Further to my message on this subject, I note the following acknowledgement:
'Generous support was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, United States Pharmacopeial Convention, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Regional Centre of Excellence for Vaccines, Immunization and Health Supply Chain Management, Rwanda, and Concept Foundation to support attendees from LMICs.'
It would be wonderful for these same organisations to extend similar support to the complementary and arguably even more important challenge of improving the availability and use of information for prescribers and users of medicine.
As three global health leaders wrote in The Lancet back in 2006, the year HIFA was launched: "The Gates Foundation identified fourteen challenges but a fifteenth challenge stares us plainly in the face: The 15th challenge is to ensure that everyone in the world can have access to clean, clear, knowledge - a basic human right, and a public health need as important as access to clean, clear, water, and much more easily achievable."
Tikki Pang (WHO), Muir Gray (NHS, UK), and Tim Evans (WHO): 'A 15th grand challenge for global public health.' The Lancet 2006; 367:284-286.
Best wishes, Neil
Joint Coordinator HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines
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