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Background papers on two sessions at the Forum 10 of the Global Forum for Health Research

Two background papers on two sessions at the Forum 10 of the Global Forum for Health Research Oct. 29-31: "The Social Vaccine" and "Research Priorities for Public Health Schools with a Focus on the South".

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Ravi Narayan
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Stop KorUS FTA Right Now!

The 4th round of talks on Korea-US FTA is being held from 23th to 27th October, in Jeju Island in South Korea. Just as we had warned, the FTA talks are being driven to an uneven negotiation behind doors, ignoring peoples' concerns and resistance. Clearly, the FTA is pushed not by peoples' will but by some officials in Rho administration, strongly supporting neoliberal "open-door" policies.

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Korean Alliance against KorUS FTA(KoA)
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What is happening at the World Health Organization? The coming election of the WHO Director-General

Vicente Navarro is Professor of Health and Public Policy, School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University; Director of the Public and Social Policy Program, Pompeu Fabra University – The Johns Hopkins University; Founder and Past President of the International Association of Health Policy; and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Health Services.

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Vicente Navarro
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Novartis Challenges Indian safeguards

A patent for the cancer drug Gleevec was rejected based on the grounds that it was merely a new form of an old drug, which according to the Indian law, cannot be patented. But Novartis is now challenging the patent rejection, and the Indian law that protects thousands of cancer sufferers and their families.

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MSF & Lawyers Collective, India
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Carmageddon: the hidden war between motor cars and people

There is a silent, ongoing, global war between motor cars and people. It is silent because, though it kills many times more people than armed conflicts and terrorist acts combined, it seldom hits the headlines in the way they do. It is ongoing because it rages and will continue to rage around us day and night. And it is global because, though it started in the rich world just over a century ago, it has spread throughout the world and is now spreading like wildfire through poor countries. I have called this war Carmageddon, from Armageddon (n), a dramatic and catastrophic conflict, especially one seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race. This article describes Carmageddon and its four theatres of war.

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Louis Reynolds
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High vaccine cost raised in bird flu discussion at WHA

The high cost of vaccines for avian flu and the need to prevent commercial monopoly over the medicines that are developed from stocks of the virus provided by affected countries emerged as a key issue as discussions on health issues began at the World Health Assembly being held here this week.

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Lim Li Ching
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This year's Olle Hansson Award to Dr. K Bala

The Olle Hansson Award recognizes the work of individuals from developing countries who have contributed most to promoting the concepts of essential drugs and their rational use and increasing the awareness among consumers of the dangers of irrational and hazardous drugs.

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PHA Exchange

Governments Must Move Forward with Global R&D Framework at World Health Assembly

As health ministers meet in Geneva at the World Health Assembly (WHA) next week, the medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is calling on governments to overhaul the way medical research and development (R&D) is prioritised and financed, and support a resolution proposed by Kenya and Brazil for a "global framework on essential health R&D." Despite gathering increasing support from many governments, this resolution has faced consistent obstruction on the part of the WHO Secretariat.

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MSFMedecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Geneva,

Just listen: research and activism can walk hand-in-hand

Completing his three-year term as co-ordinator of the Global Secretariat of the People’s Health Movement – before it moves to the Middle East – activist researcher Ravi Narayan, a member of the Foundation Council of the Global Forum, speaks of the necessity for all groups working towards people’s health, including researchers, to listen to each other. Hard evidence is essential for progress he says – especially evidience collected and analysed by researchers in least developed countries.

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Real Health News
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Intellectual property rules suit the wealthy

Recent media focus on intellectual property rules has led many to believe that the entire debate centers around the issues of piracy of films, videos and DVDs. There is a constant refrain that a watertight regime of intellectual property rules is essential to protect the rights of those who devised, developed and produced innovative goods, be it art or health cures.

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Glenn Ashton
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Pfizer Fights IP Flexibilities In The Philippines

The world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, is suing the Philippine government for having imported and registered - but not marketed - a product that is still under patent. At the same time, industry is said to be lobbying against a bill under consideration in the Philippines that would introduce more flexibilities into the country’s intellectual property law, according to sources.

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Tove Iren S. Gerhardsen
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Public Health at Risk: A US Free Trade Agreement could threaten access to medicines in Thailand

New stringent drug patent and marketing rules being negotiated in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the US and Thailand would limit competition and reduce access to affordable medicines in Thailand.

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Oxfam America
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Development agenda in the World Intellectual Property Organization

Amit Sen Gupta

28 April 2006
A major development on Intellectual Property Rights in October 2005 went virtually unnoticed. The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reached an agreement to continue work on a development agenda for WIPO that is being pushed-for by most developing countries.

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Amit Sen Gupta
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EU Commission misleading on the access to generics

The European Union Commission has, according to its press release today, urged the EU to accept amendments to WTO Agreement on Intellectual Property, which it says would pave the way to provide wider access to generic medicine. Médecins Sans Frontières describes this as utterly 'misleading'.

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Abraham Thomas
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INDIA: A Nation of Guinea Pigs

There's a new outsourcing boom in South Asia - and a billion people are jockeying for the jobs. How India became the global hot spot for drug trials.

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Jennifer Kahn
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