Congressional briefing to highlight role of health product innovation

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The following is a guest post provided by the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC).

On May 3, 2011, GHTC will host its second annual Congressional briefing to highlight the need for and role of new health products for diseases affecting people around the world. Over the past year, the world witnessed remarkable breakthroughs and innovations in global health. Recent advancements in women’s health, including a microbicide to prevent HIV infection, have the potential to save millions of lives. A new meningitis vaccine, costing less than 50 cents per dose, was launched in West Africa and promises to prevent disability and death from the disease. The United States has played a key role in these and many other global health breakthroughs. This event will highlight the role of research, science, and innovation in meeting U.S. global health and development objectives.      

The event—titled “Sparking innovation to save lives: How the US can advance global health through new technologies”—will be held in the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325) of the Russel Senate Building on May 3 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. It will include a high-level panel to examine key policy issues most critical in meeting the future needs of the developing world.

Keynote speaker:
Kerri-Ann Jones, PhD

Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Panelists include:
Amie Batson, MPPM
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Elizabeth Bukusi, MBChB, MMed, MPH, PhD
Chief Research Office and Deputy Director (Research and Training) at the Kenya Medical Research Institute

Michael Castle, JD
Former US Representative from Delaware

Alex Dehgan, PhD, MSc, JD
Science and Technology Advisor at USAID

Moderator:
Yasmin Halima, MPH
Director, Global Campaign for Microbicides

In addition, the event will showcase critical new tools under development to prevent, diagnose, and treat global health diseases. Several GHTC member organizations working in global health research and development will display their work. 

The GHTC will also launch its second annual report on global health innovation at the briefing. The report provides recommendations for U.S. policymakers, calling for the acceleration of scientific innovations and streamlining the approval of safe and affordable inventions in order to save more lives around the world.

The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) is a group of almost 40 nonprofit organizations working to increase awareness of the urgent need for tools that save lives in the developing world. These tools include new vaccines, drugs, microbicides, diagnostics, and other devices. The coalition advocates for increased and effective use of public resources, incentives to encourage private investment, and streamlined regulatory systems. For more information, visit www.ghtcoalition.org.

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