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Another consultation ending Friday 27th (not the UNAIDS one)

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Gus Cairns
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Another consultation ending Friday 27th (not the UNAIDS one)
Posted on: March 25 2015, 02:52 pm

Dear Members,

Another consultation…but in the form of a Surveymonkey that does not take too much time to answer.

IAVI, PATH, TB Alliance and several other organisations have noticed that the new Sustainable Development Goals for health almost entirely omit the development of new technologies – both treatment and prevention technologies -  for existing and potential diseases, especially neglected tropical diseases.

This survey aims to secure backing for the inclusion of indicators that will at least measure progress towards R&D into innovative solutions for neglected diseases and other health problems. It is interesting, for instance, that the few HIV-specific indicators mentioned do mention HIV incidence and condom use but make no mention of proportion treated, viral undetectability or PrEP (which by 2030 could have widespread use). Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment is entirely absent. And there is no mention of support to help lower-income countries set up their own R&D initiatives - as some are starting to do, often in partnership with the richer world.

I encourage members to fill in the Surveymonkey to help with a rearguard action to get R&D and innovative prevention approaches included into health goals.

Best wishes,

Gus Cairns
Editor, NAM
London WC1X 8DP

Tel. +44(0)20 7837 6988
Mob. +44(0)796 896 0407

From: Info Policycures []
Sent: 25 March 2015 09:39
To: Gus Cairns
Subject: REMINDER: Consultation closing 27 March. Measuring global health R&D in the post-2015 development agenda

Dear Gus,

I am writing to follow up on my recent email seeking your input on the measurement of global health R&D in the post-2015 development agenda. If you have already provided feedback, thank you and please excuse this email.

If you have not yet had the chance to provide feedback, I would encourage you to complete this short online survey by the deadline of this Friday, March 27th. The survey can be accessed here, or via the link below.

Most in the global health and development communities would recognise research and innovation as an essential component of efforts to deliver sustainable solutions to the health and development problems of people living in low and middle-income countries. But health R&D is entirely absent from the draft list of indicators currently being proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals by WHO and others in the health cluster, as well as from the recently defined ‘Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators’.

This is an opportunity for you to provide your perspective on whether and how global health R&D should be incorporated into the monitoring framework for the SDGs. Your feedback would be highly valued.

Post-2015 R&D indicator consultation – link to survey

A short background document for the survey is available here. If you have any further questions, or if we can assist you in any way to complete the survey by this Friday, please do not hesitate to contact Dale Halliday at

We look forward to your response.

Warm regards,

Dr Mary Moran
Executive Director
Policy Cures
Suite 206, 68 York Street
Sydney 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9262 5211
Fax: +61 2 9262 5233


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