In the news: What will the UK’s recent general election result and ongoing Brexit negotiations mean for DfID funding for global health?
The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) was established in 1997 with a mandate to tackle world poverty. Since its inception, it has played a major role in the global health landscape through bilateral programs, health partnerships, and the support of multilateral organisations, as well as influencing global health policy and international health research. Its future has come under increasing scrutiny following the UK referendum result in favour of leaving the EU last year, and again in the wake of last month’s general election result.
Cool heads in a crisis?
Understanding the role pharmaceutical companies can play in fighting today’s global health pandemics
First there was Ebola and now there is Zika; two official World Health Organization (WHO) Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC) within as many years. Whenever global health crises such as these emerge, the pharmaceutical industry comes under intense scrutiny for not having an immediate solution available. Part of the problem is that prevention is not always financially viable; the substantial R&D costs of developing vaccines or treatments for all known and potential threats that may or may not one day develop into global pandemics is not a feasible burden for the industry to carry alone.