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A Race Against Time to Check Malaria Resistance

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 04.22.2016 | Home
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Insecticide-treated bed nets and spraying of homes have proved formidable tools to fight malaria. Concern is growing, however, that hard-fought gains over the past decade could be undermined by insecticide resistance.

How Airline Tickets and Oil Barrels Can End Extreme Poverty

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Katherine Keating

The biggest challenge of international development and ending extreme poverty is funding. Achieving the MDGs isn't just about will power, it's about financial investment; healthcare, schools, technology, etc. all cost money.

An Invisible Way to End Poverty

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

What if our everyday transactions could contribute to poverty alleviation? To nourishing a hungry child or purchasing a life-saving medication? And what if this action was effortless to the global consumer?

UNITAID holds a key for revolutionizing access to HIV medicines

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 01.31.2015 | Home
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Today is World AIDS Day, a time to again take stock of the international community's response to tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We've come a long way since the first World AIDS Day in 1988.

A Tale of Two Reports: Global Inequality According to Bill Gates and Oxfam

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Two reports on global inequality made headlines recently, putting a spotlight on an oft-neglected topic. As the world's movers and shakers flock to Davos for the World Economic Forum, these reports describe two different situations, in essence "the best of times" and the "worst of times."

Beating HIV: We Have the Tools, and Must Stay the Course

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

My vision is for a World AIDS Day in the near future where we can say with pride that we have achieved universal access to treatment. This goal is within reach, but only by supporting important initiatives to make medicines available, appropriate, and affordable will we fully be able to grasp it.

President Clinton Congratulates France for Defining the Way Forward for Innovative Financing

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 07.29.2013 | Home
Philippe Douste-Blazy

If UNITAID proved how the power of numbers could be used to raise more money to combat extreme poverty, then we need to take the next step. Why can't we take microscopic contributions from the activities that most profit from globalization?

Behind the Revolution of Diagnosis That Led to the HIV Miracle Baby...and More

Cheryl Contee | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Cheryl Contee

UNITAID is a small but scrappy group based within the World Health Organization that is applying 21st century solutions to age-old problems using a 1-2 punch of innovative financing and futuristic technology.

New Technology Can Save Lives From an Ancient Disease

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Created in 2006, UNITAID is largely financed by a small tax on airline tickets and last year invested $30 million to roll out a new rapid test for tuberculosis, known as GeneXpert.

The Financial Transaction Tax: Globalization's Payback Time for the World's Poor

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 03.12.2013 | Home
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Last year, UNITAID released a study that demonstrates exactly what a country would need to do to implement an FTT. The study found that the introduction of such a tax on a national basis should have no significant negative impact on national financial markets.

Why I Am Thinking About the Nobel Peace Prize on World Malaria Day

Mark Leon Goldberg | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Mark Leon Goldberg

We need to diversify how we fund the global fight against diseases like malaria. The term for this is "innovative financing for development." The world's laboratory for innovative financing is located in Geneva, in a small outpost of the UN family called UNITAID.

In Cameroon with UNITAID: Keeping HIV Patients Alive and Well

Mark Leon Goldberg | Posted 10.29.2011 | Home
Mark Leon Goldberg

Drug companies who participate in the patent pool hand over their patents to UNITAID, which makes those patents available to generic drug manufacturers. Part of the deal is that the generic drugs can only be sold in lower-income countries.

Sophie Delaunay of Doctors Without Borders USA (MSF) on Global Health Financing

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

It's quite ironic that on one hand there has never been such strong mobilization and acknowledgement of global health needs, and still, the funding and policies do not proportionately match the momentum or awareness.