[health-vn] UN ENVOY WELCOMES PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY’S MOVE TO RELEASE MALARIA DATA
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Subject: UN ENVOY WELCOMES PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY’S MOVE TO RELEASE MALARIA DATA
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:05:03 -0500
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UN ENVOY WELCOMES PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY’S MOVE TO RELEASE MALARIA DATA
New York, Jan 21 2010 1:05PM
The envoy leading United Nations efforts against malaria today praised one of
the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies for its plan to open up its
database to scientists in hopes of promoting research to help combat the deadly
GlaxoSmithKline announced today its decision to freely disseminate information
on more than 13,500 chemical compounds with malaria-fighting capabilities.
Raymond Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, praised the
move calling it a “revolutionary nexus between the corporate and humanitarian
worlds” that “will undoubtedly catalyze research and development and ensure a
According to UN data, malaria kills a child every 30 seconds.
In a statement released today, Mr. Chambers said GlaxoSmithKline’s decision
would accelerate intervention and “directly translate into more lives saved.”
Of the nearly half a billion people infected with the malaria parasite each
year, about 1 million die. Nearly 90 per cent of cases are in Africa.
In April 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set a timetable for comprehensive
malaria control in Africa by the end of 2010.
“With just one year remaining until the Secretary-General’s deadline to ensure
universal access to malaria control interventions, I’m extremely grateful for
GlaxoSmithKline’s commitment," Mr. Chambers said.
Combating malaria is also one of the eight Millennium Development Goals
(<"http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/">MDGs) set by the world’s leaders in 2000,
for which the countdown to 2015 – when they are supposed to be achieved – is
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