[Ip-health] Reminder - IAS2019 side event / webinar on fixing the broken TB research and innovation system

James Cole James at stopaids.org.uk
Sun Jul 21 13:17:05 PDT 2019

– Apologies for cross-posting –

Hi everyone,

Those attending the IAS Conference this week, please don't forget to register for a special symposium on Tuesday, July 23rd on fixing the broken TB research and innovation system hosted by STOPAIDS and sponsored by the UNITAID NGO Delegation, Treatment Action Group, Treatment Action Campaign, GNP+ and Health GAP.

Please find details on the event and how to register (including via webcast) below.



How to fix our medical R&D model: A spotlight on TB treatment.

Our current model for developing new medicines is expensive, inefficient and unsustainable. There is an urgent need to develop medicines to address persistent treatment gaps, create more effective preventative therapies and ensure universal health coverage.

Lifesaving treatment for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, or new antiretrovirals to treat HIV remain prohibitively expensive. For example, Deltyba, one of the first two new anti-tuberculosis (TB) compounds to have become available in over four decades costs US$1700 per six-month treatment.

Our present system of developing new medicines too often fails to provide the most urgently needed health technologies, despite a large proportion of health R&D coming from public sources.

In this panel discussion and Q&A, expert speakers will share their opinions on how to foster a more effective TB response and why alternative models that are driven by public health interests need to be supported.

The event is open to the public. It is hosted by STOPAIDS and sponsored by the UNITAID NGO Delegation, Treatment Action Group, Treatment Action Campaign and GNP+.

Please RSVP via this link<https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-fix-our-medical-rd-model-a-spotlight-on-tb-treatment-tickets-64796346617> and contact James (james at stopaids.org.uk<mailto:james at stopaids.org.uk>) if you have any questions.

When: 11.00 - 12.30 (CDT time), Tuesday 23rd July.

Where: The Saloon, Granja Las Americas, Blvd. Pípila s/n, Acceso nº 3, Lomas de Sotelo, 11200 Ciudad de México. (10 minute walk from the conference centre)

Please register here via this link: https://bit.ly/2FSDK6Q

The event will be broadcast live and recorded via Zoom. Join the meeting by following this link: https://zoom.us/j/548478050)


  *   Fifa Rahman, UNITAID NGOs Board Member and PhD Candidate, University of Leeds

Speakers include:

  *   Sibongile Tshabalala, National Chairperson, Treatment Action Campaign
  *   Jeremiah Johnson, HIV Project Director, Treatment Action Group
  *   Dr Paula Fujiwara, Scientific Director, The Union
  *   Sharonann Lynch, HIV & TB advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Access Campaign
  *   Dr François Bompart, Director of HIV & Hepatitis C Initiative, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
  *   Dr Luis Alfredo Ponce de León Garduño, National Institute Salvador Zubirán

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