Global health briefs
September / October 2018 | Volume 17, Number 5
New report examines global quality of care
Up to 8 million deaths occur each year from poor quality of care in developing countries−more than HIV, TB and malaria combined−according to a report published by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The study calls for more implementation science research and development of interventions to improve care.
Study explores gaps in postdoc training
A landmark report identifies gaps in externally funded international postgraduate research training in Africa. While strengthening research capacity is recognized as a leading strategy to overcome health disparities worldwide, the study finds that support for research training is very unevenly distributed.
Health policy and systems research studied
For health policy and systems research to remain relevant, its practitioners must re-think how health systems are conceptualized to keep up with rapid changes in how diseases are diagnosed and managed, according to a recent report published in the journal
Health Research Policy and Systems.
NIH develops resource for behavioral trials
The NIH is requesting public comment on a draft Behavioral and Social Clinical Trials Template, created to guide investigators through the systematic development of a comprehensive clinical protocol. This is an expansion of the e-Protocol Tool.
Free diabetes resource published online
A one-stop reference for medical information about diabetes has been published online by the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The publication contains prevention, treatment and other information.
FDA expands incentive program
The FDA has added Lassa fever, chikungunya, rabies and cryptococcal meningitis to a program designed to encourage development of new treatments. The initiative gives companies that develop drugs for certain tropical diseases a special pass to speed up the process for a future drug application.
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