EDCTP    [to 26 August 2017]
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as other poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials
22 August 2017
Workshop to launch EDCTP Alumni Network in October
Since its inception, EDCTP has invested in support for individual researchers at different stages of their careers through an evolving…

European Medicines Agency  [to 26 August 2017]
Strengthening EU-US cooperation in medicine inspections
New commitment allows FDA to share full inspection reports with European Commission and EMA …
Gavi [to 26 August 2017]
23 August 2017
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance welcomes Haiti’s commitment to immunisation
Government commits to fund vaccines and to strengthen its national immunisation programme to protect more Haitian children.
… According to WHO and UNICEF estimates, in 2016 Haiti had 58% coverage for Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine (DTP3), the lowest rate in the Americas. While the country remains polio, measles and rubella free, recent outbreaks like diphtheria show the potential consequences of weak vaccine coverage. Significant inequity across provinces, districts as well as urban and rural areas also need to be addressed to reduce under five child mortality from 69 to 25/1,000 by 2030 and thereby reach the Sustainable Development Goal for Health (SDG).
“The Prime Minister’s commitment also encourages Gavi and partners to further scale up support to the country”, said Anuradha Gupta. “In the near future, we hope that Haiti will further prioritise investments in health to advance Universal Health Coverage so that all Haitians can have access to quality health services including immunisation.”…

Gavi welcomes contribution from the United Arab Emirates
US$ 5 million pledge will support INFUSE initiative, started in 2016 to help modernise vaccine delivery systems
Geneva, 21 August 2017 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has committed US$ 5 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support its Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation (INFUSE) initiative. Launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, INFUSE helps developing countries accelerate the introduction of tried and tested technology which will modernise their immunisation systems…
IVI   [to 26 August 2017]
August 22, 2017
ICMR, Department of Health and Family Welfare of MOHFW sign MoU with International Vaccine Institute to support vaccine development in India
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) under the Department of Health Research and the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MOHFW) signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding today with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI)to collaborate on vaccine research and development. The agreement will also strengthen the relationship between IVI and India…
MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières  [to 26 August 2017]
Press release
Indian Patent Office Delivers Major Blow to Affordable Pneumonia Vaccine Hopes
August 22, 2017
NIH  [to 26 August 2017]
August 22, 2017
Scientists develop infection model for tick-borne flaviviruses
— Researchers say the work will greatly increase knowledge about how flaviviruses infect ticks.

UNAIDS [to 26 August 2017]
Ending stigma and discrimination in health centres in Mexico
25 August 2017
Mexico has taken steps to strengthen access to health-care services by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. A new Ministry of Health code of conduct aims to put an end to stigma and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in all health centres in the country.
Establishing guidelines and specific actions for the provision of health-care services, the code of conduct will be implemented throughout the national health system to guarantee effective access to health by respecting the dignity and autonomy of LGBTI people…

UNAIDS fully compliant with UN-SWAP
22 August 2017
UNAIDS has been recognized for meeting or exceeding all of the 15 performance indicators of the United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP), a year ahead of the deadline established by the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination….
Wellcome Trust  [to 26 August 2017]
News / Published: 25 August 2017
A global call for action on drug-resistant infections
A global conference in October will accelerate action on tackling drug-resistant infections, one of the greatest health and economic challenges of our time.
The conference, in Berlin on 12 and 13 October 2017, is organised by Wellcome in partnership with the UK and Thai governments and the UN Foundation. It will support the work of the Antimicrobial Resistance Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG).
The event is an opportunity for national governments and multilateral institutions to come together with the civil society, private and philanthropic sectors to focus on the most critical gaps in tackling the development and spread of drug-resistant infections, and to commit to concerted and tangible actions…

News / Published: 24 August 2017
Leprosy turns immune system against itself
Researchers have shown for the first time how leprosy bacteria damage nerves by infiltrating the immune cells that are meant to protect us. 
The research found that leprosy hijacks the immune system, turning an important repair mechanism into one that causes potentially irreparable damage to nerve cells….