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Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry Calls for Public-Private Sector Engagement to Accelerate Progress Towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in Planning New Development Agenda
Date:9/23/2013

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While the world should not lose sight of the unfinished business in the current health-related MDGs, emerging issues such as diabetes, cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, will increasingly challenge health systems worldwide in the next fifteen years. Eighty (80) percent of deaths due to these 'non-communicable' diseases occur in low- and middle-income countries and will inevitably increase pressure to find cost-effective interventions to prevent or treat diseases.

"To maximize the impact of private sector action on global health goals, we need proactive, cross-sector engagement in framing the next set of development goals," says Eduardo Pisani. "The original MDGs were conceived without a clear map as to how the private sector could contribute. Pharmaceutical companies came to the fore anyway-recognizing the criticality of their unique contributions. But we know that there is no sector-not government, not civil society, not industry-that can alone drive the system-wide change that is required to address the most intractable health challenges."

Related materials:

OpEd: Meeting global development goals requires more cross-sector partnerships, by Eduardo Pisani, IFPMA Director General and Aron Cramer, CEO, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

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1. United Nations, A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, Report of the Secretary-General.

IFPMA publication: Sustainable Health and Multi-stakeholder Action - Lessons Learned from the MDGs)


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