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Senior Program Officer for Industry Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Research Fellow, Center for Global Development
Neglected diseases continue to affect over a billion people worldwide and effective treatments and diagnostics are scarce. Yet research and development (R&D) for products to prevent and treat these diseases tend to be underfunded. A major barrier, particularly for pharmaceutical companies, is a lack of economic incentives to justify R&D. So how can we make the investment case and incentives for industry engagement stronger?
Hannah Kettler will share findings from a recent landscape on the nature multinational pharmaceutical companies’ investments in R&D of neglected infectious diseases. This new analysis provides insights into what motivates these companies’ investment decisions, how well current tools encourage their involvement, and more. Kettler will also present recommended steps that the Foundation and others should consider taking to help enhance the attractiveness of global health R&D opportunities.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.