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Health systems

Allen AI Joins Microsoft, Baidu to Help Empower Academic Searches

Paul Allen`s artificial intelligence institute is putting together a coalition including Microsoft Corp., Google, Baidu Inc. and the Gates Foundation to share technology and ideas to help scientific researchers and academics find and take advantage of the latest discoveries and information. Called the Open Academic Search project, the goal is to aid researchers by having the companies, institutes and non-profits involved make their AI and analysis tools open-source, or freely available to other groups to use and tweak. The project seeks to empower researchers, doctors and professors to use the latest discoveries amid a sea of new work and data that`s being created too rapidly for anyone to keep track

June 20, 2017

Ban on foreign funds for non-profits may hurt India health programmes

India’s ban on foreign funding for the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a non-profit group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, may damage some government health programmes, according to the group and a health ministry official. In a letter to the health ministry, dated May 3rd, the non-profit said many of its programmes linked to the ministry were in suspended animation and that its domestic funds would only help it run operations until June. Affected programmes included those on eliminating black fever, HIV prevention, tobacco control and universal health coverage

May 30, 2017

Health ministry takes PHFI off vaccination campaign over foreign funding

In its first action dissociating one of its programmes from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), the Health Ministry has decided to take away its role in the Mission Indradhanush vaccination campaign. The decision has been taken keeping in mind that till its problems with foreign funding are resolved, the PHFI cannot access money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for the programme, and therefore cannot possibly discharge its role. It is the first sign that the PHFI’s troubles with the government may not end any time soon

May 29, 2017
Indian Express

Communicable diseases

Bill and Melinda Gates are placing bets on this biotech in the race to develop a Zika vaccine

The US Department of Health and Human Services has provisionally agreed to put in $125m to underwrite Moderna’s attempt to make a vaccine for Zika. The Gates Foundation has pledged to give Moderna Therapeutics up to $100m to develop mRNA-based vaccines for infectious diseases. The company claims it can direct cells to develop whatever protein it chooses, in effect, turning a body’s own cells into miniature factories, capable of developing the therapeutic proteins necessary to fight infections and heal diseases

May 19, 2017

Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates

The software mogul’s sway over the World Health Organization has spurred criticism about it having misplaced priorities, according to Politico, and Gates having ‘undue influence.’ The article suggests Gates’ influence is likely to increase as the U.S. and the UK threaten to cut funding if the agency doesn’t make a better investment case for its activities. With Gates being the second largest funder, just above the UK, Politico points out that all the DG candidates need to ally with him in some way. It also says Gates’ sway has NGOs and academics worried. They worry as his wealth comes from big business it could serve as a Trojan horse for corporate interests to undermine WHO’s role in setting standards and shaping healthcare policies

May 4, 2017
Politico Europe

Partnership of nations set to combat pandemic health threats

The FT reports on the coming together of an international team of specialists who are going to work to combat pandemic health threats. Backed by the UK, Norway, the EU, the Gates Foundation and India, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) is a partnership designed to support research and coordination to accelerate the development and distribution of new vaccines, limiting the threat of emerging lethal infections 

April 19, 2017
Financial Times, Financial Times

Home Ministry cancels FCRA licence of NGO linked to Gates Foundation

The Indian government has cancelled the FCRA registration of the NGO Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) barring it from receiving foreign funds. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of its biggest donors. The MHA order listed a six point violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act accusing the leading NGO of misusing foreign funding by working with the anti-tobacco lobby

April 19, 2017
India Today, Live Mint
April 20, 2017
Indian Express

World Health Organization hails major progress on tackling tropical diseases

The WHO director general announced that significant strides have been made in the fight against sleeping sickness, elephantiasis and other neglected tropical diseases. Data from WHO showed that in 2015 more than 60% of the 1.6bn people suffering from neglected tropical diseases received treatment. In the same year there were fewer reported cases of sleeping sickness than in any other year since records began. There were roughly 3,000 cases of sleeping sickness recorded in 2015, an 89% reduction in numbers since 2000. There were only 25 cases of Guinea worm disease, a condition that affected 3.5m people in 1986

April 19, 2017
The Guardian, Reuters, BBC
April 18, 2017
Financial Times
April 20, 2017
The Times

A Look At Latest Figures On R&D For Neglected Diseases

In a new report from Policy Cures, it concluded that financing for R&D into so-called neglected diseases rose, mainly due to the Ebola outbreak and private sector contributions representing a bigger share

March 1, 2017
Intellectual Property Watch