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Coherence for Health

Innovation for New Medicines for Infectious Diseases

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In developing countries, 6 out of 10 people die from infectious diseases. Nearly 1 billion humans suffer from a neglected infectious disease, according to the World Health Organisation. Yet less than 1% of the new drugs placed on the market from 1975 to the turn of the century were developed for these diseases. This book looks at ways of improving the availability of medicines for infectious diseases through strengthened coherence in health, trade, science and technology, development co-operation and finance.

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Annex B

The Basic Economics of Scaling Up Healthcare in Low-Income Settings

The greatest challenge of global public health is to scale up the access of the world’s poor to basic health services. An estimated 11 million children die each year of readily preventable and treatable conditions. Roughly half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, though sub-Saharan Africa constitutes just 12% of the world’s population. The over-arching problem is extreme poverty, and the over-arching solution is targeted assistance by the developed world to enable the poorest countries, and especially those in sub- Saharan Africa, to introduce basic health services with guaranteed availability to all. 

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