devices, vaccines, etc.) for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries and for which identified R&D gaps remain unaddressed due to market failures.
Last updated 25 November 2013
Proposal for a CEWG Demonstration Project by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) November 2013
Last updated 7 November 2013
Last updated 26 October 2013
Each year, the lives of two and a half million children are saved because they are protected against killer diseases through vaccination. Vaccinating with new vaccines should save many more lives, but high prices could prevent this from happening.
Last updated 15 October 2013
Cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMVR) is a neglected opportunistic disease, largely undiagnosed and untreated, that claims the sight of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries each year.
The treatment of people infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in developing countries has long been neglected. Now, an abundance of new drugs in the pipeline is set to transform and simplify treatment of the disease with effective oral medicines. But potentially sky-high prices – together with a lack of political commitment to confront the real burden of the HCV pandemic and overcome access barriers – threaten to prevent these promising medicines from reaching people who need them in developing countries.
Last updated 15 July 2013
In this briefing document, MSF calls for action at both international and national levels to address current shortcomings in the diagnosis and treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMVR). CMVR is a preventable disease caused by a virus (cytomegalovirus or CMV) that attacks the retina of the eye in patients with suppressed immune systems, specifically those infected with HIV. If untreated, the disease can lead to total and irreversible blindness.
Last updated 23 May 2013
Buruli ulcer disease is a serious skin infection which if untreated can lead to disfiguring and disabling lesions. This neglected tropical disease is mainly endemic in western Africa, although it has been reported elsewhere in Africa, the Americas, Australia and Japan. It affects communities living along slow-flowing bodies of water such as ponds, swamps and lakes. People with HIV and the young appear to be most at-risk, with most patients being under 15 years of age.
Last updated 26 March 2013
Last updated 15 March 2013
2013 Briefing Note The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is currently being negotiated between the US and ten other Pacific Rim nations: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The agreement is slated to further expand its membership, potentially to all 21 Asia Pacific APEC nations.
Last updated 19 February 2013