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A year in review: The global health innovation stories that shaped 2018

Two thousand eighteen was a turbulent year in global health. Between reemerging crises, breakthrough scientific discoveries, and the continued looming threat of health research funding cuts, 2018 took us on a roller coaster ride of peril and promise. As the new year begins, GHTC is taking a moment to look back and reflect on the global health innovation stories and news that shaped 2018.
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GHTC releases brief analyzing WHO draft roadmap for access

Following the release of the World Health Organization's (WHO) final draft of its Road Map for Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Other Health Products, GHTC has published a new policy brief analyzing the contents of the road map and the potential implications, if approved.
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Member Spotlight: FIND

FIND is an international nonprofit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and others.

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GHTC works to save and improve lives by encouraging the research and development of essential health technologies. We bring together more than 25 nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and aligned businesses to advance policies to accelerate the creation of new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other tools that bring healthy lives within reach for all people.

Why we're needed

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 within reach for all people.

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GHTC issues statement on ending tuberculosis at WHO Executive Board meeting

GHTC issued a statement at the 144th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board urging Member States to realign National TB Strategic Plans, including on research and development, to fulfill the commitments of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis. The statement, which was issued in partnership with the Global Health Council, American Academy of Pediatrics, and ACTION, welcomed the HLM's attention to the neglected needs of children, which affects approximately one million children annually.

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GHTC issues statement on equitable access to medicines at WHO Executive Board meeting

GHTC issued a statement at the 144th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board supporting the ongoing efforts of WHO to increase equitable access to medicines, vaccines, and other health products. The statement, which was issued in partnership with the Global Health Council, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and NCD Child, encourages WHO to support a comprehensive approach to improving access that considers affordability, acceptability, availability, and quality.

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11th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses
Coalition against Typhoid at the Sabin Vaccine Institute
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Briefing: Accelerating the Response to Tuberculosis
RESULTS, American Thoracic Society, TB Alliance, Treatment Action Group, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Infectious Diseases Society of America, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the National TB Controllers Association
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Research Roundup: Study finds safer & shorter treatment for Chagas, Trumps budget proposes cuts to biomedical research, and FDA accepts new drug application for pretomanid in combination TB regimen

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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Research Roundup: WHO transformations, new funding model for health needed, and HIV reported cured in second patient

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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