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Dr. Héctor Castro visits with workshop participants in Thailand on strategic pricing of medical products in 2019. Photo credit: UNDP-ADP.

MSH applauds the appointment of Dr. Héctor Castro as the Latin America Policy Forum Chair for Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering health technology assessments. Dr. Castro is MSH’s Global Lead of Health Financing, Technologies, Data, and Impact and has also served as a Board Director with HTAi from 2018 to 2020. With over 20 years of professional experience, Dr.

{Photo Credit Fabrice Duhal}Photo Credit Fabrice Duhal

Monitoring patients who are taking a new medicine is critical for patient safety and an essential component of a well-functioning pharmaceutical sector. The USAID MTaPS Program is working in Mozambique to establish an active surveillance system to assess the safety of an HIV drug in HIV/TB co-infected patients, including pregnant women, that has recently been introduced in the country. The concern for pregnant women stems from earlier indications of neural tube defect in babies born to women taking the medicine and the fact that women are disproportionately affected by HIV in Mozambique.

{Photo Credit: Warren Zelman}Photo Credit: Warren Zelman

In the wake of the US decision to terminate the relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), Pandemic Action Network and leading global health organizations have published a brief paper outlining some of the critical steps that the world needs to take to prevent pandemics. The report sets out a key challenge for global leaders to work together in an unprecedented way to end COVID-19 as swiftly as possible and prepare for future pandemic threats.The report, published jointly by the Pandemic Action Network, ONE, PATH, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Global Health Security Agenda

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