Fondation Merieux [to 23 January 2016]

Fondation Merieux [to 23 January 2016]
Mission: Contribute to global health by strengthening local capacities of developing countries to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations.

19 January 2016, Lyon (France)
World’s first dengue vaccine authorized for use in 3 endemic countries
A long awaited tool for dengue prevention and control has finally become available in three endemic countries. During the month of December, health authorities in Mexico, the Philippines and Brazil granted marketing authorization for the first dengue vaccine.

The Partnership for Dengue Control (PDC), hosted by Fondation Mérieux, considers a dengue vaccine to be an essential part of the integrated approach needed to lower the burden of dengue fever globally, which the WHO estimates at nearly 400 million infections each year…

IVI [to 23 January 2016]

IVI [to 23 January 2016]

First Joint Symposium between IVI and Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, Jan. 22-23, 2016
IVI and Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center (SPCC), an affiliate of Fudan University, are hosting a vaccine symposium that will take place at IVI on Jan. 22-23. The symposium will be the first meeting of its kind between IVI and SPCC. The multidisciplinary symposium will provide a platform for Korean and Chinese scientists to share data and to discuss international research collaborations across cross-cutting themes such as: a) Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; b) Viral infection and immunity; and c) Development of vaccines and protective antibodies. The symposium is sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Global Fund [to 23 January 2016]

Global Fund [to 23 January 2016]

22 January 2016
(RED) Marks 10 Years of Contributions to Fight AIDS
DAVOS, Switzerland – The Global Fund congratulates (RED) on 10 years of spectacular private sector engagement in the fight against AIDS, as (RED) celebrates its anniversary today at the World Economic Forum in Davos and announces that it has generated contributions of more than US$350 million


Deal on Mosquito Nets to Yield $93 million in Savings
18 January 2016
GENEVA – As part of a new framework for procuring health products in the most cost-effective and sustainable way, the Global Fund has reached an agreement to purchase insecticide-treated mosquito nets that prevent malaria with projected savings of US$93 million over two years.

By achieving sharply lower prices for nets – a 38 percent reduction from 2013 – the agreement serves the Global Fund’s goal of accelerating progress against malaria, a preventable disease that most seriously affects young children and pregnant women. Building on the Global Fund’s large-scale purchasing power, the framework improves the supply of an important tool to fight the epidemic.

The Global Fund projects US$350 million in mosquito net purchases over the next two years through its Pooled Procurement Mechanism. A tender process has selected 10 suppliers and includes volume commitments from the Global Fund and performance contracts from the suppliers.

The agreement creates a level of certainty for suppliers, allowing them greater visibility and planning time to manufacture and deliver nets. That facilitates lower prices, and yields significant savings for the Global Fund partnership. The US$93 million in projected savings is equivalent to about 40 million additional nets…

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Fear Cannot be our Motivation

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Fear Cannot be our Motivation
46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum to Focus on Fourth Industrial Revolution
· WHO’s Chan: national and local capacity must be built to prevent economic, growth and stability issues that arise from health crises
· William H. Gates III: Surveillance and primary care are critical to building resiliency
· World Economic Forum is launching a two-year initiative to manage the risk and impact of future epidemics through optimized public-private cooperation under its newly formed Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of Health

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January 2016 – The recent Ebola epidemic challenged leaders of all nations and sectors and brought to light the need for resiliency and infrastructure to prevent and mitigate risks of future outbreaks.

“Dealing with epidemics presents growth, economic and stability issues,” said Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva. “The world is ill prepared. We need national and local capacity,” she added.

Strengthening surveillance and primary care are critical to building resiliency, said William H. Gates III, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA. He pointed to the insights that technology can provide: “If we are serious about dealing with future epidemics, we must do simulations. Primary healthcare will be digitized in the next 10 years. This will be a huge benefit.”

There is shared recognition that slow action will not be an option moving forward. “The Ebola epidemic was difficult and complicated, but it was slow moving,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of The World Bank, Washington DC. “It is much more difficult to deal with fast-moving epidemics.”

“The motivation of fear that brought us together should not be our motivation in the future,” said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Rome.

Addressing these issues will stretch beyond these discussions at the Annual Meeting 2016. The World Economic Forum is launching a two-year initiative to manage the risk and impact of future epidemics through optimized public-private cooperation under its newly formed Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of Health.

The initiative’s efforts will harness the capabilities of the healthcare, mining, telecommunications and mobility industries, among others, to work with national governments, international organizations and civil society to create solid, preventative action plans for emerging outbreaks.

“The Forum’s new Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of Health seeks to drive forward a critical transformation, putting health at the centre before healthcare is needed, with two pillars focused on health promotion and disease prevention. It’s imperative that across all sectors, stakeholders and nations, we find ways to allow healthy lives and health security for all,” said Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Global Health and Healthcare Industries at the World Economic Forum.

BMC Medicine (Accessed 23 January 2016)

BMC Medicine
(Accessed 23 January 2016)

Research article
Wasted research when systematic reviews fail to provide a complete and up-to-date evidence synthesis: the example of lung cancer
Perrine Créquit, Ludovic Trinquart, Amélie Yavchitz and Philippe Ravaud
Published on: 20 January 2016


The need for pragmatic clinical trials in low and middle income settings – taking essential neonatal interventions delivered as part of inpatient care as an illustrative example
Mike English, Jamlick Karumbi, Michuki Maina, Jalemba Aluvaala, Archna Gupta, Merrick Zwarenstein and Newton Opiyo
Published on: 18 January 2016

eRegistries: Electronic registries for maternal and child health

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
(Accessed 23 January 2016)

Research article
eRegistries: Electronic registries for maternal and child health
The Global Roadmap for Health Measurement and Accountability sees integrated systems for health information as key to obtaining seamless, sustainable, and secure information exchanges at all levels of health…
J. Frederik Frøen, Sonja L. Myhre, Michael J. Frost, Doris Chou, Garrett Mehl, Lale Say, Socheat Cheng, Ingvild Fjeldheim, Ingrid K. Friberg, Steve French, Jagrati V. Jani, Jane Kaye, John Lewis, Ane Lunde, Kjersti Mørkrid, Victoria Nankabirwa…
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:11
Published on: 19 January 2016

Cost- effectiveness of HPV vaccination regime: comparing twice versus thrice vaccinations dose regime among adolescent girls in Malaysia

BMC Public Health

Research article
Cost- effectiveness of HPV vaccination regime: comparing twice versus thrice vaccinations dose regime among adolescent girls in Malaysia
The HPV vaccine was introduced to Malaysian national immunization programme in 2010.
Syed Aljunid, Namaitijiang Maimaiti, Amrizal M Nur, Mohd Rushdan Md Noor and Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh