On February 16, 2017, Policy Cures launches its 2017 G-FINDER report in Brussels. The report finds that the EU has superseded the UK as the second-largest funder of global health R&D. The US remains the largest funder; however, both the US and the UK have reduced their funding in 2015. The EU significantly increased spending. Since 2008, G-FINDER has tracked global investments into research and product-development for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other neglected diseases. The platform provides data about 35 different neglected diseases across 142 product areas and platform technologies.
The German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has launched a five-year partnership program (2017-2022) between German and sub-Saharan African research institutions to strengthen cooperation in health and health care, including to research diseases that disproportionately affect people in Africa. The initiative is divided into five sub-projects, or ‘networks’, each focusing on different related issues. These include better identification and management of infectious diseases, neglected diseases, health systems strengthening and evidence-based medicine, and non-communicable diseases. The five German-African networks comprise two German and up to seven African partners from 14 African countries, and will be coordinated by African scientists.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2 to 4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). Its 15th edition takes place in Melbourne, 3-7 April 2017, with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry representatives and students gathering from all over the globe to exchange experiences and knowledge on public health issues. Key goals for this year's congress include: analyzing and sharing global health lessons, particularly around gender and discrimination; articulating the role of health in the Sustainable Development Goals; and examining the translation of evidence-based science into action.
Location: Melbourne, Australia