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Business Community, Health Sector, Governments Should Partner To Combat Growing Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease in Developing World
Released: 3/22/2010

Tackling the increasing rates of cardiovascular disease in developing nations will require input from multiple partners, including the business community and international companies as well as global health and development agencies and the governments of these countries, says the IOM's report Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health.

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African Science Academies Gather in Ghana
Released: 11/9/2009

The fifth annual conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative is under way in Accra, Ghana. The three-day event will focus on how expert advice from science academies and others can guide policies aimed at reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening ceremony began with video messages by science and policy leaders from around the world, congratulating the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on its 50th anniversary, and emphasizing the importance of evidence-based advice in the policymaking process.

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Sociologist David Mechanic receives Institute of Medicine's 2009 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine awarded the 2009 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David Mechanic, University Professor and René Dubos Professor of Behavioral Sciences; and director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. The Sarnat Prize, consisting of a medal and $20,000, was presented to Mechanic at IOM's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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International Partnership Helps Reduce Cost of Antimalarial Drugs

On the basis of the central recommendation from the 2004 IOM report Saving Lives, Buying Time: The Economics of Antimalarial Drugs, an international partnership called Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria was established in April 2009 to heavily subsidize the antimalarial drug market.

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Announcement

IOM Guide to Recent Studies and Workshops on Pandemic Flu

Cases of the novel strain of H1N1 (Swine Origin [SO]) influenza that spread rapidly through Mexico in April 2009 now span the globe, and pandemic response plans are being activated to meet the threat to public health. This guide highlights action and information that could be useful for near-term implementation of pandemic planning and response.

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IOM President releases free electronic edition of The Swine Flu Affair, offering lessons from the 1976 swine flu scare

In response to the recent outbreak of swine flu in North America, Dr. Fineberg has released a new electronic edition of his report The Swine Flu Affair, dedicated to the memory of Richard Neustadt, and available for download by the public.

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