Global Health Progress Encourages Global Partnerships on Access to Health Care
Released on: February 18, 2011, 4:38 am
Global Health Progress
Starting this month, members of Congress will be looking
closely at U.S. spending as they work with the White House to build the
2012 budget. One area that has come under increased scrutiny is U.S.
spending on global health programs. Several groups last week announced
a petition (http://www.supportglobalhealth.org/) seeking support for
global health spending through the United States Global Health
Initiative. Many fear that even flat spending in this area could
jeopardize important programs in vaccine research and treatment.
News like this highlights the important role that public-private partnerships play
in supporting access to global health care. The Global Health Progress initiative
seeks to bring research-based biopharmaceutical companies and global health leaders
together to improve access to medicine and health care in the developing world. We
are committed to being part of the effort to create a sustainable health care system
that includes improving access to health care and continuing medical innovation and
progress for all people.
Research-based biopharmaceutical companies and their partners around the world are
working to implement sustainable solutions and strengthen the health care delivery
systems so they can meet tomorrow's challenges. Millions of people lack access to
essential medicines due to factors including incomplete delivery systems, lack of
training for health personnel, lack of infrastructure and the cost of treatments.
We must address the underlying barriers to health care, such as weak and fragmented
health systems, limited health care personnel and inadequate resources for scaling
up proven solutions. The innovative research and development (R&D) of new drugs and
vaccines is a critical component of improving health care and combating epidemics in
Through meaningful public-private partnerships with others in the field, including
policymakers in the developed and developing world, multi-lateral institutions,
non-governmental organizations, and academia we can help shape sustainable solutions
that improve the health of all people.
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resources to address health challenges in the developing world by bringing local
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