WIW 2016 – Aeras: partnering to advance the best TB vaccine science

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

For the final article of our coverage of World Immunisation Week and the future of vaccines, Ann M. Ginsberg, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer at Aeras – a nonprofit biotechnology organisation developing new, effective tuberculosis (TB) vaccines that are affordable and accessible to all who need them – give us an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing organisations involved in vaccine research. For the …

WIW 2016: Sabin Vaccine Institute – Vaccines for NTDs are a global health priority

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

As we continue our coverage of World Immunisation Week, we give the floor to Alice Carter, who works with the Sabin Vaccine Institute, an organisation involved in NTDs research. Read the other articles here! The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization, made up of scientists, researchers and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering from vaccine preventable …

WIW 2016 – TBVI: “TB research severely underfunded”

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Our coverage of World Immunisation Week continues, with an interview with Rene Coppens of TBVI, a Europe-based organisation working to advance the development of the next generation of TB vaccines. For more information on the series click here! DSW: Can you tell our readers a little about TBVI? What is the organisation’s goal? Rene Coppens: The TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI) …

WIW 2016: ISGlobal – developing the next generation of vaccines

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

As we continue our coverage of World Immunisation Week, and survey the field for the next generation of vaccines, Quique Bassat of ISGlobal talks about the work that they do at their Barcelona-based organisation on disease and vaccine research. For more information on the series click here! Introducing the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) The Barcelona Institute for Global Health …

World Immunisation Week 2016: where are the game-changing vaccines?

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Each year, World Immunisation Week places the spotlight on the achievements made in recent decades in rolling out life-saving vaccines to the people that need them the most, saving millions of lives in the process. Innovation in vaccines has brought us seismic changes in public health in the last 50 years. Smallpox was eradicated, we are on the verge of …

Every two minutes a child dies from Malaria

Shane O'Halloran Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

How long will it take you to read this article? It’s a frightening thought that by the time you finish reading this even more children across the world will have died due to this virus. Malaria is so prevalent, that every day, around 590,000 people become infected, with at least 1,200 dying as a result. That’s over 438,000 victims per …

5 technologies that are obsolete…and 1 that should be. Or, why the TB vaccine needs to go the way of the cassette tape

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

  The 20th century was witness to revolutionary inventions and public health advances. We conquered polio and smallpox. We invented the internet, mastered organ transplant and empowered millions of people around the world to leave extreme poverty behind. Many of the technological marvels of the last 100 years have now been made obsolete by better and more efficient technology. Take …

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

Cecile Vernant Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

This article was originally published by EurActiv.  Having been on the cusp of announcing an end to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the end of 2015, we have been plunged into another public health emergency as the scale and spread of the Zika virus has grown. As with Ebola, the Zika outbreak in Brazil and its later spread …

“We need more money for R&D on diseases of poverty!” – an interview with DSW

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

This interview originally appeared on Rural 21, The International Journal for Rural Development. To read the original, please read it here. Given the magnitude of the problem, spending on research into poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases is by far not sufficient. Are experiences with the recent Ebola epidemic and the resolutions adopted by this year’s G7 Conferences going to bring about …

Global health innovation takes centre stage in Brussels this week

Magdalena Dall Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Global Health innovation is about to take Brussels by storm. We are winding down on what has been an important year for international development – we’ve seen the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, celebrated the European Year for Development, and are now witness to the negotiations in Paris on the future of climate action. Before we turn …

How to make health R&D fashionable… and get your lunch stolen by a bird: the 5th ANDI stakeholders meeting

Lisa Goerlitz Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

The 15% of the world population living in Africa, currently shoulder around 24% of the global disease burden, while only 1% of the world’s healthcare expenditure is made here. So indeed, “statistics can be depressing” as a delegate of the 5th stakeholder meeting of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) rightly said when summarising the very first …

A story of hope

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Introducing..., Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

  Today we have a special guest post from Bryan Jaybee, the winner of our Instagram #BeTheChange2015 photo & story contest. We asked him if he could share with us some further insights to his winning picture and he obliged us with this amazing story. We are extrememly thankful to him and to all contest entrants for their thoughtful responses. …

Where are we with Malaria?

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Malaria falls under the category of a poverty-­related and neglected diseases, a list which also includes a host of life threatening diseases such as HIV & AIDS, and tuberculosis. Children especially are more prone to these diseases and it is estimated that 1.5 billion children still die each year – deaths which could be easily prevented by a simple vaccine. …

To meet the global goals, UN must include health R&D indicators in SDG framework

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

This article was originally posted by Erin Will Morton, the Director at our partners Global Health Technology Coalition. You can read the original article here. Later this month global leaders are poised to approve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but a new report commissioned by a leading group of health non-profits including GHTC warns that the SDG targets will not be …