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Richard Chin

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Definition of Affordable

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 12:27 AM

The mission of iOWH is to develop affordable drugs. What does affordable mean? Let's say we receive a $50M grant and spend the grant to develop a drug. Because we don't have to pay back the grant we can sell the drug for the cost of manufacturing - let's say...

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Water Is Life - World Water Day 2010

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 7:29 PM

Water is Life

In many parts of the world, especially here in San Francisco, people take for granted the ability to turn on a tap for safe and clean water to drink, to cook, to wash. Yet, each year...

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Handwashing Saves Lives, and Not Simply from Swine Flu

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 6:15 PM

This flu season, American families are getting the message loud and clear: handwashing can save lives this year by preventing the spread of swine flu.

In developing countries, this simple, low-cost and effective way to prevent disease is equally critical for families, particularly children, year-round, and every year.


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New Momentum on Malaria

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 8:27 PM

This week at the UN General Assembly meeting, African leaders launched an ambitious new anti-malaria campaign - The African Leaders Malaria Alliance - to eliminate all preventable malaria deaths on the continent by 2015.

Another collaborative effort to combat malaria--the Artemisinin Project--was also recently in the news in an article...

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Novel Approaches to IP Collaborations: Advancing Cures for Neglected Diseases

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 11:34 AM

While this week's news is being dominated by Supreme Court nomination hearings, there's also good news this week for intellectual property and global health.

The Group of 8 countries just issued a global public health report encouraging implementation of the World Health Organization's strategy on intellectual property rights and...

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Comprehensive Global Health Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 11:39 AM

"We will fight -- we will fight neglected tropical disease. And we won't confront illnesses in isolation -- we will invest in public health systems that promote wellness and focus on the health of mothers and children." - President Barack Obama's speech Saturday in Accra, Ghana, as provided by...

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The Possiblity of a Pandemic and the Certainty of Diseases That Kill

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 1:10 AM

The World Health Organization, global health community and political leaders worldwide have responded with commendable speed and efficiency to the swine flu virus sweeping the globe.

That has me wondering, though, why an equally (if not more) devastating illness continues to receive comparatively little attention: diarrheal diseases, which kill approximately...

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A Response to 'Charity is Dead'

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 3:07 PM

Julia - In response to your post:

You've raised some excellent points about how we view people in need. As our virtual connections increase and we become a more global society, individual groups can no longer afford to isolate themselves from other countries or cultures...

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Remembering Neglected Mothers This Mother's Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2009 | 8:07 PM

May 10 is Mother's Day and I'll be celebrating it with my wife and four children with our usual family traditions -- breakfast in bed, handmade cards from the kids, flowers from me and a nice dinner out.

Many families in the U.S. will be celebrating much like us. The...

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On World Malaria Day, Commitment to Malaria Continues Despite Tough Economic Times

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 2:31 PM

Last week, Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced a $225 million initiative aimed at bringing effective anti-malarial drugs to all who need them.

"The age when the world had effective drugs against infectious diseases but let millions die each year because they couldn't afford...

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Tip of the Hat to Stephen Colbert and Malaria Project

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2009 | 1:22 PM

Malaria is no laughing matter, but Stephen Colbert generated some laughs when he recently hosted OneWorld Health Malaria Project partner and U.C. Berkeley professor Jay Keasling on The Colbert Report.

While responding to Stephen's jokes, and deflecting his accusations of being a "mad scientist," Dr....

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Slumdog Millionaire: Debate Poverty not "Poverty Porn"

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 4:07 PM

In her recent UK Times piece, Alice Miles calls Slumdog Millionaire "Poverty Porn" and yesterday guests on NPR's Talk of the Nation discussed whether these types of films exploit, distort or glorify the poorest people on the planet.

Apparently, tours of Mumbai slums are experiencing a...

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Can This Year's Feel-Good Movie Also Do Good?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 11:28 AM

For the millions of children who live in the world's poorest communities, like Slumdog Millionaire's Jamal Malik, just making it to adulthood is a real challenge.

As it makes its victory rounds, the real test of Slumdog Millionaire is whether this year's undisputed feel-good movie is able to move...

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