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The Way Ahead: Sustainable R&D Framework Needed to Address Essential Health Needs of Developing Countries 
At the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) two weeks ago, Member States discussed recommendations by the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on R&D financing and coordination. Agreement was reached on a way forward to strengthen the financing and coordination of R&D for health needs of developing countries, including consultations throughout the year ahead and pilot projects. Ahead of the WHA discussions, DNDi published a policy brief to relate the CEWG recommendations to its own ‘lessons learned’. 
  DNDi policy brief
DNDi press release  
CEWG report

 




WHA Resolution: Next Steps  
 
DNDi strongly hopes that all relevant actors will contribute to national, regional, and international consultations in the coming months in order to concretely pave the way for a sustainable global R&D framework. Bernard Pécoul (DNDi), Carlos Morel (FIOCRUZ), and Monique Wasunna (DNDi Africa & KEMRI),  comment on the WHA Resolution and on the way ahead.    
  Listen to B. Pécoul's podcast  
Listen to C. Morel's podcast
Listen to M. Wasunna's podcast

Paediatric Benznidazole: Completion of the recruitment for Population PK Study in Argentina     

DNDi completed on 11 May 2012 the recruitment of 80 patients (newborn - 12 years old) at five sites in Argentina for a Population PK study.
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Patient Perspective: Manuel Gutiérrez Torrico Speaks about FINDECHAGAS 
 
Manuel Gutiérrez Torrico tells how he and his family became infected with Chagas disease and talks about why the federation FINDECHAGAS, which advocates for the support of Chagas patients, was created.  
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VL Publication in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

The article, 'Translational pharmacokinetic modelling and simulation for the assessment of duration of contraceptive use after treatment with miltefosine' provides for the first time rational suggestions for contraceptive cover for a teratogenic drug, used to treat visceral leishmaniasis, based on an animal-to-human dose conversion.
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