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.



Neglected and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Why It Is An Issue Now

This chapter introduces, and provides the context for, why neglected and emerging infectious diseases is an issue and why it is gaining attention today. It briefly sets out the the High-Level Forum on Policy Coherence: Availability of Medicines for Neglected and Emerging Infectious Diseases (HLF), held in June 2008 in the Netherlands as well as the the Noordwijk Medicines Agenda, the HLF’s main deliverable.


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