Health technologies have the potential to save millions of lives. New tools are needed to slow the global threat of diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases, and tackle many other pressing health needs. For diseases and conditions primarily affecting people in the world’s poorest places, there is little to no commercial market to spur R&D. Strong investment and innovative solutions are needed to catalyze the development of new technologies to bring health and opportunity in reach for all people.
GHTC issued a statement at the 140th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board, welcoming efforts by WHO to advance frameworks to catalyze development of new technologies to combat potentially epidemic diseases and support regulatory models and procurement systems to accelerate the pace at which these tools reach patients. The statement was issued in partnership with the Global Health Council and PATH.
GHTC has named Jamie Bay Nishi as its new director. Currently, Ms. Nishi serves as Managing Director of Devex LIVE at Devex, a media platform for the global development community. She will assume the GHTC director position in late February.
In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.
The 140th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board (EB) closed last week with a shortlist of three candidates for the WHO Director General position and progress on key global health R&D issues.