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  • 2008 Summit Report
    Nutrition

    This report summarizes the conceptual foundation, key findings, and impact of the 2008 Pacific Health Summit, "The Global Nutrition Challenge: Getting a Healthy Start."


  • Scaling Up and Sustaining Nutrition Interventions: Lessons Learned from Success in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Nutrition

    This 2008 NBR Center for Health and Aging White Paper outlines experiences, opportunities, and lessons learned in scaling up interventions in the Asia-Pacific region to address the global burden of undernutrition.


  • Obesity Prevention and Control Efforts in Singapore
    Nutrition

    This 2008 NBR Center for Health and Aging Case Study outlines policies and programs designed to prevent and control obesity and associated diseases in Singapore.


  • Obesity, Associated Diseases, and Personal Health: Addressing the Global Nutrition Challenge
    Nutrition

    A report from the April 7 Summit Advance Workshop held in London. The event convened 60 leaders from science, policy, public health, industry, and medicine to discuss the rapidly emerging threat of obesity and its associated diseases in both developed and developing societies.


  • Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
    Nutrition

    A report from the February 15 Summit Advance Workshop held in Tokyo. The event welcomed 50 leaders from Japan and the international nutrition community to discuss the critical issue of global undernutrition.


  • Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses (Japanese translation)
    Nutrition

    A report, translated into Japanese, from the February 15 Summit Advance Workshop held in Tokyo. The event welcomed 50 leaders from Japan and the international nutrition community to discuss the critical issue of global undernutrition.


  • Media and Mental Health: Breaking Down Stigma and Challenging Inaccuracies
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    At the 2012 Pacific Health Summit, many health journalists expressed their frustration about both the lack of support for quality reporting on mental health and the need to better inform policymakers and the public about this issue. As a follow-up, NBR spoke with leading health journalists and media representatives to gather their insights on the role of media in raising awareness about mental health issues in developed and developing countries.


  • 2012 Pacific Health Summit Report
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    The 2012 Pacific Health Summit took place in London in June 2012 and addressed the theme “Game Changers: Affordability and Technologies for Health.” The report highlights key discussions and the impact from the Summit, which brought together global leaders from science, industry, and policy to discuss how to realize the dream of a healthier future through affordable health technology innovations.


  • Strengthening Regulatory Frameworks to Fuel Health Technology
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    How are regulatory inefficiencies impeding innovation in technologies for health, and what critical regulatory elements should be addressed to improve access to life-saving tools? As a follow-up to regulatory discussions that took place at the 2012 Pacific Health Summit, NBR spoke with global health leaders from science, industry, and policy who addressed these issues and more.


  • Affordable Solutions: Strengthening Disease Prevention and Detection through Appropriate Technologies
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    Victor Shi, Asia Pacific President of QIAGEN, addresses disease prevention efforts in developing countries and underscores the economic case for utilizing new diagnostic technologies to drastically reduce disease and maximize country resources.


  • Health Technology Innovation in Japan: Challenges and Opportunities in Turbulent Times
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    Kenichi Matsumoto, Chairman and CEO, Sakura Global Holding Co. Ltd, discusses the current economic challenges, opportunities, and critical next steps for the health-related private sector in Japan, as the Japanese government, faced with a rapidly aging population, strives to reduce healthcare costs.


  • Improving the Diagnostic Ecosystem: A Critical Step in Controlling the TB Epidemic in India and Globally
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    India has the highest burden of TB in the world, and faces the ever-present threat of multi-drug resistant TB strains. Madhukar Pai (McGill University) discusses TB prevention efforts in India, focusing on recent breakthroughs in TB diagnostic technology and the current barriers to the adoption of effective diagnostic tools in the region.


  • Improving Nutrition: Early Childhood Development and Mobile Health
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    Millions of children suffer from stunted physical growth and impaired cognitive ability due to lack of nutrient rich foods. Experts from World Vision International discuss the importance of early childhood nutrition and recent developments in mobile technologies that may provide powerful solutions for undernutrition in resource poor settings.


  • Technologies for Health: Assessing Affordability
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    How can policymakers accurately assess the affordability of health technologies? David Heymann (Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House) discusses the key challenges in assessing affordability and sheds light on the potential impact of Asia’s increasing growth in domestic R&D and manufacturing of health technologies on emerging markets.


  • Matching Realism with Aspiration: Challenges and Successes in the Use of Technology for Global Health
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    A roundtable discussion on why it is important to bring practical expectations to any discussion about technology’s potential to aid in global health.


  • APEC Health IT Report: Leveraging Advances in Health IT
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    "Leveraging Advances in Health IT" by NBR highlights observations and recommendations from leaders gathered at the August 2009 workshop on how health IT can help combat infectious diseases and improve health care delivery in the Asia-Pacific.


  • Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in Rural India
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    This 2008 NBR Center for Health and Aging Case Study explores the model and approach of one organization in India, the Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI), and provides a brief analysis of key lessons learned over the past few years.


  • 2007 Health Information and Technology (HIT) Case Studies
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    The NBR Center for Health and Aging has updated and expanded its library of HIT case studies for 2007. Documents range from case studies of HIT adoption in different countries to overviews on key elements of HIT. Functional case studies are also included.


  • Focus India HIT Workshop report
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    A report from the February 2007 "Focus India HIT Workshop" held in Mumbai, India.


  • Information Technology: Advancing Global Health
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation, illustrates how we can use HIT to address major challenges facing global health. May 2006


  • HIT Briefing Book, 2006
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    Diverse economy and functional case studies of HIT adoption, as well as overview summaries on key aspects of HIT.


  • From Bullet-Proof Examples to Policy and Practice
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    A report from the November 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Singapore.


  • Making the Case for HIT
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    A report from the April 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Tokyo.


  • Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy
    Affordability and Technologies for Health

    Summit 2006 Breakout Session Report


  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness: How Far Have We Come in the Last Five Years?
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    How will recent developments in pandemic flu preparedness better equip high-risk countries, such as those in Southeast Asia, for future outbreaks? Dr. Peter Clevestig and Rachel Irwin of SIPRI address this and more, including the WHO’s new Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and the interplay between human and animal health.


  • Diagnosing Inaccuracy: New WHO Policy Shift to End Ineffective TB Practices
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    Why does TB continue to prevail around the world, and what are the implications of the recent WHO policy recommendation to ban blood tests to diagnose active TB? Dr. Mario Raviglione (Stop TB Department, WHO) addresses these questions and more in this expert interview, including what policymakers must do to curb the spread of TB.


  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) through a Health Literacy Lens
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    A collection thoughtful voices from leaders across sectors exploring the key successes and challenges, and potential of partnerships in promoting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.


  • Tuberculosis—The Business Case: Moving Beyond the Status Quo
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    An outline of the ways in which the private sector is already, and could be even more, effectively engaged in the fight against TB. This document formed the foundation for discussions on new and ongoing public-private partnerships around TB at the 2009 Pacific Health Summit.


  • Pandemic Influenza Vaccines: Building a Platform for Global Collaboration
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    A report from the January 2007 Pandemic Influenza Vaccines Workshop, which took place in Beijing and was co-presented by the Chinese CDC and The NBR Center for Health and Aging. A Summit 2006 Plenary Session on Vaccines provided the foundation for these discussions.


  • An Avian Flu Pandemic: What Would It Mean, and What Can We Do?
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    This launch publication for the Emerging Infections/Pandemics Lab grapples with questions surrounding the possibility of an avian flu pandemic through both 1) essays that reconsider the familiar concept of “national security” from the vantage point of public health and the implications of a pandemic on international politics and trade, and 2) essays that compare the private and public sectors and their respective roles and responsibilities in the event of a pandemic crisis. June 2006


  • Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy
    Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Lab

    Summit 2006 Breakout Session Report


  • Another Tsunami Warning: Caring for Japan’s Elderly
    Personal Health

    In this op-ed piece first published by The National Bureau of Asian Research, Dr. Michael Birt, Executive Director of the Summit, discusses how the devastating experience for Japan’s aging population during the tragedies of March 11 reflects the ongoing crisis of Japan’s demographic shift.


  • Responding to the Modern Lifestyle: A Personal Approach to Health Using Chinese Medical Sciences
    Personal Health

    A report from the October 15, 2007 Personal Health Workshop held in Beijing. This workshop was co-presented by the NBR Center for Health and Aging, the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and the Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine with support from Coca-Cola’s Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness and Intel.


  • Integrating People and Approaches Toward Personal Health
    Personal Health

    The launch publication for the Personal Health Lab examines the benefits of integrating Western and Eastern approaches to health and medicine, as well as how that integration can occur at the government, cultural, and local levels, between doctor and patient. June 2006


  • Chronic Neglect
    Personal Health

    An article in the 2006 September/October issue of Foreign Policy magazine by Michael Birt, Executive Director of the Pacific Health Summit, examines the rise of chronic diseases in the developing world.


  • East Meets West - Staying Healthy vs. Curing Disease
    Personal Health

    Summit 2006 Breakout Session Report.


  • Fighting Fat - Preparing for the Global Obesity Epidemic
    Personal Health

    Summit 2006 Breakout Session Report.


  • Universal Health Coverage and Immunization: Mutual Reinforcement for a Healthier World
    Universal Health Coverage

    This report outlines key themes and outcomes on the synergies between the universal health coverage movement and the global push for wider immunization coverage around the globe. The discussion took place at a workshop held at the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.


  • Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach Through Stronger Health Systems (UHC Workshop Backgrounder)
    Universal Health Coverage

    This “Integrating Immunization” brief was prepared in advance of the 2011 Summit workshop, “Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach to Strengthening Health Systems.” This brief posits that in order to achieve and sustain high immunization coverage, universal health coverage (UHC) and immunization programs must engage with health system strengthening (HSS efforts) in crucial areas of service delivery, human resources, leadership and governance, health financing, and information.


  • Thailand’s New National Vaccine Strategy: Building Capacity, Accelerating Production
    Universal Health Coverage

    Following the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines, NBR spoke with Yot Teerawattananon (Thailand’s Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program) about Thailand’s new national vaccine strategy. Dr. Teerawattananon discusses Thailand’s vaccine infrastructure, potential challenges to the plan, and the role of middle-income countries in vaccine manufacturing.


  • Universal Health Coverage: A Sine Qua Non for Improved and Sustained Maternal and Newborn Health?
    Universal Health Coverage

    A collection of unique voices exploring the challenges and promise of universal health coverage in the context of maternal and newborn health.


  • Relief Efforts in Japan One Year Later: Reflections and Lessons Learned
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    Sumie Ishii, Managing Director, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), discusses the acute health needs that women faced, and continue to face, following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She also examines Japan’s successes and challenges in coordinating relief efforts between sectors.


  • The Business Case: Why and How Should Industry Engage in Maternal and Newborn Health?
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    Why does the role of industry matter in maternal and newborn health (MNH) and how can the private sector best engage in this field? This Business Case report provides resources and recommendations for how and why industry players can partner with MNH organizations—using a business-centric approach.


  • The Potential of Technology to Transform Maternal and Newborn Health: Reflections from a Gathering of Unlike Minds
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    This Q&A discussion features key leaders from different sectors examining the potential of innovative, appropriate tools to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH), as well as the business models that can effectively deliver these innovations to markets in Asia and around the globe. The conversation originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Pacific Health Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.


  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) through a Health Literacy Lens
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    A collection thoughtful voices from leaders across sectors exploring the key successes and challenges, and potential of partnerships in promoting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.


  • Universal Health Coverage: A Sine Qua Non for Improved and Sustained Maternal and Newborn Health?
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    A collection of unique voices exploring the challenges and promise of universal health coverage in the context of maternal and newborn health.


  • 2010 Summit Report
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    The 2010 Summit Report summarizes the key discussions and impact of 2010 Summit.


  • 2010 Summit Challenge
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    Global leaders share their vision for the 2010 Pacific Health Summit.


  • UN Secretary
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    General Ban Ki-moon sends special message to the 2010 Pacific Health Summit.


  • 2010 Calls for Collaboration
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    This collection of Calls for Collaboration from the 2010 Pacific Health Summit represents one of the ways the Secretariat responded to the hopes and vision for what could be accomplished together at the Summit and beyond. It contains many of the Calls for Collaboration distributed at the 2010 Summit and it is our hope that they will continue to inspire dialogue and foster new partnerships beyond those gathered at the 2010 Summit.


  • Maternal and Early Childhood Health
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    Joint Frontiers Meeting co-hosted by the Wellcome Trust and The Childrent's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).


  • The Business Case for Maternal and Newborn Health
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    A catalyst for Summit discussions on industry engagement in maternal and newborn health.


  • Maternal and Newborn Health: A Vietnam Roundtable Discussion
    Maternal and Newborn Health

    A summary report from February 2 Roundtable discussion held in Hanoi, Vietnam by NBR Center for Health and Aging and the Institute of Social and Medical Studies, with support from GlaxoSmithKline. The Roundtable convened 27 of Vietnam’s leaders from civil society, public health, medicine, policy, industry, and academia to examine critical topics and priorities in maternal and newborn health in Vietnam.


  • Perspectives from Industry: Tiered Pricing and Vaccine Access
    Vaccines

    What are the key challenges to improving access to vaccines in the 21st century? Pharmaceutical leaders Mark Feinberg (Merck Vaccines at Merck & Co.), Suresh Jadhav (Serum Institute of India Ltd.), and Jean Stéphenne (GSK Biologicals) provide industry perspectives on the increasingly complex nature of vaccine development and the need for a revised tiered pricing structure that better addresses the needs of low- and middle-income countries.


  • Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century
    Vaccines

    Pacific Health Summit conference report, “Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century," which summarizes key discussions and impact of the 2011 Summit.


  • Preparing for the Global Market: China’s Expanding Role as a Vaccine Manufacturer
    Vaccines

    What are the forces behind China’s recent enormous growth in vaccine manufacturing, and what are the implications for global health? A novel gathering of Chinese industry and government leaders discussed the outward-facing trends of the booming industry and its latest efforts to meet international regulatory standards. This discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.


  • Keeping the Trust: Targeting Communication Gaps and Driving Vaccine Confidence
    Vaccines

    This report sprang from a captivating 2011 Summit plenary on the different ways to promote public confidence in, and curb outbreaks of anxiety surrounding immunization efforts. Foremost leaders in global health contribute to a holistic discussion on an array of topics, including open communication between scientists and journalists, and channels to effectively navigate social and cultural misunderstandings.


  • Universal Health Coverage and Immunization: Mutual Reinforcement for a Healthier World
    Vaccines

    This report outlines key themes and outcomes on the synergies between the universal health coverage movement and the global push for wider immunization coverage around the globe. The discussion took place at a workshop held at the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.


  • A New Global Framework to Bring Vaccine Pricing into the 21st Century
    Vaccines

    Ambassador Mark Dybul (Georgetown University) discusses why a new global pricing framework for vaccines is needed.


  • Thailand’s New National Vaccine Strategy: Building Capacity, Accelerating Production
    Vaccines

    Following the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines, NBR spoke with Yot Teerawattananon (Thailand’s Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program) about Thailand’s new national vaccine strategy. Dr. Teerawattananon discusses Thailand’s vaccine infrastructure, potential challenges to the plan, and the role of middle-income countries in vaccine manufacturing.


  • 2011 Calls for Collaboration
    Vaccines

    This collection of Calls for Collaboration from the 2011 Pacific Health Summit represents one of the ways the Secretariat responded to the hopes and vision for what could be accomplished together at the Summit and beyond. It contains many of the Calls for Collaboration distributed at the 2011 Summit and it is our hope that they will continue to inspire dialogue and foster new partnerships in vaccines and immunization beyond those gathered at the 2011 Summit.


  • 2011 Summit Challenge
    Vaccines

    Global leaders share their vision for the 2011 Pacific Health Summit. The Challenge contains brief thought pieces addressing the Summit theme of "Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century."


  • The Current Vaccine Wave and Global Health: Production, Policy, Pricing, and Promising Technologies
    Vaccines

    Adel Mahmoud (Princeton University) discusses the major trends and achievements in the vaccine field over the last two decades, focusing on the impact of, and challenges surrounding, new vaccines, including pricing policies, financial structures, and the role of emerging market manufacturers.


  • Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach Through Stronger Health Systems (UHC Workshop Backgrounder)
    Vaccines

    This "Integrating Immunization" brief was prepared in advance of the 2011 Summit workshop, “Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach to Strengthening Health Systems.” This brief posits that in order to achieve and sustain high immunization coverage, universal health coverage (UHC) and immunization programs must engage with health system strengthening (HSS efforts) in crucial areas of service delivery, human resources, leadership and governance, health financing, and information.


  • Delivering on the Promise of Vaccines: Strengthening the Continuum from Research and Development to Delivery to Eradication
    Vaccines

    In this Impact and Innovations series thought piece, Dr. Seth Berkley posits that while the path for vaccines from research and development to delivery and eradication of disease has historically been long and bumpy, the full life-saving potential of vaccine will only be realized if these efforts are better integrated into a seamless continuum.


  • A Pivotal Moment for China and Vaccine Manufacturing
    Vaccines

    Jiankang (Jack) Zhang (PATH, China Office), a key leader in China's vaccine industry, explains that the March 2011 announcement of China achieving WHO "pre-qualification" for its national regulatory system for vaccines, which will allow Chinese-manufactured vaccines to compete for UN tenders, marks a turning point for China's vaccine industry and international engagement.


  • Immunization Effectiveness – The Less Understood Dimensions
    Vaccines

    Is vaccine effectiveness only dependent upon the quality of the vaccine and cold chain reliability, or more a broad result of how well health systems deliver? Dr. KV Balasubramaniam explores critical aspects of vaccine delivery including health system preparedness, capacity, and ‘program errors,’ arguing that much more attention and resources should be devoted to improving delivery systems to ensure the full benefits of vaccination reaches those who need it most.


  • Maximizing Every Dose and Dollar: The Imperative of Efficiency in Vaccine Delivery
    Vaccines

    Are health delivery systems in developing countries prepared to accommodate the demands and stresses that the new generation of bulkier, more expensive vaccines will bring over next decade? This Oliver Sabot, Prashant Yadav, and Michel Zaffran thought piece argues that seemingly simple and well-run vaccine supply chain and delivery systems are in reality quite complex and ill-prepared to handle soon-to-be-available vaccines, and that these systems will need systematic overhauling to deliver on the life-saving potential of these innovations.


  • In Defense of Health, Beyond Humanitarianism: Marketing Vaccines as National Security Products
    Vaccines

    Dr. Najwa Khuri-Bulos explores how the global health community should be branding and marketing vaccines, and the potential to improve uptake and increase country-driven funding for vaccines by learning from the success of military marketing and branding.


  • Expanding Vaccine Manufacturing Capacity and Potential: Broad Evolutions in Technology
    Vaccines

    In advance of the 2011 Summit, NBR, the Summit Secretariat, is conducting a series of interviews on current issues facing the global vaccines and immunization field. We spoke with Dr. Nigel Darby (GE Healthcare), who explains that technologies for vaccine development and manufacturing are rapidly expanding and adapting to address the major diseases and emerging threats of today, and an increase in-country manufacturing capacity is helping fuel this transformation.


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