UNICEF/ Press release (Kathmandu, 16 May 2017) – A regional conference organized jointly by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will identify actions to accelerate progress in the care of severely wasted children, which affects 8 million children in South Asia. It brings together, for the first time, government representatives, UN partners and civil society organizations from across South Asia, together with regional and global experts on nutrition to exchange regional analyses, expertise and experience on addressing wasting in the context of overall nutrition programming. South Asia remains the epicentre of the global child wasting and stunting crisis. Severe wasting compromises the ability of children to grow and develop to their full potential, contributing to stunted growth and cognitive deficits as well as increased mortality risk. The costs of inaction to families and nations are … [Read more...] about Stunting and Wasting, a major threat for child survival and development of South Asian Nations
Globalization and development
Mind the gap—closing the gaps in malaria research and development Author : John Reeder & James WhitingJohn Reeder is Director of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). James Whiting is Executive Director of Malaria No More UK Without testing the delivery of treatments, tools, and services, these products can fail: whether it’s because they’re not culturally sensitive or because they’re not affordable or efficient. Such research for implementation is an important part of the research and development (R&D) process and is the focus of a new report on funding of malaria R&D. The report, Bridging the gaps in malaria R&D: an analysis of funding—from basic research and product development to research for implementation, sheds light on funding streams for malaria R&D and is the first survey to include funding for implementation research as well as basic malaria research … [Read more...] about Mind the gap-closing the gaps in malaria research and development
New research shows companies cut funding for research and development in response to a tax imposed on medical devices as part of the Affordable Care Act. Daeyong Lee, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, examines how certain provisions of the federal health care reform law have affected families and firms. His latest paper, published in the journal Research Policy, analyzed the 2.3 percent excise tax imposed on medical devices in 2013. The research shows the tax significantly reduced R&D investment, sales revenue, gross margins and earnings by the following amounts: R&D expenditures -- $34 million Sales revenue -- $188 million Gross margins -- $375 million Earnings -- $68 millionThe study, the first to look at the actual cost for manufacturers, found the tax also affected operating and marketing costs, Lee said. In the paper, Lee explains that the federal government imposed the tax on the medical device industry … [Read more...] about Tax hurts investment in medical device research and development
The role of universities and NGOs in a new research and development system Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Author : Chris ReddChris Redd is a 3rd year medical student at Peninsula Medical School in the UK. He has been on the Executive Board of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) Europe since April, 2013, and is now in his second term. The words of Paul Hunt, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health, seem finally to be striking home. Pharmaceutical companies exist to fulfil a function in society, Hunt said in 2009, and so “they must demonstrably do everything possible… to fulfil their social function and human rights responsibilities.”Following this logic, a system which does not honour human rights is dysfunctional and is one we need to change.Current attitudes are summed up in a recent report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development, which concludes that … [Read more...] about The role of universities and NGOs in a new research and development system
Is a global shift developing to reduce penalties for violence against women? Author : Jennifer Wagman, Jay Silverman, Anita RajJennifer Wagman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and Associate Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California, San Diego; and Co-Deputy Director of the University of California Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment. Jay Silverman is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and the Director of Research for the Center on Gender Equity and Health and the University of California, San Diego. Anita Raj is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and the Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California, San Diego. One in three women globally has experienced violence from a male intimate partner (IPV) or sexual violence (SV) from a non-partner. Such violence is not only a human … [Read more...] about Is a global shift developing to reduce penalties for violence against women?