The international nonprofit organization Population Services International (PSI) and the biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced Healthy Communities, a US $1 million collaboration to expand access to life-saving hypertension medicines and treatment services in Myanmar and Vietnam. Read More

  • Action on Fistula has already treated 2,471 women with obstetric fistula
  • Astellas supports Fistula Foundation in its second phase of the programme to work towards ending obstetric fistula


Tokyo, May 23, 2017 – Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, “Astellas”) on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula,pledges its support to the Fistula Foundation as the second phase of Action on Fistula launches with an ambitious target to treat 4,500 women with obstetric fistula in Kenya by 2020.

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 By Evan Lee, MD, Vice President, Global Health, Eli Lilly and Company 

Working in global development, it’s impossible to avoid seeing the heavy personal and societal tolls being wrought by cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and mental health. These noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for three out of every five deaths across the world. The impact is even greater in developing countries, where limited resources and structural barriers hamper access to care.
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Developing countries are facing a new challenge from an increase in non- communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and chronic respiratory disorders. At the same time, while substantial gains have been made in the battle against infectious diseases and child and maternal mortality, these remain a major concern, resulting in a double burden of disease.Read More

By Dave Ricks

Medical science in recent decades has made extraordinary progress in the fight against many diseases. Unfortunately, far too many people do not benefit from all of this progress, especially those living in some low- and middle-income communities.  The World Health Organization reports that 400 million people worldwide do not have access to essential health services.[i]  Access Accelerated–a new multi-stakeholder partnership announced this week—aims to confront that dismal statistic.

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